Ethan Dintzner is a first-year student at the University of Chicago. His love of classical music began when he was in preschool in Los Angeles, California. There he would listen to a variety of music at home and attended the Los Angeles Philharmonic Symphonies for Youth concerts. His family moved to Austin when Ethan was in elementary school, and in sixth grade he joined band as a clarinetist. He continues to play the clarinet and enjoy concerts by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Austin, La Follia, and the UT Wind Ensemble.
Ethan spends hours of his free time independently teaching himself music theory and composition. His first piece, Piano Concerto in Db, was performed by the Austin Symphony Orchestra as one of the winners of the 2018 Young Composers Competition. In addition, he is the principal clarinetist of the Westlake High School Wind Ensemble and Orchestra, a three-year member of the Austin Youth Orchestra, and has performed twice in the Texas All-State Symphonic Band.
His passion for music is joined by a love of language and science. Ethan is currently studying Latin, German, Greek, and Korean. He has participated in more than ten Junior Classical League conventions for Latin and Greek and is traveling to Germany this summer to continue his study of the German language abroad. Ethan’s concentration in science is biology and biotechnology. He was admitted to the University of Chicago’s Class of 2023 to study molecular biology and linguistics, and hopefully will play clarinet in one of the school’s many ensembles.