Paul Radke, MM

Applied Instructor: Trombone

Office Location: Warren Music Center
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Paul Radke, MM, joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the summer of 2018 playing the position of Second Trombone. He began playing the trombone at the age of 10 on his father’s instrument, which was originally obtained in a trade for a pig. He grew up in Overland Park, Kansas, where he studied with Dr. Nathan Dishman and Roger Oyster. Radke holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied under Dr. John Marcellus and Larry Zalkind, and a Master’s Degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he studied under Allen Barnhill.

Before joining the Philharmonic, he spent the 2017-2018 season as Acting 2nd Trombone with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. He has also performed with the San Francisco Symphony and the Houston Symphony. In 2016, Radke won both the Frank Smith Solo Competition and the Lewis Van Haney Philharmonic Prize at the International Trombone Festival held in New York City. He has spent summers at the Eastern Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and Chautauqua Music Festival.


  • MM, Rice University, Shepherd School of Music
  • BM, Eastman School of Music

Academic Area

  • School of Music (College of the Arts)


  • Trombone Pedagogy
  • Trombone Performance