Burt Hara has been principal clarinetist with the Minnesota Orchestra since 1987. A native of California, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984 from the Curtis Institute of Music, where his principal teachers were Donald Montanaro, Yehuda Gilad, and Mitchell Lurie.
Burt formerly served as principal clarinet of the Alabama Symphony. In 1996, he was appointed Principal Clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra by Wolfgang Sawallisch, but returned to Minnesota the following year. As a teacher, he has held positions at the University of Alabama and the University of Montevallo. He currently serves on the faculty at the Aspen Music Festival and School.
Burt currently resides in Minneapolis with his family.