After 25 seasons as Principal Clarinet of the Minnesota Orchestra, Burt Hara joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Associate Principal Clarinet. He has served as Principal Clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, the St. Louis Symphony, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, and the Seattle Symphony.
At the age of 14, Hara made his solo debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A frequent soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, Hara has also soloed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Tucson Symphony, the Alabama Symphony, Aspen Chamber Symphony, Cedar Rapids Symphony, the Quad Cities Symphony, the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, and the Monterey Symphony.
Hara is a faculty member at California State University–Fullerton and the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. He has also served on the faculties of the Aspen Music Festival, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Alabama.
Hara is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Donald Montanaro. His principal teachers also include Yehuda Gilad and Mitchell Lurie. Burt Hara is a Buffet Group USA and Vandoren Performing Artist.