Charles Berginc, principal trumpet for The Phoenix Symphony, began his musical career in Cleveland, playing the French horn in fourth grade. A year later he traded the horn in for the trumpet due to the instrument's size; he grew tired of dragging the French horn through the snow on the way to school.
Berginc's studies awarded him a bachelor's degree in music from the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music in Ohio and also a master's degree from Boston University. It wasn't until his senior year of college that he played his first classical music concert and, he was hooked.
In addition to his position with The Phoenix Symphony, Berginc is principal trumpet for the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Boston, Cleveland, Dallas and San Antonio symphony orchestras, the State Orchestra of Mexico and the Boston Pops. Berginc lives in Phoenix with his wife Cindy, also a violinist with The Phoenix Symphony, and their two daughters Jasmine and Heather.