May 17, 2016

NWS Alum Makes Big Move in Big Five

Christopher Martin 1997The New York Philharmonic has announced that Christopher Martin will join them as Principal Trumpet, The Paula Levin Chair, in September 2016, at the start of the 2016–17 season. Following auditions of candidates from around the world, Mr. Martin was offered the position by Music Director Alan Gilbert. He currently holds the same position at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He will succeed Philip Smith, who retired at the end of the 2013–14 season, after 36 seasons of service.

Chris was a New World Symphony Fellow, although briefly, in the Fall of 1997. He is currently in his 11th season as Principal Trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), and has enjoyed a distinctive career of almost 20 years in many of America’s finest orchestras. Prior to his CSO appointment by Daniel Barenboim, Mr. Martin served as Principal Trumpet of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Associate Principal Trumpet of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Praised as a musician of “effortless understated virtuosity” by The Chicago Tribune, Christopher Martin has appeared as soloist multiple times domestically and internationally with the CSO and their Music Director Riccardo Muti.

Highlights of Mr. Martin’s solo appearances include the 2012 World Premiere of Christopher Rouse’s concerto Heimdall’s Trumpet; Panufnik’s Concerto in modo antico, with Mr. Muti; a program of 20th-century French concertos by André Jolivet and Henri Tomasi; and more than a dozen performances of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2. Other solo appearances have featured Mr. Martin with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa’s Saito Kinen Festival, the Atlanta Symphony, the Alabama Symphony, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico.

Christopher Martin’s discography includes a solo trumpet performance in John Williams’s score to Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (2012), the National Brass Ensemble ’s Gabrieli album, and CSO Resound label recordings, including the widely acclaimed 2011 release of CSO Brass Live.

Dedicated to music education, Mr. Martin has served on the faculty of Northwestern University and coaches the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. In 2010 he co-founded the National Brass Symposium with his brother Michael Martin, a trumpeter in the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and in 2016 he received the Edwin Franko Goldman Memorial Citation from the American Bandmasters Association for outstanding contributions to the wind band genre.

Above photo of Christopher Martin in 1997 courtesy of NWS Archives

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