Ryan Anthony is most notably known for his varied career as soloist, educator, chamber musician and orchestral player. Having departed the world-renowned brass ensemble Canadian Brass in 2003, Anthony quickly became one of the most sought after trumpet players in America both as a soloist and orchestral player. Mr. Anthony is Principal Trumpet (emeritus) with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and has also served as principal trumpet for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, and played in the sections of New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra and Israel Philharmonic.
Ryan’s solo career started young at only 16 years of age when he won the highly publicized Seventeen Magazine/General Motors Concerto Competition —the second ever to win the Grand Prize after Joshua Bell—Anthony continues to win over audiences and critics with his charismatic performances and artistic finesse. Mr. Anthony’s career has continued with symphony solo appearances spanning over 20 states that include the Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Dallas Symphony and regional orchestras including IRIS Chamber Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Winston-Salem, Portland, Springfield, Dayton, Idaho Civic, San Juan and Richmond symphonies. Summer festivals with solo engagements include New Hampshire Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Sewanee Music Festival, Blast of Brass and international Pan-Pacific Music Festival, Sydney, Australia, Affinis Music Festival, Hiroshima, Japan, and Banff Music Festival, Alberta, Canada. Reviews have said “In his hands, the horn gets beyond the stereotype to become a mouthpiece for the composer’s voice and performer’s personality” (Memphis Commercial Appeal) and “There must be other trumpet players in this world as fine as Ryan Anthony, but you’d never think so while listening to him play” (Fanfare Magazine).
As an educator he was Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music just prior to joining the Canadian Brass in 2000 and served as Artist/Faculty at North Carolina School of the Arts during 2004-2005. His master classes have spanned the globe to include leading conservatories in Europe, Asia, and North America. He is currently a Yamaha artist and has edited and recorded both the Haydn and Hummel Trumpet Concertos for Hal Leonard Publishing. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Ryan Anthony received the school’s Alumni Achievement Award in 2001.
Alison Balsom has performed with some of the greatest conductors and orchestras of our time including Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel, Sir Roger Norrington, l’Orchestre de Paris, San Francisco and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York and London Philharmonic orchestras, and has appeared as soloist at the Last Night of the BBC Proms. She regularly collaborates with some of the world’s leading chamber ensembles including the Academy of Ancient Music, Il Pomo d’Oro, The English Concert and most recently The Balsom Ensemble (a handpicked group of leading Baroque soloists). Alison is a recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including Gramophone Artist of the Year, the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Award, three Echo Klassik Awards and three Classic BRIT awards (two of which as Female Artist of the Year).
Alison studied trumpet at both the Paris Conservatoire, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and, in addition to her honorary doctorates from Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Leicester, is now an Honorary Fellow and Visiting Professor at the Guildhall. Alison regularly teaches masterclasses worldwide, including at the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute. In addition to her busy performing schedule, Alison has previously given a TED talk, entitled ‘Music as a Healer’ and a lecture at Somerville College, Oxford University on ‘Women in the Arts’. A passionate advocate of the importance of music education, she is also an ambassador for the BBC’s Ten Pieces project.
In 2013 Alison conceived and then became creative producer and protagonist of the critically acclaimed production Gabriel at Shakespeare’s Globe in London - a project that Alison will revive in concert at the Barbican in October 2019 as part of her residency at Milton Court, London. Other projects that form part of her season as Artist in Residence include Miles Davis’ Sketches of Spain with Guildhall Jazz Orchestra, a virtuosic and experimental programme of Purcell and Birtwistle with Britten Sinfonia, and an ‘In Conversation’ event with trumpet legend, Wynton Marsalis. Further highlights of 2019-20 include performances with Music of the Baroque in Chicago conducted by Jane Glover, the Academy of Ancient Music and Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Passionate about pushing the boundaries of her instrument, Alison has had numerous concertos written especially for her. She gave the World Premiere of Guy Barker’s Lanterne of Light at the BBC Proms and she includes Thea Musgrave’s Trumpet Concerto, Bramwell Tovey’s Songs of the Paradise Saloon and Qigang-Chen’s Joie Eternelle amongst her repertoire.
Recent career highlights include residencies at the Wigmore Hall and Cambridge Corn Exchange, concerto performances with the New York Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre National de Toulouse as well European tours with the Kammerorchester Basel, Zurich Chamber Orchestra and The Balsom Ensemble.
From 2018-19, Alison was Artistic Director of Cheltenham Music Festival where she curated a season that brought together the London Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Academy of Ancient Music alongside soloists Nicola Benedetti, Jess Gillam and Danielle de Niese. A hugely ambitious programmer, Alison’s 2019 festival included no fewer than 20 new commissions (and subsequently world premieres) and included music by Ruth Gipps, Kaija Saariaho, James MacMillan, Lili Boulanger, Oliver Knussen and many more.
Building upon her rich recording catalogue for EMI Classics and later Warner Classics of over 12 solo albums, Alison’s latest recording entitled Royal Fireworks was released on Warner Classics label in November 2019. She toured the album to Germany in December 2019 which, among others, took her to the Konzerthaus Berlin, Alte Oper Frankfurt and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.
Esteban Batallán, the newly appointed principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, holds the Adolph Herseth Principal Chair, endowed by an anonymous benefactor, in honor of the CSO’s legendary first trumpet.
A native of Barro, Spain, Esteban received his training at the Conservatory of Music in Pontevedra, Conservatory of Music of Vigo, and the School of Musical Studies of Galiciaa. In 2002 he won the Principal Trumpet position in the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, a position that he held until September 2018, and for which he is currently on leave. Other posts include guest principal trumpet of the Teatro alla Scala and Filarmonica della Scala from 2015 to 2018, and the same post at the Royal Orchestra of Seville from 2010 to 2014.
As soloist, he has played with Ensemble Orchestral of Paris, Orchestra of Radio Spanish Television, Gstaad Festival Orchestra, Orchestra of Cordoba, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Geneva Camerata, Concerto Grosso Frankfurt, National Youth Orchestra of Spain, Philharmonic Orchestra of Pontevedra, Symphony Orchestra of India, among others, and has performed under distinguished maestros such as Riccardo Chailly, Bernard Haitink, Zubin Mehta and Jaap van Zweden.
Wayne Bergeron is enjoying a career as one of the most sought-after musicians in the world. Studio sessions, film dates, international touring, jazz concerts, guest appearances, and clinics keep him busy not only in his hometown of Los Angeles, but worldwide. Born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1958, Bergeron came to Los Angeles at age one, so considers himself a native Californian. Originally starting on French horn, he switched to trumpet in seventh grade and found he had natural upper register ability. Bergeron credits his junior high and high school teachers, Ron Savitt and Bob Smith, for molding his talent into practical working skills. Bergeron first caught the ear of many when he landed the lead trumpet chair with Maynard Ferguson’s band in 1986.
Bergeron can be heard on Maynard’s recordings of Body and Soul, Big Bop Nouveau, Brass Attitude, and The One and Only Maynard Ferguson. Bergeron demonstrates daily why Maynard remarked, “Wayne is the most musical lead trumpet player I’ve had on my band.” As a sideman, Bergeron’s list of recording credits reads like a who’s who in contemporary jazz and pop, running the stylistic gamut from Ray Charles to Green Day. Other names include Beyoncé, Barbra Streisand, Michael Buble, The Dirty Loops, Seth MacFarlane, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Seal, Diana Krall, Tito Puente, Christina Aguilera, Dianne Reeves, Michael Bolton, Earth Wind & Fire, The Pussy Cat Dolls, My Chemical Romance, The Mars Volta and many others. Bergeron has worked on over 400 TV & motion picture soundtracks. A partial list of film credits include The Incredibles 2, La La Land, Wreck it Ralph 2, Crazy Rich Asians, The First, Smallfoot, The Predator, Sing, Moana, Frozen, Rocky Balboa, Bridge of Spies, Get On Up, Toy Story 3, Monsters University, Planes, Despicable Me 1 & 2 and numerous others. Bergeron’s passion for big bands has led to his inclusion in some of Los Angeles’ most well-respected bands. He has recorded and played with Quincy Jones, Gordon Goodwin, Arturo Sandoval, Pat Williams, Sammy Nestico, Jack Sheldon, Chris Walden, Tom Kubis, John La Barbara, Bob Florence, Ray Anthony, Bill Watrous, and Bob Curnow. After being behind the scene for so many years, Bergeron stepped out on his own with his first solo effort, You Call This a Living? This debut project earned him a Grammy nomination in 2004 for Best Large Jazz Ensemble, as well as rave reviews from fans and press worldwide. Bergeron’s second CD, Plays Well With Others, released on the Concord Jazz label in 2007, was met with the same acclaim. Bergeron’s most current CD, Full Circle, was released in January of 2016. Bergeron feels this is his best work to date. Bergeron is a National Artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America and is codesigner of the YTR-8335LA trumpet and YFH-8315G Flugelhorn. Bergeron also designed a series of trumpet mouthpieces with Gary Radtke of GR Technologies that are available through Bergeron’s website.
Bergeron was mentored by legends like Uan Racey, Bobby Shew, Warren Luening, Gary Grant, Rick Baptist, and George Graham. He hopes to inspire a new generation of young players and enjoys his work as a clinician and educator. “Nothing makes me feel more accomplished than hearing a young
musician say that I inspired them or had a positive influence on their life. For me, that’s the real payday.” Bergeron is currently on faculty at California State University Northridge.
Thomas Hooten, Principal Trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is one of the world’s most prominent classical trumpeters today. He can be heard on numerous recordings with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the National Brass Ensemble.
Hooten began his career in 2000 with a trumpet/cornet position in “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in Washington, D.C., where he was often a featured soloist. He went on to join the Indianapolis Symphony as Assistant Principal Trumpet in 2004, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as Principal Trumpet in 2006, and the LA Philharmonic in 2012. He released Trumpet Call, his first solo album, in 2011.
Thomas is an active soloist and has appeared with many groups, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, “The President’s Own” US Marine Band, United States Air Force Band, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra. As an orchestral and chamber musician, he has performed with ensembles such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Grand Teton Music Festival, Harrisburg Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony.
Hooten is on the faculty at the University of Southern California where he and his wife, Jennifer Marotta, teach the trumpet studio. He is a passionate educator and offers workshops on career development, audition preparation, and the mental approach to performance. Thomas has given masterclasses and recitals at Juilliard, Northwestern University, Indiana University, Mannes School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, Guildhall School of Music, and many other locations throughout the United States and the world. A native of Tampa, Florida, he earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Florida and his Master of Music degree from Rice University. His primary trumpet teachers have included Armando Ghitalla, John Hagstrom, and Don Owen.
Tom is a Yamaha performing artist.
Arturo Sandoval (bio to come)
Christopher Still joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2007. Before coming to California, he was the Principal Trumpet of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. He has also held the positions of Associate Principal Trumpet of the Dallas Symphony and Principal Trumpet of the Charleston (SC) Symphony. Additionally, Christopher has served as Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Grant Park Festival Orchestra in Chicago’s Millennium Park and Guest Principal with the St. Louis Symphony. He has performed with numerous other orchestras including the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops, and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia in La Coruña, Spain. He has appeared as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Northern New York and the Colorado and the Littleton (CO) symphonies. He can be heard on recordings with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Grant Park, Dallas, and Albany (NY) symphony orchestras. A Yamaha Artist, Christopher is a dedicated educator and an active clinician.
Having grown up in a musical household, Christopher originally intended to become a band director and earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Crane School of Music (SUNY – Potsdam). Switching to performance, he received his Master of Music Performance degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston. He was a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow in 1995 and 1996.
Christopher’s favorite aspect of his job is the orchestra’s frequent performance of contemporary music, especially the Green Umbrella concert series.
Christopher lives in Altadena with his wife, clarinetist Amanda McIntosh, and two children. He enjoys distance running, skiing, brewing beer, and hiking in the trails behind his house.
Jeffrey Strong is Third/Utility Trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Prior to joining the LA Phil, Jeffrey spent four years in the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra as Second Trumpet. Jeffrey also served as a member of the trumpet/cornet section in “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band from 2009 until 2015, where he was an often-featured soloist.
Additionally, Jeffrey has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and he was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
A native of Fresno, California, Jeffrey earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University. His primary teachers have included Barbara Butler, Charles Geyer, David Burkhart, and Joseph Lenigan.
Jeffrey and his wife Maggie are thrilled to have returned to their home state of California with their daughter Sarah, and their dog Archer.
Allen and Laura Vizzutti met while studying at the world famous Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. They married 17 years later and have since toured the world performing recitals together and as soloists. Their recordings include the incredible Carnival of Venus, and A Trumpeter’s Dream.
Laura can be heard performing on movie sound tracks such as “Zeus and Roxanne”, has recorded “Rhapsody in Blue” with the international ensemble ‘Ten of the Best’ and travels extensively performing in Europe, Japan, Australia and North America.
Allen has performed in 66 countries, has 12 solo recordings in both classical and jazz styles and is an accomplished composer. He has earned premier performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Rochester N.Y. Philharmonic, the Budapest Radio Orchestra, and the London Symphony, and the United States Army, Navy and Air Force Bands. His trumpet playing can be heard on over 150 movie and game sound tracks including Back To The Future, Star Trek, Halo and Call of Duty.
Allen has performed and toured with Chick Corea, Woody Herman, Chuck Mangione and ‘Doc” Severinsen. He is currently composing new works and touring internationally in both classical and jazz settings. His newest jazz recording on which Laura, Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke perform is called “Ritzville”, available at www.vizzutti.com and on iTunes.
James Wilt joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in March 2003 as Associate Principal Trumpet. Prior to this, he spent 14 years as the Associate Principal Trumpet of the Houston Symphony. Wilt has also held positions with the New York Philharmonic, the Denver Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Dayton Philharmonic.
Since joining the Los Angeles Philharmonic he has performed regularly on the Chamber Music and Green Umbrella series. In 1999 and 2002, Wilt traveled to Japan to perform as principal trumpet of the Super World Orchestra at the Tokyo Music Festival. In January of 2007, he was invited to be guest principal trumpet with the Symphonica Toscanini under Lorin Maazel during a United States tour.
Wilt received his BM, magna cum laude from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Eugene Blee. His graduate work was done at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Charles Geyer. He recently completed his Master’s degree from Eastman following a 30-year hiatus. Other teachers include Edward Treutel, Gordon Smith, and John Chipurn. He is currently the trumpet professor at the Colburn Conservatory of Music.
Rebecca Wilt has received national and international recognition as a virtuoso collaborative pianist. She has worked with many of the world’s prominent wind instrument performers, as well as some of the country’s foremost vocalists, and has performed in many of the world’s greatest venues in North America, Europe, and Asia. Ms. Wilt studied with John Wustman, “dean of American accompanists” and pianist for Luciano Pavorotti, as well as Jon Spong, pianist for Sherrill Milnes, and Jessica Paul. She has worked with singers Cynthia Lawerence, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Shirley Verrett, Cheryl Studer, Dawn Upshaw, Jennifer Lane, Eleni Matos, Julianne Olson, Stuart Neill, William Warfield, Stanley Jackson, and Scott Bearden. She has also served as pianist and vocal coach for several opera productions, including, La Boheme, La Traviata, Cosi fan Tutte, Die Fledermaus, Le Nozze di Figaro, Romeo et Juliette, Albert Herring, and Susannah, among others. In addition to degrees in vocal coaching/collaborative piano, Rebecca also holds two degrees in vocal performance.
Ms. Wilt has performed in collaboration with members of the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the National Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She has also been the premiere pianist for many of the nation’s wind-instrument conferences and competitions, including: the National Brass Symposium, the Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Competition, the International Trumpet Guild Conference, the National Trumpet Competition, the ARTS competition, the International Trombone Association, the International Horn Society, the North American Saxophone Alliance, the World Saxophone Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair, the National Flute Association, the Music Teacher’s National Association, the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute, the Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Competition, the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, the Tromp Muziek Biennale, and the International Women’s Brass Conference. She frequently gives workshops and master classes at universities and colleges all over the country on topics involving vocal coaching, instrumental chamber music, rehearsing with a pianist, and the competition road.
Rebecca has been on the faculty at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, the University of Kentucky, Messiah College, Central Michigan University and the Interlochen Arts Academy. In addition, she is on the summer faculty for the Center for Advanced Musical Studies in Enfield, New Hampshire, and has been on the vocal coaching staff at the AIMS Festival in Graz, Austria, as well as appearing as guest artist at various festivals all over the world.
Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band - info coming soon!