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Christopher Martin joins the New York Philharmonic as Principal Trumpet in the 2016–17 season. Currently in his 11th season as principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), he 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 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 serves 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. Christopher Martin and his wife, Margaret — an organist and pianist — enjoy performing together in recital and, most especially, for their one-year-old daughter, Claire.
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