Joe Burgstaller – Trumpet

Trumpeter JOE BURGSTALLER has thrilled audiences throughout the world with his stunning virtuosity, captivating sensitivity and engaging personality.  Formerly with CANADIAN BRASS (7 ½ years as a featured trumpeter/arranger) and the avant-garde MERIDIAN ARTS ENSEMBLE (6 years), he was also one of the all-time most popular SOLOISTS at COLUMBIA ARTISTS’ COMMUNITY CONCERTS (alumni include Van Cliburn and Heifetz), performing over 60 solo concerts every year.

Burgstaller has performed in front of more than 40 orchestras (Philadelphia, Minnesota, Detroit, Houston, Baltimore, New Jersey, Virginia,, and in more than 50 Music Festivals.  He has performed and taught in hundreds of cities throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, and has performed and taught at over 80 universities, conservatories and colleges around the world.  His extensive discography includes his solo CD The Virtuoso Trumpet and three Top-10 Billboard hits with Canadian Brass.  His last two CDs with his crossover group BM4 were Top-50 on the JazzRadio charts and the Roots Radio Report (under Paul Simon but right above the Beastie Boys).

Mr. Burgstaller tours worldwide as a soloist, with his hit crossover group BM4 (BurgstallerMartignon4), with the revolutionary NY Brass Arts Trio, and as a clinician and teacher.  He is on the faculty at THE PEABODY INSTITUTE (The Johns Hopkins University) in Baltimore, MD, where he teaches trumpet, chamber music and a special Performance Class series for all instruments called “The Myth of Reality and the Illusion of Control”.  Every summer he teaches at the MUSIC ACADEMY OF THE WEST in Santa Barbara, CA.

Joe has the distinction of being a former full-time member of both of the premiere brass groups in the history of their respective fields: Canadian Brass and the avant-garde Meridian Arts Ensemble.  With Canadian Brass, Joe was often featured as a soloist, and the group performed and recorded his arrangements ( heralded his “superb set of arrangements” for the music of Astor Piazzolla).  As a member of the Meridian Arts Ensemble, Mr. Burgstaller received the ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award, and recorded his compositions and arrangements. Gramophone heralded his original work Lullaby “an understated gem.”

Burgstaller was also one of the all-time most popular soloists at Columbia Artists’ Community Concerts, performing nearly 60 solo concerts each season with his Joe Burgstaller: The Rafael Méndez Project. The Instrumentalist dubbed him “The Next Méndez.”  Joe is the inaugural recipient of Distinguished Alumnus Awards from both Arizona State University and Eastern Music Festival.  He is in his second decade as a Yamaha Performing Artist, and has an extensive discography.

“dashing… dazzled like sheet-lightning”
-The Washington Post-
“superhuman musicality… Burgstaller even played two trumpets at the same time!”
-The Syracuse Standard (NY)-
“full of heart… “
-Klassik Magazine (Cologne, Germany)-
“Burgstaller was a true miracle… (!)”
-Der Neuer Merker (Munich, Germany)-
“a meteoric career”
-The Arizona Republic-
“world-class… breathtaking”
-Die FrankfurterHoff (Germany)-
“Burgstaller continually delighted the audience with his musical dexterity… indefatigable…”
-The Ann Arbor News (MI)-
“gorgeous flugelhorn… superb arrangements…”
“flashy, perfectly executed solos… awesome on the piccolo trumpet.”
-Times-Union (Tory, NY)-
“a dazzling display of what could be done with a trumpet.”
-Stratford Beacon Herald (Ontario, Canada)-
“delighted the audience with an amazing display of skill and technique, a virtuosic performance, plus the passion of a display of superb musicianship.”
-The Pine Bluff Commercial (AR)-
“thoroughly enchanted the audience… dazzling technique and artistry.”
-The Paris Beacon-News (IL)-
“enthralled the audience with an almost unbelievable mastery of his instrument…”
-The Lancaster Intelligencer Journal (PA)-
“beautiful, filled with expression…”
-The Concordia Blade-Empire (KS)-
“a rare and enriching performance… incredible musical talent…”
-The Delta County Independent (CO)-
“Josef Burgstaller’s fingers were a blur, with every Gatling gun-style note delivered perfectly on his piccolo trumpet during a Bach number.”
-Argus Leader (SD)-
“Josef Burgstaller’s [original composition] Lullaby is an understated gem”
-Gramophone Magazine-

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