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The New York Trumpet Ensemble


The New York Trumpet Ensemble was formed and founded in 1974 by Gerard Schwarz in order to record the groundbreaking recording A Festival of Trumpets for NoneSuch records. It was the first recording of many newly discovered works for multiple trumpets by Heinrich Bieber, Samuel Scheidt, Giovanni Gabrieli and other baroque era composers.

During the 1980’s, The New York Trumpet Ensemble produced a number of baroque trumpet recordings and performed with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Madeira Bach Festival and the Vermont Mozart Festival.

In the 1990's, Mark Gould assumed the leadership of the ensemble and changed the direction of the music. In 1991, The New York Trumpet Ensemble recorded Trumpets In Stride (Summit Records; itunes)  and a new era was born. The ensemble began to perform traditional jazz arranged for the unusual combination of 4 trumpets, piano and tuba. Their concerts of the music of Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Bix Biederbecke and Hoagy Carmichael were very popular throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan. 

A few years later, The New York Trumpet Ensemble was retired when Mr. Gould's first son was born. The demands of family and the Metropolitan Opera were too much for the group and it was disbanded, to be re-born in 2010. 

The ensemble currently serves as artists-in-residence at The University of Scranton for the 2011-2012 school year.


Mark Gould is one of the best known trumpeters of his generation. He was principal trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra from 1974-2003 and has been on the faculty of The Juilliard School since 1982. He joined the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music in September 2004, and currently chairs the brass department there.  

Mr. Gould’s students play in many of the major orchestras and chamber ensembles of the world, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Seattle Symphony, New York Brass Quintet, Canadian Brass, Empire Brass, Boston Brass, Meridian Arts Ensemble, Extension Ensemble, New York Big Brass and Burning River Brass. He is a much sought after teacher throughout the world and has spent considerable time in Japan and Europe as a teacher and clinician.

Mr. Gould has been very active as a trumpet soloist and conductor. He has conducted and performed as soloist with the Seattle Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Colorado Philharmonic, Buffalo Symphony, The Juilliard Wind Ensemble, The Waterloo Festival, The Caramoor Festival and the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra. In 2001, he was the conductor of the Juilliard Wind Ensemble in the recording  “Shadowcatcher”,  on New World Records, which features the work of Juilliard composers, Eric Ewazen and William Schuman. More recently, in September 2004, he made his conducting debut with The Manhattan School of Music Wind Ensemble in a program of Stravinsky, Antheil and Frank Zappa. In 2005, he conducted the MSM wind ensemble in a program of Grainger, Ligeti, and Bernstein.  In 2005, Mr. Gould was appointed as the music director of the Brass Band of Battle Creek, America’s premiere brass band. He also founded and directs The Manhattan School of Music Brass Orchestra and co-founded/directs The Scranton Brass Orchestra.

Gould has led an active life in chamber music. He is the director of The New York Trumpet Ensemble and has recorded 6 albums with them. The most recent, “All Praise Be Thine” was released on the 8 Bells Label. He has appeared and recorded with numerous high profile chamber music groups and ensembles. He has been a frequent guest with Speculum Musicae, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The MET Chamber Ensemble, Empire Brass, Canadian Brass, Summit Brass, The Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble and Extension Ensemble. 

Mr. Gould has performed as a soloist on many recordings. His most recent solo release is Café 1930, an album of trumpet and guitar music on the Angel/EMI label. As principal trumpet of The Metropolitan Opera, he participated in over 40 “Live from Lincoln Center” performances on PBS and numerous audio recordings of operas and symphonic works under the direction of James Levine, among which were the Grammy Award winning recordings of The Ring of the Nibelung and Parsifal for Deutsche Grammophon.  He has performed and recorded Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #2 with Philharmonia Virtuosi for Sony Records.


Mark Gould
Caleb Hudson
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