INSIGHTSNew Music for Trumpet and Piano
Eric Ewazen, Joseph Turrin, Jamie Whitmarsh
RYAN BEACH, trumpet
RACHAEL KERR, piano
ELLSWORTH SMITH COMPETITION WINNER
PROGRAM NOTESBorn in Lincoln, Nebraska, Ryan Beach is a multi-faceted modern musician with eclectic interests that have taken him around the world. Currently Principal Trumpet of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Beach also served in that role with the Indianapolis Symphony and Charlottesville Opera Festival. He has spent two summers as a Tanglewood fellow in Lenox, Massachusetts. As a soloist, he has performed with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the wind ensembles of the University of Texas at Arlington and with the Lincoln Municipal Band. Beach has also performed as a substitute musician with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Overseas, he performed the Hummel and Leopold Mozart trumpet concertos with the Szczecin Philharmonic in Poland and the Brandenburg Concerto No.2 with the Malaysian Philharmonic. A frequent performance prize winner, Beach was the second trumpet player in International Trumpet Guild conference history to win both the Solo and Orchestral Excerpt competitions in the same conference (2011) and only the second American ever to win the Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Competition. In addition to his performance career, Beach is the creator of the well-known podcast “That’s Not Spit, It’s Condensation!”, in which he interviews prominent musicians, conductors, composers, educators and industry professionals on a variety of topics. Beach also gives master classes and coaching on practice organization and personal development.
B-flat trumpet: Bach 37; C trumpet: Bach 239 / 25H Sterling silver bell
Mouthpieces: Karl Hammond
Piccolo trumpet: Schilke P5-4
Mouthpiece: Peter Pickett
Mutes: Denis Wick straight mute, Best Brass harmon mute
Rachael Kerr is a versatile pianist, appearing internationally as a soloist, chamber musician and vocal coach. As a pianist at the Canadian Opera Company, Kerr has worked on numerous productions, including workshop premieres of new operas by Rufus Wainwright and Ana Sokolovic. She has also held staff pianist positions at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and the Académie Orford Musique. Kerr has been a rehearsal pianist for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in numerous projects, including world premieres by Brett Dean, Vincent Ho and Gary Kulesha, and for vocal and instrumental soloists appearing at the Toronto Symphony. She has also previously served as a pianist for the International Trumpet Guild conference. Notable performances include appearances in Toronto as part of the Toronto Summer Music Festival and performances at the Vianden Castle in Luxembourg. She was also featured in a recital tour across Ontario and Quebec under the auspices of Jeunesses Musicales du Canada. Kerr holds a doctorate from Northwestern University, where she was a faculty instructor in music theory. While in Chicago, she collaborated with the Chicago Chamber Musicians’ Ensemble. Her affinity for collaboration with brass and winds has led to appearances with world-renowned artists, including Jens Lindemann, Gail Williams, Michael Henoch, Lawrie Bloom, Dennis Michel, Barbara Butler and Chris Martin.
Recorded 15-20 August 2016 at the Bass School of Music, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma. Produced by Michael Anderson. Recorded, mixed and edited by Jamie Whitmarsh. Mastered by John Parks, Garnet House Productions.
PROGRAMJAMIE WHITMARSH (b.1988)
PORTRAITS for Solo Trumpet (2016)
ERIC EWAZEN (b.1954)
SONATA for Trumpet and Piano (1995)
I. Lento – Allegro molto
III. Allegro con fuoco
INSIGHTS for Trumpet and Piano (2013)
JOSEPH TURRIN (b.1947)
CAPRICE for Trumpet and Piano (1972)