Welcome to the show notes for Episode #5 of The Other Side Of The Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features an interview with David Bilger, principal trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Bob Reeves sharing stories about his relationship with the original members of the Canadian Brass.
Listen to the trumpet podcast right from your browser:
Here is David’s biography from the Philadelphia Orchestra web site:
David Bilger holds a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois. Hailed by the New York Times for his playing of “easy brilliance” and by theWashington Post for his “engaging legatotouch,” Mr. Bilger has held the position of principal trumpet of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1995. Prior to joining the Orchestra, he held the same position with the Dallas Symphony.
As a soloist, Mr. Bilger has appeared with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Oakland Symphony, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York, and others. His solo appearances with The Philadelphia Orchestra include a 2008 US Premiere of Herbert Willi’s Eirene for trumpet and orchestra as well as performances of the Tomasi
Trumpet Concerto at Carnegie Hall, and on tour in North and South America in 1998; Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in February 2003; Copland’s Quiet City in October 2004; and Bloch’s Proclamation in 2006. Mr. Bilger has performed recitals in New York, Washington, D.C., Cleveland, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and other major American cities.
Mr. Bilger has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with which he recorded Bach’s Second Brandenburg Concerto. Other chamber music appearances include Chamber Music Northwest, the New York Trumpet Ensemble, Saint Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, as well as guest appearances with the Canadian Brass and the Empire Brass. He recently released a recording of new electro-acoustic music for trumpet and synthesizers with composer Meg Bowles.
Mr. Bilger is currently on the music faculties of the University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music, the Curtis Institute of Music, and Temple University, and he has formerly been affiliated with Swarthmore College, Catholic University, Rice University, and the University of North Texas. He has performed master classes at dozens of institutions, including the Juilliard School of Music, Indiana University, the University of Michigan, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Peabody Conservatory. He has also taught at the Pacific Music Festival and the National Orchestral Institute and in the summer of 2012 at the Aspen Music Festival and School.
David Bilger Lessons on ArtistWorks.com
David Bilger has joined with ArtistWorks to give the aspiring trumpet player a unique opportunity to study with one of the world’s foremost musicians and teachers at a fraction of the cost of a private lesson.
You get unlimited access to an essential collection of HD video classical trumpet lessons, fundamental skills, etudes, key orchestral excerpts and solo repertoire created by David Bilger to help you with auditions and competitions. Whenever you need advice you can show Mr. Bilger what you’re playing and get personalized video feedback designed to take your playing to the next level. These interactions are paired together online for you and all the students to learn from.
Special Trumpet Lesson Discount for Our Podcast Listeners!
We have arranged a special discount just for you, our podcast listeners. You get one month of access free when you sign up for a three month subscription. That’s 4 months of access to David Bilger’s video lessons, one-on-one personalized video feedback, and access to the worldwide community of David’s students for the price of 3 months.
To get your discount code to use during checkout, just take two steps:
We will send you a direct message (DM) with your discount code to use during checkout. Please note, it could take up to 24 hours for us to contact you with the code. Also, we cannot send you a direct message unless you follow @bobreevesbrass on Twitter.
Here’s a fun video I found of the Canadian Brass with their original trumpet players, Fred Mills and Ronald Romm. The fidelity of the video isn’t great but in the close ups of Ronny you can make out a mouthpiece of his that we cut for sleeves (I also did valve alignments for Fred, Ron, and Chuck). Enjoy!