Joe Burgstaller, trumpet

Called “quite simply, a superstar of the trumpet” by conductor JoAnn Falletta, JOE BURGSTALLER has captivated audiences throughout the world with his dazzling virtuosity, sensitivity, and engaging personality.  He has ascended to the top of the music industry four separate times: as a soloist, as a chamber musician, as a modern-music specialist, and as an educator. Perhaps best known in the brass world for his many years as a featured trumpeter and arranger for the famed Canadian Brass, he joined The Peabody Institute as Distinguished Visiting Artist in 2007, and now resides in Baltimore as a full-time faculty member teaching trumpet and brass chamber music. 

Joe tours worldwide as a soloist (most recent appearances include Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul, Taipei, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Winnipeg, Hamburg, Bologna, US Virgin Islands and 22 U.S. States), as a chamber musician (the groundbreaking New York Brass Arts Trio, the avante-garde Meridian Arts Ensemble and the classical/jazz group BM4), as a guest orchestral musician (most recently including Guest Principal of the NDR ElbPhilharmonie-Hamburg and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and in the section of the New York Philharmonic) and as a clinician with his groundbreaking "Change Your Mind, Change Your Playing®” masterclasses for all instruments.

His extensive discography includes highly critically acclaimed solo CDs (License to Thrill and The Virtuoso Trumpet), Jazz CDs (several Top-50 Jazz Radio) and three Top-10 Billboard hits with Canadian Brass. He has performed in front of more than 45 orchestras (Philadelphia, Minnesota, Detroit, Houston, Baltimore, New Jersey, Virginia,, in more than 50 Music Festivals (14 summers at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA) and has performed and taught at over 100 universities, conservatories and colleges. 

In addition to his years with Canadian Brass, he was also a member of the avant-garde Meridian Arts Ensemble (6 yrs.), as well as one of the all-time most popular soloists at Columbia Artists’ Community Concerts, performing 60 solo concerts every year. as a member of Canadian Brass and as a soloist, he has performed in front of more than 45 orchestras (Philadelphia, Minnesota, Detroit, Houston, Baltimore, New Jersey, Virginia,, in more than 50 Music Festivals (14 summers at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA) and has performed and taught at over 80 universities, conservatories and colleges. 

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dashing… dazzled like sheet-lightning"


-The Washington Post-

"Burgstaller is a 'Talent Whisperer' in the truest sense, mixing intuition, experience and an uncommon talent for enabling students to rise above their own limiting beliefs." (Dr. Stephen Paul Adler, Ph.D, CGP, B.C.E.P.T.S. - Director ACT Institute). As an educator, Mr. Burgstaller’s teaching emphasizes creativity, connection, versatility and entrepreneurship, and he combines the best of traditional techniques with an innovative mental training approach that has its roots in the field's modern breakthrough discoveries of the last two decades. His Change Your Mind, Change Your Playing classes have been met with great success (and, frankly, relief) to thousands of participants across the world as he has demystified efficient learning, peak performance, stage fright and human connection. The Armed Forces School of Music has identified Joe’s teachings as an integral part of their coursework, and he served as a special clinician for all of their instrumentalists from 2012-2015. His studio at The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore) is a is a groundbreaking one-of-a-kind trumpet studio that prepares students for the demands and reality of today's music world.  Peabody builds the total player, with a focus on Artistic Development, Versatility, Entrepreneurship and Career Growth.

Joe is a former full-time member and featured trumpeter/arranger with Canadian Brass, and holds the third longest tenure on trumpet in the history of that famed group. Joe toured worldwide with the Brass, performing in recital and with orchestra, and contributed arrangements to the group as well.  Recordings that spotlight Joe include a Juno-nominated release, Magic Horn, ( heralded Joe's "superb set of arrangements" of Astor Piazzolla), BACH (includes his pyrotechnical arrangement of the Bach-Vivaldi Concerto in D), Legends (featuring his La Virgen de la Macarena – “Unbelievable Virtuosity” – and High Society ("Burgstaller's piccolo playing throughout this album is no less than perfect… I had to pinch myself for thinking that I heard a high clarinet!" - Brass Herald Magazine).  Three Canadian Brass CDs featuring Joe became Top-10 Billboard hits.

Prior to joining the Brass, Joe was one of the all-time most popular soloists at Columbia Artists’ Community Concerts (alumni include Van Cliburn and Heifetz).  He was North America's busiest trumpet recitalist, performing nearly 60 solo concerts every season with his Joe Burgstaller: The Rafael Méndez Project.  He developed a community engagement component that took the circuit by storm, and his lauded audience-building plans added over 30 new season-ticket subscribers per presenter.  As a Yamaha Artist and Clinician, Joe reached thousands of students every season, and The Instrumentalist Magazine dubbed Joe "The Next Méndez".  Dr. Robert Méndez, son of the legendary trumpeter, wrote of Joe: "He's mastered my father's works."

Joe is a member of the New York Brass Arts Trio, which has brought three world-class virtuoso soloists together to revolutionize the brass trio, and are being hailed as the first brass group ever to play with the sensitivity and musicality of a string quartet. Burgstaller is joined by french hornist David Jolley (founding member of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra) and trombonist Haim Avitsur (Symphony Magazine Emerging Artist), and have forged together Classical, Light Classical and Classical/Jazz masterworks of all eras and adapted them for this fantastic and versatile instrumentation.

Burgstaller is also a former member of New York City's Meridian Arts Ensemble (1995-2001, and now again 2017-present), and with that group toured worldwide at concert halls and clubs including NYC's Knitting Factory and CBGB's, and Amsterdam's Bimhuis, received the ASCAP "Adventurous Programming Award" (shared with the Kronos Quartet) and recorded several of his own compositions and arrangements. Gramophone Magazine heralded Joe's original work Lullaby as "an understated gem."

Joe Burgstaller is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

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