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David Bilger, trumpet

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Hailed by the New York Times for his playing of “easy brilliance” and by the Washington Post for his “engaging legato touch,” David 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.

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 also released a recording of electro-acoustic music for trumpet and synthesizers with composer Meg Bowles.

Mr. Bilger is currently on the music faculties of the Curtis Institute of Music and Temple University, and in the fall of 2018 he will be joining the faculty of Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music. He has formerly been affiliated with the University of Georgia, 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 Hamamatsu International Festival and Academy, the Pacific Music Festival the National Orchestral Institute, and the Aspen Music Festival and School.

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. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

"Engaging legato touch"

-Washington Post

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Trumpets 5, Music of Our Time

Date: Monday, October 15, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

David Bilger, trumpet; Thomas Rolfs, trumpet; Anthony Prisk, trumpet; Jeffrey Curnow, trumpet; Benjamin Wright, trumpet; Susan Nowicki, piano

Presser: Adagio from Suite No. 1
Ketting: Intrada
Britten: Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury
Stevens: Trumpet Sonata
Ochoa: Stills in Black and White
Reynolds: Music for Five Trumpets
Gubaidulina: Trio for Three Trumpets
Takemitsu: Paths for Two Trumpets
Boutry: Fanfares pour les Temps Legendaires
Franklin: Skylight for Five Trumpets [World Premiere]


This concert is supported by Grant Greapentrog.

Visit the Society's blog to read our interview with David Bilger.

New York Times

“Easy brilliance”

Washington Post

“Engaging legato touch”

New York Times

“...able to belt out a blast with the best of them, his playing is most notable for its taste and restraint.”

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