Joe Burgstaller

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 joins the Manhattan School of Music brass faculty beginning in 2016–17. The International Trumpet Guild Journal declared, “No one can deny the virtuosity and flamboyant musicianship of Mr. Burgstaller. His singing tone, lightning technique, and extroverted phrasing place him in a different league.” Joe Burgstaller tours worldwide as a soloist—his most recent appearances include Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul, Taipei, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Winnipeg, Hamburg, Bologna, and the U.S. Virgin Islands—and as a clinician with his groundbreaking master classes for all instruments called “Change Your Mind, Change Your Playing®.” Formerly with Canadian Brass (8 years) and the avant-garde Meridian Arts Ensemble (6 years), he was also one of the all-time most popular soloists at Columbia Artists’ Community Concerts, performing 60 solo concerts each year. His extensive discography includes the solo CDs License to Thrill and The Virtuoso Trumpet and three Top-10 Billboard hits.

Joe Burgstaller and his latest solo CD, License to Thrill, were recently the subject of an hour-long segment of the INNERView (100 million viewers) on Korea’s Arirang television and of an hour-long feature on SiriusXM radio. License to Thrill features the music of Vivaldi–Bach, Sting, Jennifer Higdon, Gershwin, Chick Corea, and a new commission by Su Lian Tan entitled Ming. His latest two classical/jazz hybrid crossover CDs with Grammy-nominated pianist Hector Martignon, Bach’s Secret Files and Mozart’s Blue Dreams, were Top-50 on the JazzRadio charts and the Roots Music Report (under Paul Simon but right above the Beastie Boys).

Joe Burgstaller has appeared as a member of Canadian Brass and as a soloist in front of more than 45 orchestras (Philadelphia, Minnesota, Detroit, Houston, Baltimore, New Jersey, Virginia, et al.), performed in more than 50 music festivals, including fourteen summers at the Music Academy of the West, and performed and taught at over 80 universities, conservatories, and colleges. As an educator, Mr. Burgstaller emphasizes creativity, connection, versatility, and entrepreneurship, combining the best traditional techniques with an innovative mental training approach that has its roots in the field’s breakthrough discoveries of the last two decades. In 2007 he was named Distinguished Faculty at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he currently teaches trumpet and chamber music. Joe Burgstaller is a Yamaha Performing Artist.