The Adolph Herseth Principal Trumpet Chair, anonymous benefactor
Christopher Martin was appointed principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2005 by Daniel Barenboim. Martin came to the CSO from his previous position as principal trumpet of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Before joining the Atlanta Symphony, Martin was associate principal trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has performed as guest principal trumpet with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Saito Kinen Festival. Christopher is also an adjunct faculty member of Northwestern University.
Martin, a native of Marietta, Georgia, comes from a musical family. His father is a band director for a prestigious Georgia private school, his mother sings in the Atlanta Symphony Chorus and his brother is an alumnus of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. His early teachers were Larry Black and James Thompson, both formerly of the Atlanta Symphony. He received his bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance in 1997 from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where his primary teachers were Charles Geyer and Barbara Butler. Martin can be heard on CSO Resound as well as Atlanta Symphony recordings on the Telarc label.
Christopher Martin is a Yamaha Performing Artist.
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