Meet The Performers

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Brass - Trumpet

Christopher Martin

Principal Trumpet
The Adolph Herseth Principal Trumpet Chair, anonymous benefactor

Christopher Martin holds the Adolph Herseth Principal Trumpet Chair of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his appointment in 2005 by Daniel Barenboim, Martin was principal trumpet of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and associate principal trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra under Wolfgang Sawallisch.

Martin regularly appears as soloist on the CSO’s subscription series—most recently in the 2012 world premiere of Christopher Rouse’s new concerto Heimdall’s Trumpet, which was commissioned for him by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 2011, Martin performed a program of twentieth-century French concertos by André Jolivet and Henri Tomasi with the CSO. He also has been a featured soloist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in addition to performing with the Grand Teton Festival and Saito Kinen Festival orchestras.

Martin received a bachelor’s degree with performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and he has served on the faculty of Northwestern University.

He may be heard on CSO Resound recordings, including the 2011 release CSO Brass Live and as trumpet soloist in John Williams’s score to Stephen Spielberg’s Lincoln.

Chris and his wife Margaret, an organist and pianist, often perform as a duo in both baroque and contemporary repertoire.

August 2014

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