Guest Artists Eric Berlin, trumpet and Greg Spiridopoulos with pianist Ludmila Krasin

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
8:00 PM
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Trumpeter Eric Berlin has made the music of our time the focus of his career. As a soloist, Eric has commissioned, premiered and recorded new works for trumpet from some of today's most exciting composers, including Robert Bradshaw, Michael Ellison, Eric Ewazen, Evan Hause, Salvatore Macchia, Stephen Paulus, and James Stephenson. A new recording of American Trumpet Sonatas with pianist Nadine Shank is scheduled for release in 2012 with two other recording projects of new chamber music and new music for trumpet and band also in progress. In March of 2012 Mr. Berlin premiered and recorded "True Colors" for Trumpet and Orchestra, a new concerto by Grawemeyer award winning composer George Tsontakis commissioned for him by the Albany Symphony Orchestra.

As Principal Trumpet of the Albany Symphony Orchestra since 1998, Eric Berlin and can be heard with that ensemble on more than a dozen acclaimed recordings that include works by Morton Gould, John Harbison, Roy Harris and William Schuman to name a few. He holds the same position with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and is a member of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, where he can be heard on over two dozen recordings by living American composers including Derek Bermel, Lukas Foss, Charles Fussell, Steven Mackey, Gunther Schuller, and Evan Ziporyn. Since 2006, has spent his summers performing as Associate Principal Trumpet of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, CO. In addition to his regular positions, he has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic, as well as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops.

Greg Spiridopoulos has been the principal trombonist of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, as well as a member of the Portland Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra since 2001. In 2011 he was appointed principal trombone of the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra and second trombone of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra.

As an active free-lancer in the greater Boston area, Mr. Spiridopoulos has frequently appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Opera Boston, the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Ballet Orchestra and many others. An enthusiast of historical performance, Mr. Spiridopoulos custom-built his own Classical Period replica alto and tenor trombones. He has recorded for Albany Records, Boston Brass Series, Mark Records, Capstone Records and Arsis Audio.

A native of Vienna, Virginia, Mr. Spiridopoulos has taught at the University of New Hampshire and maintained a private teaching studio. He received his Master of Music degree from Boston University where he studied with Ronald Barron, and his Bachelor of Music degree from Michigan State University where he studied with Curtis Olson and Philip Sinder, and was a proud member of the Spartan Marching Band. Mr. Spiridopoulos also studied with the late Milton Stevens.

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