Hailed as "one of the foremost performers and teachers of trumpet in the US" and "one of the greatest trumpet players of our time," Richard Stoelzel maintains an active career as an international soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Reviewers have called his trumpet playing "virtuosic and lyrical," "liquid like tone," "his bel canto style gave this reviewer chills."  He began his career as solo cornet with the United States Coast Guard Band, a presidential band. In this position he performed throughout the US and gave numerous command performances for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush. As a soloist he has performed throughout the US and abroad including three highly successful tours of China and as a result earned the title "Distinguished Visiting Professor" at the Shen Yang Conservatory of Music. Stoelzel is one of three American musicians to receive this prestigious title. He has performed as a soloist in 2003 International Trumpet Guild Conference and has been asked to perform again at the 2006 and 2007 ITG conferences. In 2007 Stoelzel has been invited to perform and give masterclasses in Turkey, Singapore, China, Greece, and Lebanon.

As an orchestral musician Stoelzel has performed as third and assistant principal trumpet of the New Orleans Symphony and was winner of the principal trumpet position in 1993. He has held positions with the Miami City Ballet, Ballet Florida, Florida Symphonic Pops, New World Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, and Bear Lake Music Festival. He has performed with the Naples Philharmonic, Baltimore, Jacksonville, and Louisville symphonies. Stoelzel is presently principal trumpet of the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra and a member of the Des Moines Opera Orchestra.

As a chamber musician Stoelzel is the founder, first trumpet and director of the highly acclaimed Avatar Brass. The quintet held a residency at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church for three years. During that time Avatar Brass performed on weekly international and national broadcasts. He was also a founding member of the New World Brass and has performed and toured with the Michigan Chamber Brass. In addition to live performances, Stoelzel can be heard on over 20 compact discs including 7 with the Avatar Brass as well as with the Louisville Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony (PBS broadcast), New Orleans Symphony, Asaph Orchestra, U.S. Coast Guard Band, and the Dallas Wind Symphony. Stoelzel's premier solo recording, Born to be Mild, has been recently released on the prestigious Albany record label. It has received warm critical acclaim and has been played on numerous radio stations across the country and oversees. The CD was named "CD of the Week" by Wisconsin Public Radio. Reviewers have called this recording "a must have," "bursting with a sense of joy and excitement," "unfailing and attractive music." Stoelzel will be recording his much awaited second solo disc in March of 2007.

As a pedagogue Stoelzel has been on the Artist Faculty at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida and is now associate professor of trumpet at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. His students have consistently won national and international awards (11 international prizes and 12 national awards) including an unprecedented three awards at the 2000 International Trumpet Guild Competition and have since been regular finalists and winners. The GVSU Trumpet Ensemble, under his direction, has placed 4, 2nd (2005, and 1st place (2006) at the National Trumpet Competition. His students have also won positions in numerous orchestras, military bands and professional chamber ensembles such as the Seattle Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Mexico Symphony, Canadian Brass, Atlantic Brass, Burning River Brass, and Proteus 7. In the United States Stoelzel has served as chairman of the ITG Orchestral and Solo Competitions as well as serving as a finalist judge in the solo competition. He is also the chair of the National Trumpet Competition college division.

Stoelzel has worked with and commissioned over a dozen new works for trumpet and as many for brass quintet. Composers include Eric Ewazen, James Stephenson, Arthur Weisberg, Kurt Ellenberger, and Robert Bradshaw. He has recently released a CD as soloist with the Grinnell Wind Ensemble (Mark Dorr, conductor) featuring two new works that he commissioned. In 2006 Stoelzel co-produced and appeared as soloist on the CD titled "Spirit of this Place: for former President of Grand Valley State University Mark Murray."

Stoelzel is also an accomplished conductor. He was the principal pops conductor for the Harid Conservatory as well as music director of the Florida Wind Symphony, a professional wind ensemble based in Boca Raton, FL. Stoelzel is the Artistic Director of the GVSU International Summer Trumpet Seminar which he started in 2005.

Stoelzel's teachers have included Daniel Patrylak, Leon Rapier, Steve Hendrickson, James Thompson, Philip Smith (isolated lessons), and Charles Schlueter (isolated lessons). Stoelzel is a Yamaha International performing Artist.

You may visit his website at www.trumpetone.com

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