Steven Franklin - Trumpet

Chicago-born trumpet player Steven Franklin is an orchestral trumpet player, soloist, composer, and pianist. He is principal trumpet of the Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra and also performs regularly with the Rochester Philharmonic. Steven studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with David Bilger and has toured around the world as principal trumpet with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. The Philadelphia Inquirer has lauded his playing, writing, “You couldn’t hope to hear a more correct and pristine trumpet solo than the one turned in by Steven Franklin.” Steven also attended the National Orchestral Institute in 2015, performing and recording as principal trumpet on their album of Copland's Appalachian Spring (Naxos Records).

As a soloist, Steven has won first prize from numerous competitions, including the Roger Voisin Memorial Trumpet Competition, the International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition, and the National Trumpet Competition. He has performed as soloist with the Ocean City Pops, the Masterworks Festival Orchestra, and the Elgin Youth Symphony.

In the chamber music realm, Steven has collaborated in chamber ensembles with musicians from the Metropolitan Opera, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and many other noted musicians, including Ida Kavafian. Steven is also a founding member of the Philadelphia based brass sextet, The Brass Project. Hailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “six superb brass musicians”, The Brass Project has commissioned over thirty new works for brass sextet and recorded these original compositions on their album, Cityscaping. With The Brass Project, Steven has been active in engaging the community by giving over eighty school concerts and presentations throughout the United States. Steven has also taken his passion for community engagement abroad to Asia on three educational tours, teaching trumpet lessons, group classes, and performing all over northern and central China.

In addition to his career as a trumpet player, Steven is also enjoys his life as a professional composer. He has been commissioned by the American Brass Quintet, the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, the Curtis Institute of Music, and members of the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, and Boston Symphony. His Trumpet Sextet #2 was performed by the Curtis Trumpet Ensemble as they took first prize at the National Trumpet Competition in 2015. His compositions can also be heard on The Brass Project's album Cityscaping and at many of their public concerts. Steven's post-romantic style looks back "longingly... to the abiding tonal sensibilities of Richard Strauss” (Philadelphia Inquirer). He also considers Schumann, Brahms, Ravel, and Prokofiev to be among his major influences.