Steven Franklin - Trumpet

Steven Franklin is a trumpet player and composer currently at the Curtis Institute of Music. He will be performing in the orchestra from July 19 through July 30 and his work, "Concerto for Two Flutes and Orchestra" will be performed on August 6.  

Although his primary focus is orchestral trumpet performance, composition has become very important to him and h has had pieces performed and recorded by members of the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and of course my colleagues here at Curtis. My composition style is greatly influenced by the Romantic composers Robert Schumann and Richard Strauss, as well as Impressionist and neo-classical composer Maurice Ravel. In my writing, I look to create warmth and lyricism while continuing to explore greater harmonic possibilities.

In describing his composition Steven says, "This double flute concerto is strongly influenced by the Impressionists and I'm looking to create a sketch of something mysteriously beautiful, yet indistict, like looking through translucent glass. There is practically nothing written for two flutes and orchestra, so I believe that this is a particularly important commission. I had the pleasure of hearing the Lake Placid Sinfonietta last summer and when I was approached about writing this piece, I immediately had a concept for it based on the sound of the orchestra. I am very excited to collaborate with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta and hear them premiere this work."