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Paul Merkelo
Trumpet
Renowned as one of the finest trumpet players of his generation, Paul Merkelo is recognized for his “pure technical prowess’’ (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle) as well as his “unusual lyrical gifts’’ (Gramophone). Principal trumpet with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since 1995, Mr. Merkelo is regularly praised by the Montreal press as “a spectacular soloist… a most impressive master of his instrument’’ (Montreal Gazette), a “great virtuoso… dazzling’’ (La Presse). He has been featured frequently with the OSM, including tours to South America and Lincoln Center in New York.



He has been featured with orchestras, and in recital, throughout the United States, Canada, Russia, China, Japan, Portugal, Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, France and Thailand.

In 1999, he was appointed Canadian musical ambassador to China for the inauguration of the Montreal Park in Shanghai, and as soloist with the Shanghai Broadcast Orchestra in a national telecast. Mr. Merkelo made his New York debut at Lincoln Center with the New World Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas in 1998. He has also worked with conductors Leonard Bernstein, Charles Dutoit, Lorin Maazel, Sir Georg Solti and Valery Gergiev.

Mr. Merkelo’s first solo recording, A Simple Song was ranked #1 in Quebec’s classical recording chart in 2000. In 2004, Analekta released a highly praised second CD, Baroque Transcriptions, which was nominated by ADISQ for Best Classical Album of the Year.

Previously, he was Principal Trumpet with the Rochester Philharmonic and New Orleans Symphony and gained early orchestral experience as an extra with the New York Philharmonic and Pittsburgh Symphony.

Paul Merkelo attended the University of Illinois and Eastman School of music, where he was awarded the Speth Scholarship for outstanding orchestral musician. Mr. Merkelo is on the faculty at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and McGill University. He is on the board of directors for the Youth Orchestra of the Americas (Canada), and is the founder of the Paul Merkelo scholarship.

Paul Merkelo is a Yamaha artist.


    Calendar
Jan 2017
26 Bons baisers de Russie, Salle Bourgie, 19h30 Montreal, Quebec
 
26 Solo recital with Janelle Fung Program - "From Russia with Love " featuring works by Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, and Rimsky-Korsakov Musée des beaux-arts de Montreal (Salle Bourgie) Montréal, Québec
 
29 Program - "From Russia with Love " featuring works by Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, and Rimsky-Korsakov Rebecca Wilt - Piano  Oklahoma City
 
30 Program - "From Russia with Love " featuring works by Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, and Rimsky-Korsakov Rebecca Wilt - Piano  Oklahoma state university 
 
Feb 2017
2 Program - "From Russia with Love " featuring works by Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, and Rimsky-Korsakov Rebecca Wilt - Piano  Waco, Texas 
 
4 Program - "From Russia with Love " featuring works by Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, and Rimsky-Korsakov Rebecca Wilt - Piano  Texas A and M university 
 
8 Program - Houston, Texas
 
10 Program - "From Russia with Love " featuring works by Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, and Rimsky-Korsakov Rebecca Wilt - Piano  Loyola university, New Orleans tbd 
 
Mar 2017
28 Soloist with McGill Chamber Orchestra  Baroque trumpet duets with soprano Aline Kutan - Music of Purcell, Handel and Scarlatti  Musée des beaux-arts de Montreal (Salle Bourgie) Montréal, Québec
 
Oct 2017
3-5 Premiere of John Estacio Trumpet Concerto, OSM, Maison Symphonique de Montréal Montreal, Canada
 


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