January 19, 2023

Crushing Classical

Have you ever wondered what it really takes to have a career as an internationally touring soloist?  Have you wondered if it is too late for YOU to create such a career? You will love hearing from my guest today,  Mary Elizabeth Bowden: International Trumpet Soloist

Classical Trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden has built an in-demand career as a soloist, praised for her “splendid, brilliant” playing (Gramophone Magazine) and her “pure, refined, and warm” tone (American Record Guide). A Gold Medal Global Music Award Winner, Opus Klassik Nominee, and Yamaha Performing Artist, she has also worked to establish a new repertoire for the trumpet through creative, collaborative commissioning projects and award-winning albums.  

Her current season includes no fewer than four world premiere concertos, including Clarice Assad’s new Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Jennifer Jolley’s Concerto for Brass Quintet with Seraph Brass and the U.S. Army “Pershing’s Own”, Reena Esmail’s Rosa de Sal for Trumpet and Orchestra with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Tyson Davis’s Veiled Light with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, which will be performed alongside her husband, trumpeter David Dash. She is the founder and performer in multiple chamber groups, including Seraph Brass, Dash Duo, and Chrysalis Chamber Players.

In today’s interview, we talked about her recent projects, and the importance of expanding and building representation in trumpet and brass repertoire.  Mary built her career from scratch, and I know I was inspired by her path to success, her honesty about the behind the scenes work of it, and her journey of increased confidence in her playing and her career. I know you will enjoy this interview!

Listen to the full episode below or on Jennet's website!