Soloist

With a priority on performing new trumpet repertoire, Mary Elizabeth Bowden has toured around the world, performing with leading chamber ensembles and orchestras.

With a priority on performing and expanding trumpet repertoire, Mary Elizabeth Bowden has toured around the world, performing with leading chamber ensembles and orchestras. Her upcoming season includes no fewer than four world premiere concertos, including Clarice Assad’s new Bohemian Queen: 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.

Additional concerto performances include the Haydn Concerto with the Busan Maru International Music Festival Orchestra (Korea), Vivian Fung's Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra with the Philharmonia Northwest (Seattle), San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and Waynesboro Symphony (VA), and Anthony DiLorenzo's Chimera with Seraph Brass and the Florence Symphony (SC). She has performed as a soloist across the United States and made international soloist performances in Canada, China, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, and Turkey.

Bowden is currently booking performances for the 22/23 and 23/24 seasons for both U.S. and international tours.

Book Mary Elizabeth Bowden for a Concerto or solo performance

Join Mary Elizabeth Bowden's current consortium: Reena Esmail's chamber orchestra arrangement of Rosa de Sal

Current repertoire list:

Concerti, with orchestra

Arutunian, Trumpet Concerto in Ab Major (1950)

Assad, Bohemian Queen: Concerto for Trumpet and String Orchestra (2022)

Bach/Vivaldi, Concerto in D for Trumpet BWV 972

Böhme, Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra, Op. 18 (1899)

Brandenburg, Concerto No. 2 in F Major, MWV 1047 (1721)

Chaynes, Trumpet Concerto (1956)

Copland, Quiet City (1939)

Fung, Trumpet Concerto (2020)

Glière, Concerto for Coloratura and Orchestra, Op. 82 (1943)

Haydn, Trumpet Concerto (1796)

Hummel, Trumpet Concerto (1803)

Jolivet, Concertino (1948)

Liebermann, Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra, Op. 64 (1999)

Marcello, Concerto in C minor (1993)

Neruda, Trumpet Concerto in E-flat Major (1750)

Pakhmutova, Trumpet Concerto (1964)

Shostakovich, Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 35 (1933)

Stephenson, Concerto #1 (2003)

Stephenson, Concerto #3 - Concerto for Hope (2016)

Tartini, Trumpet Concerto in D Major, D53**

Tomasi, Trumpet Concerto (1948)**

G. Williams, Trumpet Concerto (1963)

Trumpet Solos, with Orchestra

Arban, arr. DeJonge, Variations on Bellini’s Norma

Debussy, Girl with the Flaxen Hair (1909)**

Debussy, arr. DeJonge, Rêverie (1890/2018)

Enesco, Legende (1906)

Esmail, Rosa de Sal (forthcoming)

Macmillan, Seraph (2010)

Mozart, Rondo Alla Turca (1784) 3:00 - versions available for 1 trumpet or 2 trumpets

Mozart, Queen of the Night Aria (1791)

Stephenson, Scram! (2018, arr. 2022)

Commissioned Works

Assad, Bohemian Queen: Concerto for Trumpet and String Orchestra (2022)

Davis, Veiled Light (2021)  for Two Trumpets and String Quartet or String Orchestra (no basses)

Esmail, Rosa de Sal (forthcoming)

Fung, Trumpet Concerto (2020)

** Denotes piccolo trumpet solos

"The concerto requires virtuosic playing almost throughout, showcasing Bowden’s facility in rapid passage work, register extremes, and unusual techniques..."
Santa Fe New Mexican
“The stage lit up, as Bowden showed why Yale’s graduates are so highly regarded.”
The Commonwealth Times (Richmond, Virginia)
“Those in attendance enjoyed listening to Bowden nail Catherine McMichael’s Totem Voices, a multi-movement work that highlighted her excellent control and phrasing. Hall and Bowden then delivered a very impressive performance of Joseph Turrin’s Arabesque for Two Trumpets, after which the crowd roared."
International Trumpet Guild Journal
“Joseph Hallman's Sonata for Trumpet (and Flugelhorn) was played with impeccable precision of tone and technique by the performers, Mary Bowden and Milana Strezeva. The third movement included much technical work that Bowden handled effortlessly. The piece showcased the multitude of talents of this rising star in the trumpet world.”
International Trumpet Guild Journal
“Mary Elizabeth Bowden looked as willowy and elegant as a high-fashion model as she delivered the Arutunian Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra. The long stretches of multiple-tongued passage work were dispatchedwith striking precision and the lyric moments were invested with bronzed, singing tone. Very impressive.”
Music Through The Door
“The Chameleon Arts Ensemble completed its exploration of Bach and the Baroque’s influence on subsequent generations by returning to the source and giving us all six Brandenburg concertos in a single evening. The second half opened with Brandenburg No. 2, notable for its high-register concertino of flute, oboe and clarino trumpet; in this instance Mary Elizabeth Bowden, to great effect and with no apparent effort, played a piccolo trumpet with rotary valves. The allegro was played briskly, square, tight and muscular, followed by a tender and exceptionally expressive andante while the trumpet rested. The third movement fugue was delightful, with wonderful interplay among the soloists.”
The Boston Music Intelligencer
“Bowden executed the difficult leaps (and in a high register for her trumpet) with ease and aplomb.”
Courier and Press
“The high calibre of the playing is often staggering (see the high-energy roller-coaster of a ride that is Dilorenzo's three-and-a-half-minute Go)… One comes away from the release marveling at the performances and the rich, soaring sound generated by the five musicians.”
Textura Magazine (Canada)
“Fine Playing.”
Gramophone Magazine
“This is a very fine brass quintet that makes beautiful sounds."
American Record Guide
“She performs with authority throughout, whether executing notes acrobatically or murmuring softly, and her playing exemplifies poise and clarity… All things considered, it's safe to assume admirers of Bowden's Radiance will be as impressed by this latest collection.”
Textura Review
“With some amazing arrangements as well as some works by living composers, this CD offers an unusually attractive program, which is ravishingly played by the American trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden…There are no limits to Bowden’s music-making. She is highly virtuosic, but also masters the most delicate and lyrical tones…her art of colours and the warmth of her tone are particularly striking. There is nothing shrill, nothing seems uncontrolled, and everything points to an absolutely sovereign mastery of the instrument.”
Pizzicato
“There’s something about Mary Elizabeth Bowden and her ability on the trumpet – a fluid sense of light and dark, of grace and power…”
Richmond Magazine
“The opening piece, Escapade–by the easy to enjoy American composer Joseph Turrin–immediately shows off Bowden’s brilliant and colorful sound. [David Ludwig’s] Radiance is a dreamy, yet thoughtful work, awash with delicate tonality and an uneasy tranquility. This is a musical business card for a very fine young artist, and it works quite well.”
Broad Street Review (Philadelphia)
“Bowden's sound is indeed "radiant"-very clear, focused, slightly lighter than some, but marked by dramatic power and elegant lyricism. She is equally at home on the high piccolo trumpet as on the larger horns...This is a very enjoyable recording that will prove of great value to trumpeters and all lovers of new music.”
The Brass Herald (England)
“Her piccolo trumpet tone is pure, refined, and warm—quite impressive. She sounds even better in David Ludwig’s ‘Radiance’ for piccolo trumpet and strings. It is a lyrical work with big leaps up to very high notes, and she does them with no apparent strain.”
American Record Guide
“A splendid debut recording of classical works by trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden, especially when her playing is so expressive on the eight compositions. On technical grounds, she's an exquisite player whose polished tone is heard in ample supply on the seventy-four-minute release.”
Textura Magazine (Canada)
“The title-track “Radiance," an adaptation of David Ludwig’s plaintive soliloquy for oboe and strings, shows just how chaste and radiant a piccolo trumpet can be…Splendidly played... Bowden does her best work on James Stephenson's erratically stylish track "Croatian Trio".
Gramophone Magazine
“Soloist Mary Elizabeth Bowden delivered a clear, beautifully phrased reading of the once groundbreaking work [Haydn Trumpet Concerto]. Bowden rendered clean scale motifs and virtuosic flourishes with ease."
Durango Herald
“The title-track 'Radiance' shows just how chaste and radiant a piccolo trumpet can be … Splendidly played. Bowden does her best work on James Stephenson's 'Croatian Trio'."
Gramophone Magazine
“An outstanding solo performance by trumpet soloist Mary Elizabeth Bowden.”
Luzerner Zeitung (Switzerland)
“There’s something about Mary Elizabeth Bowden and her ability on the trumpet – a fluid sense of light and dark, of grace and power …”
Richmond Magazine