Chris Gekker, trumpet
Chris Gekker is currently Associate Professor of trumpet at the School of Music at the University of Maryland, having previously served on the faculties of The Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music and Columbia University. He was a member of the world-renowned American Brass Quintet for eighteen years, as well as principal trumpet for the Orchestra of St. Luke's. He has performed and recorded frequently with various other groups, such as the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and remains in demand with these organizations. Mr. Gekker appears as soloist on numerous recordings. His recording of solos by Hovhaness won "Best Recording on an Independent Label" in 1994 by Billboard magazine. He has been a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, as well as throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Mr. Gekker has recorded and performed with many jazz and popular artists. At the 1998 Rainforest Benefit in Carnegie Hall, he was a featured soloist with Sting and Elton John. His solo trumpet is also prominent in the recent movie, "The Thin Red Line."
A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Mr. Gekker received his Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music, and his Masters degree from the University of Maryland. His teachers have included Emerson Head, Sidney Mear, Adel Sanchez and Gerard Schwarz. His Articulation Studies (now in their third printing) and 44 Duos are available from Colin Publications.