Conductor / Host / Trumpet
Philp Smith joined the New York Philharmonic as Co-Principal Trumpet in 1978, became Principal Trumpet, The Paula Levin Chair, in 1988, and retired from that position at the end of the 2013–14 season, completing 36 years of service to the Orchestra. In the fall of 2014 Mr. Smith began his tenure as William F. and Pamela P. Prokasy Professorship in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia, one of the most prestigious positions at the University.
He learned to play cornet at The Salvation Army, under the tutelage of his father, Derek Smith. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Philip Smith was appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1975, while still a student. Mr. Smith has appeared regularly as soloist with the Philharmonic, performing with conductors Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Alan Gilbert, Erich Leinsdorf, Leonard Bernstein, Neeme Järvi, and Bramwell Tovey. He conducted Members of the Philharmonic at the dedication of the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City on May 15, 2014. He has also appeared with many symphonic wind ensembles, including the U.S. “President’s Own” Marine Band, the West Point Academy Band, and many major university ensembles.
Mr. Smith has been guest soloist with the contesting brass bands of Black Dyke Mills and Rigid Containers Band (Britain), Goteborg Brass (Sweden), and Hannaford Street Silver Band and Intrada Brass (Canada). He has performed as soloist with all of the Staff Bands of The Salvation Army worldwide, including the International Staff Band, New York, Chicago, Amsterdam, Melbourne, Germany, and Japan. He was featured soloist at the 1996 British Open Brass Band Championships in Manchester, England. Mr. Smith has served on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, and has appeared as recitalist and clinician at numerous International Trumpet Guild conferences. In 2005 he was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, and in 2006 he was given the International Trumpet Guild Honorary Award.
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