Conductor / Host / Trumpet
Philip Smith joined the New York Philharmonic as Co-Principal Trumpet in 1978, became Principal Trumpet, The Paula Levin Chair, in 1988, and retired at the end of the 2013–14 season, after 36 years. In August 2014 he joined the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia as the William F. and Pamela P. Prokasy Professor in the Arts. In addition to teaching, he is the Bandmaster of the UGA British Brass Band, a member of the faculty Georgia Brass Quintet, coach of the Bulldog Brass Society, and occasional guest in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra trumpet section. As a soloist, he has appeared internationally and with the New York Philharmonic, with conductors Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Alan Gilbert, Erich Leinsdorf, Leonard Bernstein, Neeme Järvi, and Bramwell Tovey. He has also appeared with numerous symphonic wind ensembles, including the U.S. “President’s Own” Marine Band, West Point Academy Band, and major university ensembles. He has guest conducted the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Brass and Percussion, National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain Summer Course, and the Hannaford Street Silver Band. He also leads the Philharmonic’s annual Holiday Brass concert and conducted Members of the Philharmonic at the dedication of the 9/11 Memorial Museum in May 2014. Mr. Smith has served on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, appeared as recitalist and clinician at numerous International Trumpet Guild conferences, and adjudicated the Prague Spring International Trumpet Competition, Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Solo Competition, 25th Anniversary National Trumpet Competition, Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, and Eric Aubier International Trumpet Competition. 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. His latest recording is Trilogy, a three-CD set released in 2017.
Learn more about Philip Smith