Chris Gekker is Professor of Trumpet at the University of Maryland School of Music. He has been featured as soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Gekker appears as soloist on more than twenty recordings and as a performer on more than one hundred chamber music, orchestra, and jazz recordings. CD Review called his recording of Copland’s Quiet City “a model of quiet perfection” and in an overview of several solo recordings Gramophone Magazine described his performances as “astonishingly poised.” Gekker was a member of the American Brass Quintet for eighteen years, and on the faculties of the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, and Columbia University. He was principal trumpet with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and frequently performed and recorded as principal with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and often as a guest with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has been a guest principal trumpet with the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Santa Fe Opera. Gekker has performed and recorded with many jazz and commercial artists, and often for television and movies.
Many of his former students occupy orchestral positions in major symphonies throughout the world, as well as being prominent in jazz, chamber, and commercial music. His Articulation Studies, 44 Duos, Endurance Drills, and Piccolo Trumpet Studies are available from Colin Publications and are sold worldwide. Gekker was born in Washington D.C., grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, and is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the University of Maryland. His teachers include Emerson Head, Sidney Mear, Adel Sanchez, and Gerard Schwarz.