Trumpeter Eric Berlin leads a musical life devoted to exploration and diversity, from solo engagements to chamber and orchestral music to pedagogy. His technical virtuosity, magnified by a rich and robust sound, has been heard in many world premieres of solo and chamber music works. Following the premiere of Evan Hause's Trumpet Concerto, a work commissioned by the Albany Symphony Orchestra for Mr. Berlin, one reviewer wrote that "his fluency and gorgeous sound were both amazing."
Mr. Berlin's acclaimed solo performances have spanned, and even augmented, the range of trumpet repertoire. In addition to the Hause Concerto, which he has also performed with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, the Prism Chamber Players, and the University of Denver Wind Ensemble, Mr. Berlin recently premiered Charles Bestor's Concerto Piccolo, a work dedicated to Mr. Berlin, at the conference of the International Trumpet Guild. Reviewing the performance for the ITG Journal, John Irish commented that "Berlin's incredible sound and facility made for a winning performance of a very engaging piece." Among other world premieres given by Mr. Berlin are Robert Bradshaw's Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, Howard Buss's Skylines (written specifically for Mr. Berlin), and Pasquale Tassone's Fanfare and Three Dances. This dedication to the music of our time has also led to collaborations with several leading new music ensembles, including the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Musica Viva, ALEA III, the Harvard Group for New Music, and Dogs of Desire, a new music component of the Albany Symphony Orchestra.
In other solo appearances, Mr. Berlin was featured as soloist in John Williams's music from "Born on the Fourth of July," conducted by the composer, has appeared with the University of Massachusetts Wind Ensemble and the Nashua Chamber Orchestra, and was the First Prize Winner of the Streitweiser Cornet Competition. In May of 2005, he performed Arutunian's Concerto for Trumpet on tour with the Helsinki University Symphony Orchestra throughout Finland. In June of 2005, he performed a full recital of works commissioned by him with percussionist Eduardo Leandro at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Bangkok, Thailand.
Mr. Berlin has been Principal Trumpeter of the Albany Symphony Orchestra since 1998 and has also appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Pops. With the Albany Symphony and conductor David Alan Miller, he can be heard on several acclaimed recordings, including those of works by William Schuman, John Harbison, Morton Gould, and Roy Harris. In addition, Mr. Berlin is a regular presence with many of Boston's leading musical organizations, including the Boston Philharmonic and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston. The Majestic Brass Quintet, founded by Mr. Berlin in 1988 and ensemble-in-residence at Northeastern University, is one of Boston's most prominent brass ensembles.
A native of Pennsylvania, Mr. Berlin attended the New England Conservatory of Music, where he was a student of Mr. Charles Schlueter, Principal Trumpeter of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Robert Nagel of the New York Brass Quintet. He has also studied extensively with Vince Penzerella of the New York Philharmonic, Tom Rolfs of the Boston Symphony, and Frank Kadarabek, former Principal Trumpeter of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Carrying on the tradition of those great musicians, Mr. Berlin maintains a studio as Artist-Teacher of Trumpet at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has given masterclasses at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, Longy School of Music, and Millersville University.