Luis Engelke

Luis Engelke's Biography

Luis Engelke is Professor of Trumpet at Towson University and Principal Trumpet of the Lancaster and Kennett Symphony Orchestras, Pennsylvania Philharmonic, St. John’s Chamber Orchestra, and Endless Mountain and Shippensburg Music Festivals; in addition, he is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony and Baltimore Bach Orchestra. He performs well over 100 engagements annually as a soloist and orchestral and chamber musician, and serves as a music reviews editor for the International Trumpet Guild Journal. A past board member for the International Trumpet Guild, Engelke serves as Vice President for the Baltimore Musicians’ Association (Local 40-543 of the American Federation of Musicians) and as a Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician. He has performed as a soloist in North America, South America, Asia, Europe, and Australia, and appeared on more than 50 commercially released recordings for the Pro-Arte, Decca, Innova, Aurora, and several other recording labels. His solo albums, titled A Brazilian Collection and Songs, Remembrances, and Impressions, received critical acclaim, and his anthology of Brazilian trumpet music, published by Balquhidder Music, contains first editions of significant such works from his home nation.

As a member of Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, and Mid-Atlantic Symphony, Engelke recorded trumpet solos for soundtracks for the films Villa-Lobos: Uma Vida de Paixão, Stories of the Land, and Elefteria. He has performed with more than 50 professional orchestras internationally including the symphonies of Baltimore, Delaware, Harrisburg, Maryland, Richmond, Phoenix, San Diego, and Sydney, and the Thailand Philharmonic as well as numerous chamber and opera orchestras. Engelke has been featured with Endless Mountain Festival Orchestra, Rome Festival Orchestra, Orquestra Eintracht, Naval Academy Band, Gulf Coast Symphony, Frederick Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, and Lancaster British Brass Band; and performed with such diverse musicians as Andrea Bocelli and Brazilian legends Paulo Moura, Ivan Lins, and Zé da Velha. Engelke’s work in popular music includes appearances with The Moody Blues and Ricky Martin.

Engelke’s more than two hundred publications include articles in the International Trumpet Guild Journal, Euro-ITG Newsletter, Jazz Educators Journal, College Music Symposium, NACWPI Journal, The Double Reed, The International Musician; and Triad. EC Schirmer, Hickman Music Editions, and Triplo Press in the United States of America and Topp Brass in Switzerland have published his compositions, arrangements, and editions. Many organizations have supported his research and performance through scholarships and grants including CAPES-Fulbright, Music Teachers National Association, International Trumpet Guild, and Rádio Mec. He has taught at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Conservatório Brasileiro de Música, Arizona State University, Ohio State University, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and Florida State University Music Camps. A frequent lecturer and guest artist, he has presented master classes and recitals around the world.

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