Max Matzen

Max Matzen's Biography

Noted for his sharp and persuasive playing (Jack Bowers, Jazznow.com), Max Matzen is steadily establishing himself as one of America's prominent trumpet artists. He maintains an international performing career as a soloist and ensemble member. He is a member of the Emerald Brass Quintet, Aggie Music Project (Utah State Faculty Jazz Combo), and serves as principal trumpet of the American Festival Orchestra and Chorus. Notable orchestras with which Matzen has performed include the Rochester Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, and Charleston Symphony.

In July 2013, Matzen completed a solo recital tour in the Osaka and Kyoto areas of Japan, performing with pianist Mayumi Nishimoto and violinist Rumiko Kashiwade. As a member of the Emerald Brass Quintet, he was a featured performer in the New York premier of Jim Stephenson's Dodecafecta for brass quintet and wind ensemble, accompanied by the Eastman Wind Ensemble. The Emerald Brass Quintet was also a featured performing ensemble at the Frankenwald Brass Festival in Hof, Germany in July 2009. Notable jazz artists with whom he has performed as a soloist or ensemble member include Terence Blanchard, Benny Green, Slide Hampton, Antonio Hart, The Heath Brothers, Conrad Herwig, Pat Martino, Bob Mintzer, James Moody, Eddie Palmieri, Maria Schneider, Ira Sullivan, and the legendary Clark Terry.

In April 2011, Matzen completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied trumpet with esteemed brass pedagogue James Thompson. He holds a Master of Music in trumpet performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Music in jazz studies from the University of North Florida. From 2010-2012, Matzen was assistant professor of trumpet at Texas Tech University. Matzen joined the faculty at Utah State University as Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Brass Studies in the fall of 2012.

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