Daniel Kocurek

Daniel Kocurek's Biography

It has been said that "if a trumpet typically sounds like a bright, shining light, then Daniel's trumpet sounds like the dark, moody shadow it casts."

Hailed for his unique voice, trumpeter Daniel Kocurek has worked extensively as a soloist, chamber musician, studio musician and clinician. He is also a vocal proponent of expanding the musical possibilities of his instrument.

As lead trumpet in the world-renowned Dallas Brass, he helped bring music to people of all ages. He has performed throughout North America in front of audiences numbering from ten to over 10,000. His travels have led to performances with Jens Lindemann, Mark Gould, Ryan Anthony, Marty Hackleman, Alain Trudel, Brandon Ridenour, Nancy DiNovo, Bobby Shew and Eugene Skovorodnikov, among many others.

Daniel has been in demand as a featured soloist on many programs ranging from baroque trumpet masterpieces to transcriptions of cello works on his custom 4-valve flugelhorn. These include appearances with the West Coast Symphony, the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, The Pro Nova Ensemble (giving the Canadian premiere of Ewazen's Quintet for Trumpet and Strings), the Vancouver Bach Choir, the Rogue Valley Symphonic Band and multiple appearances with the University of British Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Chamber Strings. In 2017, Daniel appeared as a soloist with the Rogue Valley Symphony, giving the North American premiere of Sergei Wassilenko's "Concert Poem op. 113 for Trumpet and Orchestra", as well as Astor Piazzolla's "Libertango", as made famous by the British trumpeter Alison Balsom.

The 2017-2018 season proved to be a busy concert year for Daniel, performing three completely different recital programs: Wanted, featuring Brahms' Trio, Op. 40 and Franck's Sonata in A Major (both on flugelhorn); American in Paris, featuring Stravinsky's "Danse Russe" from Petrushka, the Heifetz arrangement of "An American in Paris", and works by Piazzolla, Debussy and Bozza; and Faust, featuring Timothy Corlis' "Prelude to the Night of the Lunar Eclipse", Arutiunian's Concerto for Trumpet as well as music by Ensecu, Shchedrin, Tomasi, Liszt and Scriabin.

Daniel received his formal classical training under the tutelage of Brian McWhorter, Larry Knopp and Martin Berinbaum and has been the recipient of a number of prizes in both classical and jazz idioms, notably tuition scholarships at the Manhattan School of Music and the Chicago Conservatory of Performing Arts. As a participant at the world-renowned Chosen Vale Institute, Daniel worked with Ed Carroll, Jeroen Berwaerts, Clément Saunier, Stephanie Richards, Marco Blaauw, Gabriele Cassone and Stephen Burns.

Daniel leads the trumpet studio at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University, performs as principal trumpet with the Oregon Brass Quintet and Rogue Valley Symphony and is lead trumpet with the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He resides in Ashland, Oregon, is a Wedge Performing Artist and plays Yamaha trumpets exclusively.

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