Orchestral trumpet player, soloist, composer, and pianist
Chicago-born composer Steven Franklin enjoys using his musical gifts in many different capacities. He works as an orchestral trumpet player, soloist, composer, and pianist. He has written for ensembles such as the American Brass Quintet and the Lake Placid Sinfonietta. He has also received commissions from members of the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Boston Symphony, and Philadelphia Orchestra. His Trumpet Sextet No. 2 was performed by the Curtis Trumpet Ensemble as they took first prize at the National Trumpet Competition in 2016. His compositions can also be heard on The Brass Project's album Cityscaping and his Three Romances will soon be released on the American Brass Quintet's latest album.
The Philadelphia Inquirer remarks that his post-romantic style “looks back longingly...to the abiding tonal sensibilities of Richard Strauss." The Oregon ArtsWatch also observes, “The yearning, conflicted melody Franklin envelops in almost-jazzy late Romantic harmony [is reminiscent] of the bittersweet, melancholy sentimentality [in] John Williams.” The San Francisco Classical Voice writes that his “harmonic and melodic style have a distinct cinematic flavor." Mr. Franklin's music continues to evolve as he explores new ways of achieving the expression and depth he seeks to create in music.
Mr. Franklin is equally busy as a performer. He is currently a member of the New World Symphony and the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, and held the principal trumpet position with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. He also performs regularly with the Rochester Philharmonic. As a soloist, Mr. Franklin won first prize in numerous competitions, including the Roger Voisin Memorial Trumpet Competition, the International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition, and the National Trumpet Competition. He performed as soloist with the Ocean City Pops and the MasterWorks Festival Orchestra. Mr. Franklin currently lives with his wife Naomi in Miami Beach, Florida.