Eric Berlin Nominated for 2015 Grammy Award

Eric Berlin

A recording by trumpeter Eric Berlin of the department of music and dance has been nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition.

The recording of Stephen Paulus’ “Concerto for Two Trumpets and Band” on the MSR Classics label also features the UMass Wind Ensemble directed by James Patrick Miller and trumpeter Richard Kelley of the New England Conservatory of Music.

The nominated work is from Berlin’s album “Fantastique – Premieres for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble,” that also includes recordings with faculty members Jeffrey Holmes and Greg Spiridopoulos.

A member of the music and dance department since 2001, Berlin has served since 1998 as principal trumpet of the Grammy Award-winning Albany Symphony Orchestra.  

As a soloist, Berlin has commissioned, premiered and recorded new works for trumpet from some of today’s most exciting composers, including Robert Bradshaw, Michael Ellison, Eric Ewazen, Evan Hause, Salvatore Macchia, Stephen Paulus and James Stephenson. In 2012, Berlin premiered and recorded “True Colors for Trumpet and Orchestra” by George Tsontakis, commissioned for him by the Albany Symphony Orchestra. Berlin has been a featured soloist at several recent International Trumpet Guild Conferences, including a full recital of commissions in 2005 in Bangkok and concerto performances in 2004, 2007, 2012 and 2013. He has performed as a soloist with the Hartford, Albany and Brooklyn symphony orchestras, the United States Coast Guard Band, the wind ensembles of the University of Massachusetts and the University of Denver and overseas with the Helsinki University Orchestra.

With the Albany Symphony, Berlin can be heard with them on more than a dozen highly acclaimed recordings that include works by John Corigliano, Morton Gould, John Harbison, Roy Harris, William Schuman and Michael Torke, among others. He is also principal trumpet with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and is a member of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, with whom he can be heard on more than 30 recordings by living American composers. Since 2006, Berlin has spent his summers performing as associate principal trumpet of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder. In addition to his regular positions, he has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

In 2007, he hosted the Conference of the International Trumpet Guild, of which he is a member of the board of directors and a lifetime member as well. Berlin has given master classes at Baylor University, Eastman School of Music, Yale University, University of North Texas, Virginia Commonwealth University, Northeastern University and University of New Hampshire, as well as at the Turku Conservatory and Sibelius Academy in Finland.

A native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Berlin attended the New England Conservatory of Music. Berlin is a Yamaha Performing Artist and performs on Schagerl rotary-valve instruments.