John Adler may not be a trumpet-playing beauty like Alison Balsom or Tine Thing Helseth but the music he makes is hot just the same.
Dr. Adler has performed and given masterclasses and recitals across the country and received numerous awards, including DownBeat magazine's "Best Classical Instrumentalist" in 2003. Additionally, he was one of three Americans invited to compete in the prestigious Maurice Andre Trumpet Competition held in Paris, France in 2006. He has been a soloist with orchestras across the country performing trumpet concerti by Telemann, Arutunian, and Neruda, as well as Bach's Brandenburg Concerto #2, and Shostakovich's Piano Concerto #1. In February 2010, Dr. Adler will be featured with the New River Valley Symphony playing Sergei Vassilenko's Concert Poeme in C Minor. Dr. Adler is also a strong advocate of the performance and commissioning of new music. In January 2009, he recorded his first solo CD titled "Confronting Inertia", containing seven new works commissioned for the project, which features classical trumpet works by jazz composers. The music integrates improvisation and compositional aspects commonly associated with jazz into the more traditional trumpet/piano format. Confronting Inertia features compositions by James Miley, Dan Cavanagh, Eric Nathan, Benjamin Boone, Steve Owen, and Erik Ferguson.
Josh D. Reed