Christopher P. Smith

Christopher P. Smith

Trumpet

Christopher Smith studied trumpet with Scott Thornburg at Western Michigan University and with James Thompson at the Eastman School of Music. His father being a music director, music has always been a part of his life. During his trumpet studies, he swore that he would change professions if he did not get hired in a professional capacity before his 30th birthday. Fortunately, before finishing his master’s degree, he won the audition to become a member of the “The President’s Own” orchestra of the US Marine Corps. The program of his first concert with the OSM in 2008 comprised A Hero’s Life by R. Strauss and François Dompierre’s Les Glorieux, commissioned by Kent Nagano. He will always remember meeting Guy Lafleur that very evening!

Joined the OSM in: 2008

Chair: Trumpet

Model of instrument: Yamaha with Wedge mouthpieces

Hometown: Muskegon (Michigan)

Prizes and scholarships: Winner of the Brevard Music Center’s Concerto Competition in 1997

Favourite composers: Mahler, R. Strauss, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff

Favourite works: Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, R. Strauss’ An Alpine Symphony

Interests: Photography, CrossFit, surfing, wine and whisky tasting, sous-vide cooking, University of Michigan football, spending time with his wife and his cat Brutus