Mahler 5 in Charleston, SC (USA)

2017-04-05

On April 21 and 22, 2017 the Charleston Symphony Orchestra has programmed Symphony No. 5 by Gustav Mahler, a work that includes one of the most famous and important solos that the trumpet has in its orchestral repertoire. It is this solo that will be performed by Antonio Martí — principal trumpet of the orchestra.

Antonio Martí is one of the great Spanish orchestral trumpeters of his generation. At the age of 20 he won the Nice International Summer Academy of Music Competition (France), and just three years later, he studied with the great Vincent Penzarella at Mannes College in New York (USA).

His orchestral trumpet training, which involved not only from Penzarella, but also from Philip Smith and Robert Sullivan, allowed him to have his first orchestral contract at the age of 25, with the Tenerife Symphony (Spain) — although, he was already subbing with that very orchestra since he was 18 years old. Shortly after he was named soloist of the Tokyo Symphony (Japan), where it remained for seven years. Later, he was with the Kamerata München (Germany) and collaborated with important orchestras both in Spain (Spanish Radio and Television Symphony) and in the USA (New York Philharmonic) until 2014, when he accepted a position with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, a post he still maintains.

Antonio Martí at the Trumpetland School

Just last week, Antonio Martí joined us at the Trumpetland School as a teacher, and did so with a video lesson (the first of three) about Mahler's Symphony No. 5, which is very much appreciated by members of Trumpetland. Here you can see the demo video:

Mahler's Fifth

Concerts with the Charleston Symphony will be, as we said above, on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22 at 7:30 pm at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, SC with Ken Lam as their conductor. These concerts are included in the Masterworks series of the season, and sponsored by Greystar (a real estate company) because the Charleston Symphony is an orchestra that, despite its 80 years of top level activity, is financed largely through private contributions.

But it was not always like this. The Charleston Symphony had to reinvent itself after a recent period of economic recession in the United States (some countries in the European Union are still suffering) and had to face a stage of deep reorganization in order to be saved. The orchestra survived. It restructured as is now stronger than ever.

Michael Smith

Much of this success was due to the then principal trumpet of the orchestra, Michael Smith, who saw the crisis they were going through and decided to substitute his musician's tuxedo for a manager's jacket, sacrificing his passion for the trumpet to become the Executive Director of the Charleston Symphony — carrying out a series of reforms in the orchestra to date.

This story is very inspiring. In Trumpetland, we recently had the opportunity to be in Charleston and have lunch with Michael Smith himself and we recorded a nice video report that will be published in the Trumpetland Premium Area (only visible to Premium members).

If you have the opportunity, please go and listen to Mahler's Fifth performed by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra with Antonio Martí, principal trumpet. It will be worth it!

Remember: Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22 at 7:30 pm at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, SC. Click here for more information.

Trumpeters related to this news

Antonio Martí
Principal Trumpet at Charleston Symphony Orchestra (United States)

» Antonio Martí in the Encyclopedia of Trumpet Players