In an exclusive performance that just aired on SiriusXM Pops (Friday, March 15), the legendary ensemble, Canadian Bras, surprised listeners by introducing Caleb Hudson, an exceptionally gifted young trumpet player, as its newest member. At just 25, the Juilliard grad has already assembled an impressive résumé, including multiple first-place awards at the National Trumpet Competition and a professional solo debut with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center this season. He joins founding member Chuck Daellenbach and three other Juilliard/Curtis-trained brass masters, Chris Coletti, Eric Reed and Achilles Liarmakopoulos.
When charismatic young trumpet star Caleb Hudson performed Bach and the Beatles with Canadian Brass on the March 15 edition of SiriusXM Pops, he was billed as a guest performer. At the end of the half hour performance, which showcased Hudson’s undeniable virtuosity, quiet confidence and infectious charm, the group made an unexpected announcement: Caleb Hudson is joining the world’s most famous brass ensemble as its newest member.
Of this inaugural public appearance, SiriusXM Classical Music Program Director and Pops host David Srebnik said: “Caleb’s performances were stellar. He was absolutely unflappable when playing those stratospheric notes on ‘Penny Lane,’ but more importantly he played with a tremendous artistic flair and beauty.” The performance is being rebroadcast on Friday, March 15 at 11:30 PM and on Saturday, March 16 at 6:30 PM on SiriusXM Pops, channel 75.
“I am honored and overwhelmed to be part of an ensemble with such a legacy and legendary presence as the Canadian Brass,” said Hudson, who is currently completing his time with the prestigious Academy post-grad program from Carnegie Hall, Juilliard and the Weill Institute. Touted as “brilliantly stylish” by The New York Times, Hudson is the perfect match for the ensemble that is famous for its signature blend of classical rigor and delightful showmanship.
Caleb hits the ground running, joining The Brass on an eight-month tour to Europe, Asia and South America plus numerous stops across the ensemble’s home continent. He’ll also be heading into the studio with the group in May as they begin work on several new discs, including two for the Steinway & Sons label. Canadian Brass made music history yet again last year when their Open Day-produced album, Canadian Brass Takes Flight, became the first non-piano recording released on the world-renowned Steinway label. The album has been nominated for a JUNO (the Canadian equivalent of a GRAMMY®) for Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble.
Watch Caleb in action with the Canadian Brass on the ensemble’s YouTube Channel.
“Brilliantly stylish” (The New York Times) trumpet player Caleb Hudson graduated from the Juilliard School in 2012 with a Bachelor and Master of Music degree. He made his solo debut this season with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2. Caleb has performed in music festivals including the Verbier Festival, Music Academy of the West and the Aspen Music Festival, where he was soloist with pianist Vladimir Feltsman in a performance of Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Trumpet and Orchestra. A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Caleb has won first place at the National Trumpet Competition multiple times. He is principal trumpet of Symphony in C and has performed with the New York City Ballet, New World Symphony, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, New York Trumpet Ensemble, Ensemble ACJW and the American Brass Quintet. An avid Baroque musician, Caleb performs with notable period ensembles including Philharmonia Baroque, American Bach Soloists, The American Classical Orchestra, Concert Royal and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra. Caleb is a performing and teaching artist of The Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall. He lives in New York City with his wife Amanda.
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