Internationally acclaimed trumpeter Marc Reese joined the Empire Brass in 1996. Reese maintains a busy schedule as a chamber musician and soloist, touring extensively throughout the United States, Europe and the Far East. Reese continually receives critical acclaim for his performances throughout the world including recent performances at the Kennedy Center, Mozarteum in Salzburg and Japan’s Suntory Hall.
As an educator, Reese serves as assistant dean and head of the Brass Department for Lynn University’s Conservatory of Music. He conducts master classes throughout the world as a trumpet artist and clinician for the Conn-Selmer Company and is in demand as a performer and adjudicator at international brass conferences and competitions. Reese has contributed articles to various brass publications and is the contributing editor of the International Trumpet Guild Journal’s Chamber Connection, a recurring column that deals with the many facets of brass chamber music.
Reese is also highly regarded as an orchestral musician having been engaged to perform with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestra. He is a frequent performer and teacher at the world’s great summer festivals, including Marlboro, Tanglewood and the Pacific Music Festival. Reese has taken part in numerous premieres of new music and is responsible for commissioning multiple new works for the trumpet in various settings. He has also created dozens of new arrangements for both the trumpet and the brass quintet.
In addition to recording for Telarc with the Empire Brass, Reese has recorded for Sony with the Boston Pops and has been featured on the Naxos label with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. He has performed on PBS’ "Evening at Pops" and has appeared on Japan’s NHK TV. Reese’s debut solo album, "The Other Trumpet," will be released later this year.
As a young artist, Reese attended the Tanglewood Institute and Juilliard School where he studied with Mel Broiles and Mark Gould. He received his B.M. from Boston University as a student of Roger Voisin, was a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and went on to receive his M.M. from the New England Conservatory studying with Tim Morrison.
Reese currently resides in South Florida with his wife, pianist Lisa Leonard. Reese and Leonard often collaborate in performances of Shostakovich’s Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings as well as the recently commissioned James Stephenson Concerto for the same instrumentation which they premiered in 2007 in Boca Raton, Florida.
- B.M., Boston University
- M.M., New England Conservatory