Jeffrey Work, Principal Trumpet
Jeffrey Work joined the Oregon Symphony as Principal Trumpet at the start of the 2006-2007 season, following 13 years as an active freelance musician in the Boston area. In 1995, he became the first trumpeter in the New England Conservatory of Music’s history to be awarded its prestigious Artist Diploma. During his years in New England, Work performed regularly with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops. In addition, he performed and recorded a wide variety of repertoire with the Boston Philharmonic, Emmanuel Music, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. In an unlikely coincidence, fellow Oregon Symphony trumpeter David Bamonte and Jeffrey Work have both served as the Third Trumpet of the Portland Symphony Orchestra in Maine!
Born in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, Jeff began lessons at the age of eight, soon becoming enthralled with the trumpet. Following a move to Falls Church, Virginia, Jeff studied seven years with the first chair of The United States Army Band, Sgt. Major Robert Ferguson. He credits this teacher with instilling in him, early on, a desire to become not only an excellent trumpet player but an excellent and artistically-minded musician as well. His subsequent teachers, Charles Schlueter and Armando Ghitalla, continued inspiring Jeff toward this goal.
Jeffrey Work can be heard on a number of recordings. Among them are: Stravinsky’s Petrouchka, Ravel’s Piano Concerto, Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, and Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony — all as first trumpet of the Boston Philharmonic under Benjamin Zander; Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto with the Missouri Symphony under Hugo Vianello; Bach’s Cantatas BWV 20 and BWV 75 with Emmanuel Music under Craig Smith; on the Boston Pops CD “Summon the Heroes” as first offstage trumpet under John Williams; as well as numerous recordings of contemporary music with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project under Gil Rose. Work has also given the premiere performances of two full-length trumpet concertos with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston: Eric Ewazen’s under Gisele Ben-Dor in 1998 and James M. Stephenson’s under Isaiah Jackson in 2003.
The photo you see here, Jeff calls ”Imprisoned by His Career Choice.” Jeff assures everyone that it is a happy imprisonment and that he considers himself very lucky indeed to be able to make his living making music. Photo credit: Steven Emery.
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