Chris Gekker is Professor of Trumpet at the University of Maryland School of Music. He has been featured as soloist throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, and appears as soloist on more than twenty recordings and as a performer on more than one hundred chamber music, orchestra, and jazz recordings.
He was a member of the American Brass Quintet for eighteen years, and on the faculties of the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, and Columbia University. He was principal trumpet with the Orchestra of St Luke’s and frequently performed and recorded as principal with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and often as a guest with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has been a guest principal trumpet with the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Santa Fe Opera. His Articulation Studies, 44 Duos, Endurance Drills, and Piccolo Trumpet Studies are available from Colin Publications.
Gekker was born in Washington D.C., grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, and is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the University of Maryland. His teachers include Emerson Head, Sidney Mear, Adel Sanchez, and Gerard Schwarz.