Called “quite simply, a superstar of the trumpet” by conductor JoAnn Falletta, Joe Burgstaller has captivated audiences throughout the world with his dazzling virtuosity, sensitivity, and engaging personality. Perhaps best known in the brass world as a former full-time trumpeter and arranger for the famed Canadian Brass (8 years), he joined The Peabody Institute as Distinguished Visiting Artist in 2007, and now resides in Baltimore as a full-time faculty member teaching trumpet and brass chamber music.
Joe tours worldwide as a soloist (most recent appearances include Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul, Taipei, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Winnipeg, Hamburg, Bologna, US Virgin Islands and 22 U.S. States), as a chamber musician (New York Brass Arts Trio and the classical/jazz crossover group BM4) as a guest orchestral musician (most recently including Guest Principal of the Norddeutscher Rundfunk Sinfonieorchestra -Hamburg, Guest Principal of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and in the section of the New York Philharmonic, and as a clinician with his groundbreaking masterclasses for all instruments called “Change Your Mind, Change Your Playing®”.
Burgstaller’s extensive discography includes solo CDs (License to Thrill and The Virtuoso Trumpet) and three Top-10 Billboard hits. Joe and his latest solo CD “License To Thrill” were recently the subject of an hour-long segment of The INNERView (100 million viewers) on Korea’s Arirang Television, as well as an hour-long feature on Sirius-XM Classical Radio. "License To Thrill" features the music of Vivaldi-Bach, Sting, Jennifer Higdon, Gershwin, Chick Corea and a new commission by Su Lian Tan entitled “Ming”. His last two Classical/Jazz-Hybrid crossover CDs with Grammy-nominated pianist Hector Martignon (Bach’s Secret Files and Mozart’s Blue Dreams) were Top-50 on the JazzRadio charts and the Roots Radio Report (under Paul Simon but right above the Beastie Boys).
In addition to his years with Canadian Brass, he was also a member of the avant-garde Meridian Arts Ensemble (6 yrs.), as well as one of the all-time most popular soloists at Columbia Artists’ Community Concerts, performing 60 solo concerts every year. as a member of Canadian Brass and as a soloist, he has performed in front of more than 45 orchestras (Philadelphia, Minnesota, Detroit, Houston, Baltimore, New Jersey, Virginia, et.al), in more than 50 Music Festivals (14 summers at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA) and has performed and taught at over 80 universities, conservatories and colleges. As an educator, Mr. Burgstaller’s teaching emphasizes creativity, connection, versatility and entrepreneurship, and he combines the best of traditional techniques with an innovative mental training approach that has its roots in the field's modern breakthrough discoveries of the last two decades. Joe Burgstaller is a Yamaha Performing Artist.
“dashing… dazzled like sheet-lightning”
The Washington Post
The FrankfurterHoff (Germany)
“quite simply, a superstar of the trumpet.”
JoAnn Falletta, Music Director, Virginia Symphony and Buffalo Philharmonic
“superhuman musicality… Burgstaller even played two trumpets at the same time!”
The Syracuse Standard (NY)
“full of heart... ”
Klassik Magazine (Cologne, Germany)
“No one can deny the virtuosity and flamboyant musicianship of Mr. Burgstaller. His singing tone, lightning technique, and extroverted phrasing place him in a different league.”
The International Trumpet Guild Journal