Eric Berlin founded the Majestic Brass Quintet in 1988 at the New England Conservatory of Music. Majestic Brass is comprised of some of Boston’s most illustrious brass musicians who appear regularly with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Boston Modern Orchestra Project and more.
“True Colors was written for Eric Berlin, principal trumpet of the Albany Symphony, and he plays it vividly here.”
“Trumpetist Eric Berlin enters with surety, dexterity and a full tone.”
~Classical-Modern Music Review
“Soloist Eric Berlin is equally adept at producing a bright gleaming tone for the first, and raw, brash power for the second.”
Trumpeter Eric Berlin has made the music of our time the focus of his career. As a soloist, he has commissioned, premiered and recorded new works for trumpet from some of today’s most exciting composers, including George Tsontakis, Stephen Paulus, Joseph Turrin, Anthony Plog, Eric Ewazen, and James Stephenson. Much of this work has been documented on his solo releases on MSR Classics — End of the Matter, Calls and Echoes and Fantastique.
Fantastique documents works Berlin commissioned and premiered for trumpet and wind ensemble including Stephen Paulus’ Concerto for Two Trumpets which received a Grammy Nomination in 2014 for Best Contemporary Classical Composition.
In March 2012 Mr. Berlin premiered and recorded “True Colors for Trumpet and Orchestra” by George Tsontakis which was commissioned for him by the Albany Symphony Orchestra. This recording was released on NAXOS and was named one of the “Top Ten Classical Recordings of 2017” by National Public Radio. In December of 2021, Professor Berlin recorded Christopher Rouse’s Heimdall’s Trumpet with the Albany Symphony Orchestra which is scheduled for release in early 2024.
He has has performed as a soloist with Hartford, Albany and Brooklyn Symphony Orchestras, the Helsinki University Orchestra in Finland, Orquestra Cidade de Recife and Orquestra Unisinos Anchieta in Brazil, the U.S. Coast Guard Band, and the New England Brass Band among others. Of his performance with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Boston Globe wrote, “Eric Berlin poured out dazzling, clarion brightness with elegant edges.”
Mr. Berlin has been a featured soloist at several recent International Trumpet Guild Conferences including a full recital of commissions in 2005 in Bangkok, Thailand, concerto performances in 2004, 2007, 2012 and 2013 and most recently a 2017 recital with trombone colleague Greg Spiridopoulos of repertoire that has been recorded for upcoming release.
As Principal Trumpet of the Grammy Award winning Albany Symphony Orchestra since 1998, Eric Berlin can be heard with that ensemble on more than a dozen acclaimed recordings that include works by John Corigliano, Christopher Rouse, Aaron Kernis, John Harbison, Morton Gould, Roy Harris and William Schuman to name a few. He is also a member of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, where he can be heard on several dozen recordings by living American composers including Derek Bermel, Jacob Druckman, Robert Erickson, Lukas Foss, Charles Fussell, Steven Mackey, Gunther Schuller, and Evan Ziporyn. Since 2006, has spent his summers performing as Associate Principal Trumpet of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, CO. In addition to his regular positions, he has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Los Angeles Philharmonic as well as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops.
Mr. Berlin enjoys international regard as a trumpet pedagogue as Professor of Trumpet at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was elected to two terms as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Trumpet Guild and hosted the 2007 ITG Annual Conference. He has given masterclasses worldwide and at such prestigious institutions as Baylor University, Eastman School of Music, Yale University, and the University of North Texas as well as the Turku Conservatory in Turku and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. He also has a recurring column in Brass Herald, the world’s largest brass magazine.
A native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Mr. Berlin attended the New England Conservatory of Music, where he was a student of Charles Schlueter, former Principal Trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Robert Nagel of the New York Brass Quintet. He has also studied extensively with Vincent Penzarella of the New York Philharmonic, Tom Rolfs of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Frank Kaderabek, former Principal Trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
While not performing, teaching or playing daddy to his beloved daughter Stella, he can be found photographing the wonders of nature in the Rocky Mountains and Western Massachusetts where he lives with his canine companion Chestnut.