American trumpeter Gareth Flowers is originally from Arlington, Virginia. He was born a fraternal twin into a musical family; his mother a cellist for the National Symphony Orchestra, and his father a trumpeter. Gareth began playing at the age of 10, studying with Chuck Seipp of the US Army Band, (Pershing’s Own) for 7 years until entering the National Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Fellowship program and studying with Steve Hendrickson for a year prior to entering college. During this time he also performed with the American Youth Philharmonic, and attended the Tanglewood Festival. He then attended the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tuition of Michael Sachs for one year, and moved on to the Juilliard School in New York City for 6 years, studying with Ray Mase, Mark Gould and Phil Smith, and earning a BM and MM with a focus on performance. He made his Lincoln Center debut during his undergrad years, performing Joseph Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra and Otto Werner Mueller conducting. While at Juilliard, he also studied music technology with Mari Kimura, and Milica Paranosic, and performed on the Beyond the Machine series. Gareth has performed in master classes with Glen Fischtall, Steven Burns, Gabriele Cassone, and Gotthard Eder.
Gareth has performed as guest principal trumpet of the San Francisco Symphony, the Seoul Philharmonic, and the American Symphony Orchestra. He has performed in the trumpet sections of the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Baltimore Symphony. In chamber music settings, he has been a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) since 2003, performing at the Lincoln Center Festival, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and the American premier of Luciano Berio’s complete Sequenzas. He has performed with the Argento New Music Project, YMusic, the Portland Chamber Music Festival, Camerata Pacifica, Close Encounters With Music in the Berkshires, and at Bargemusic.
Having done so much orchestral work, Gareth has had the opportunity to work with many great conductors including James Conlon, Michael Tilson Thomas, Christoph Eschenbach, Nello Santi, Riccardo Muti, Gianandrea Noseda, and James Gaffigan. While in New York, Gareth has performed with many theatrical productions on Broadway and has had the opportunity to work with musical directors Paul Gemignani and Ted Sperling.
Gareth has recorded for the Philadelphia Orchestra, Philip Glass, David Byrne, St. Vincent, Anthony Braxton, ICE, Anthony Coleman, Sympho (Paul Haas), Huang Ruo, duYun, Gabriel Kahane, TILT Brass, Logistic Minutiae, and can be heard on the cast recordings of South Pacific, and Women On the Verge Of a Nervous Breakdown.
Always enthusiastic about cutting edge contemporary music, Gareth has premiered a number of works written for him, including music by Joseph Phibbs, and Walter Blanton. In 2009, he formed the Batteries Duo to explore the relationship between minimal musical structures, sampling, and live sound processing. In September 2010, he recorded Matthias Pintscher’s Sonic Eclipse with ICE for the label Kairos. Mr. Pintscher is currently revising his solo work Shining Forth, so that Gareth may record it this spring along with numerous other electro-acoustic works written for him including two that involve applications developed for the iPhone and iPad. He released Acousmatic in 2011, a recording of solo electro-acoustic improvisations that range from sublime to terrifying soundscapes for trumpet and live processing.
Gareth also owns a small record label; .soundFlowers. which is also a project studio from which he has written or co-written music for the Corcoran Group and Harper’s Bazaar. Gareth has presented a master class at the Juilliard School with the Batteries Duo, and is currently on the faculty of Columbia University’s music performance program.