Collaborative Pianist Lydia Brown and Trumpeter Christopher Martin Join the Juilliard Music Faculty

Thursday, Feb 15, 2018
Press Release

NEW YORK –– Juilliard announces the appointments of pianist and alumna Lydia Brown and New York Philharmonic trumpeter Christopher Martin to its music faculty. Ms. Brown will begin at Juilliard as chair of the Collaborative Piano Department in the fall of 2018. She is taking over from longtime faculty member Margo Garrett, who recently stepped down. Mr. Martin’s appointment to the faculty is effective immediately.

About Lydia Brown

Lydia Brown has achieved a wide-ranging career in opera, recital, and chamber music. She holds a DMA from Juilliard and earned piano degrees from Eastman School of Music and Yale University. A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, she has served regularly as an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera since 2005 and at San Francisco Opera since 2011. Ms. Brown has also enjoyed long relationships with Spoleto Festival USA and Gotham Chamber Opera and has overseen the vocal program at the Marlboro Music Festival and School since 2006. Her recital appearances include the Salle Cortot, Grace Rainey Rogers auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y, the Phillips Gallery, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Her previous faculty positions include Yale and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

About Christopher Martin

Christopher Martin has been principal trumpet player of the New York Philharmonic since September 2016, having previously served as principal trumpeter with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 11 seasons. Earlier in his career, he was principal trumpeter of the Atlanta Symphony and associate principal with the Philadelphia Orchestra, a position he won at age 22. Mr. Martin has appeared as a soloist numerous times with both the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony, including the world premiere performance of Juilliard faculty member Christopher Rouse’s concerto Heimdall’s Trumpet in 2016. He made his New York Philharmonic solo debut in October 2016 performing Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre, led by then-music director and Juilliard alumnus Alan Gilbert. Mr. Martin is heard playing solo trumpet on the soundtrack of Steven Spielberg’s film Lincoln (2012), which is by Juilliard alumnus John Williams.  Other recordings include the National Brass Ensemble’s Gabrieli and a 2011 release of CSO Brass Live. Dedicated to music education, Mr. Martin has previously taught at Northwestern University and coached the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

About The Juilliard School

Founded in 1905, The Juilliard School is a world leader in performing arts education. Juilliard’s mission is to provide the highest caliber of artistic education for gifted musicians, dancers, and actors from around the world so that they may achieve their fullest potential as artists, leaders, and global citizens.

Located at Lincoln Center in New York City, Juilliard offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in dance, drama (acting and playwriting), and music (classical, jazz, historical performance, and vocal arts). Currently more than 800 artists from 40 states and 38 countries are enrolled at The Juilliard School, where they appear in over 700 annual performances in the school’s five theaters; at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and David Geffen Halls and at Carnegie Hall; as well as other venues around New York City, the country, and the world.

Beyond its New York campus, Juilliard is defining new directions in global performing arts education for a range of learners and enthusiasts through The Tianjin Juilliard School and K-12 educational curricula.

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Trumpeter Christopher Martin Will be Joining the Juilliard Music Faculty (photo by Todd Rosenberg)