14: Chris Coletti, Canadian Brass Trumpeter

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The shows notes for this episode can be found at

I’m thrilled to bring onto the podcast Chris Coletti, longtime trumpeter with the Canadian Brass!

Here are a few of the salient points Chris and I discussed as he fought the urge to indulge in his wife’s delicious cooking. I kid you not, I could literally smell the piquant aroma through the Skype connection 🙂

  • The challenges of keeping a well-established brand relevant over decades of existence.
  • Why musicians should seek to play with kindred spirits rather than established ensemble templates.
  • Why being “the best” is a misnomer – it’s all about communicating a message with your audience.
  • How composers miss the mark in communicating their message with their music.
  • A brief history of the Canadian Brass: From kiddie concerts to Carnegie Hall.
  • Chris’ adaptation of a Dead Mau5 song and possible collaboration w/ Canadian Brass.
  • Plus Much More!!!

About the Guest:

Since joining Canadian Brass in 2009, trumpeter/arranger Christopher Coletti has performed hundreds of concerts, TV and radio appearances around the world with the group, recorded 8 billboard chart-topping/award-winning CDs, filmed multiple music videos, and arranged a plethora of music that The Brass has recorded and regularly performs. Canadian Brass’ dedication to music education is a perfect fit for Coletti who enjoys sharing his unique perspective as a full-time performer and active educator with students and fellow teachers.  Chris is adjunct professor of trumpet at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music and also has a private teaching studio in Brooklyn, NY and on Skype.

Coletti received his Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School and his Bachelor’s Degree from Manhattan School of Music which he completed in just 3 years. Throughout his education, Coletti received multiple awards and scholarships, and won a number of competitions including the Music Academy of the West Chamber Concerto Competition, Manhattan School of Music Concerto Competition, LaGuardia Arts Concerto Competition Staten Island Symphony Concerto Competition, The Tanglewood Music Center Charles E. Culpeper Foundation Fellowship and Susan B. Kaplan Fellowship,The Juilliard School Frieda and Harry Aronson Scholarship, and The Manhattan School of Music President Scholarship.

Coletti got his professional start as Principal Trumpet of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra in Alabama. Comfortable in many musical styles, Coletti has performed with a wide range of musicians ranging from Yefim Bronfman, Pierre Boulez, Michael Tilson Thomas and Ricardo Muti to Quincy Jones, Carlos Santana, Gloria Estefan, and Miami Sound Machine. Coletti has perfect pitch, is a proficient whistler, and has the unique ability to sing an operatic high C.

Coletti performs exclusively on Bach Artisan Trumpets, (Bb, C, Eb and Piccolo), Bach Cornet 184ML and Conn “Vintage 1” (V1) Flugelhorn.

About the author, James Newcomb

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