Paul Merkelo

Paul Merkelo is currently solo trumpet with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal which he joined in 1995. Mr. Merkelo’s previous engagements include that of solo trumpet with the Rochester Philharmonic and the New Orleans Symphony and performance with the New York Philharmonic and the Pittsburg Symphony.

As soloist, he was also invited to perform with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the McGill University Chamber Orchestra, I Musici of montréal, the Rochester Philharmonic, New Orleans Symphony, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, and was a musical ambassador of Canada with the Shanghai Broadcast Orchestra.

Two Concertos for trumpet were written especially for him by David Liptak, Chairman of the Eastman School Faculty of Music, and Rudolf Haken, Composer, University of Illinois.

Mr. Merkelo made his New York debut in 1998 when he performed at the Lincoln Center with Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony Orchestra.

His first solo performance entitled "A Simple Song? with Amberola Records, ranked number one in the chart of classical recordings in Quebec in January 2000. In 2004 Mr. Merkelo’s second recording "Baroque Transcriptions" was nominated by ADISQ for best solo classical CD of the year.

Mr. Merkelo is on the faculty of Music at McGill University and in collaboration with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, he has created a scholarship program open to contestants for the annual OSM competition and which awards aspiring young musicians the financial aid necessary for the pursuit of their career in music.

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