Chris Scanlon is a dynamic performer and educator with a diverse performing career. He has appeared with orchestras and chamber ensembles in Europe, Asia, Canada, Mexico, the Middle East and across the United States. He has performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Beacon Theater, NYC Town Hall, the 92nd St Y, the Mercury Lounge, Kings Theater, Studio 54, in Broadway theaters for shows such as Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, An American in Paris and Kiss Me Kate and won a position multiple years with the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra. Chris has also performed at the Kennedy Center in DC, the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Powell Hall in St. Louis, Symphony Hall in Boston, and internationally in Mexico’s Palacio de Bellas Artes and Auditorio Nacional, the Vienna Musikverein, the Philharmonies in Berlin and Cologne, the KKL in Lucern, Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Zurich Tonhalle, the Dubai Opera House, and the Tokyo Opera House. As Co-Principal Trumpet of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, Chris performs on various international tours, festivals and residencies throughout the year with artists such as Joshua Bell, David Garrett, Martha Argerich, Mischa Maisky, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Daniil Trifonov, Andras Schiff, Anne Sofie von Otter, Yuja Wang, George Li and many others, as well as and broadcast recordings for http://www.medici.tv.
In the past he has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Miami Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of New York, Boston Lyric Opera, Singapore Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Vermont Symphony, Charleston Symphony, US Coast Guard Band, Westchester Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, New World Symphony, and under the batons of Seiji Ozawa, John Williams, James Levine, Kurt Mazur, Ton Coopman, Valery Gergiev, Robert Spano, Paavo Jarvi, Sir Mark Elder, Daniel Harding, Gianandrea Noseda and Rafael Frubeck de Burgos. Chris went on multiple tours of Mexico as a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas and served as the Associate Principal Trumpet of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey Mexico. Festival invitations include Artosphere, Banff, Spoleto, Music Academy of the West, National Repertory Orchestra, Verbier and Tanglewood where he was the recipient of the Roger Voisin Award.
As a soloist he has performed the Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Trumpet with Yuja Wang and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, as well as Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, Copland’s Quiet City, Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Trumpets with the St. John’s Chamber Ensemble, Spectrum Symphony of New York and the Garden State Philharmonic. Equally at home in contemporary music settings, Chris has recorded new music with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Xenakis’s Eonta with the Callithumpian Consort for Mode Records, the premier of American composer Russell J. Courter’s Atmospheres for Solo Trumpet & Orchestra, and on albums for the avant-garde Happy Valley Band and the Shrine Big Band, Andy Akiho’s Speaking Tree with Grammy Award winning producer Judith Sherman, premieres of works by Rodion Schedrin with the VFCO and a featured performance of the Elliot Carter Brass Quintet, coached by the composer at Tanglewood’s Festival of Contemporary Music.
He has appeared on stage with popular artists such as Josh Groban, Harry Connick Jr, Neil Patrick Harris, Hanson, Questlove, Paul Shafer, Patti Labelle, Rufus Wainwright, Paul Giamatti, Celtic Thunder, with Broadway stars such as Brian Stokes Mitchell, Sara Jean Ford, Lena Hall, Mauricio Martinez, Kathy Najimy, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Richard Kind and Kelli O’Hara, and Latin stars such as Aleks Syntek, Natalia Lafourcade and Pedro Fernandez. Television credits include The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and the award-winning series, Mozart in the Jungle.
As a chamber musician, Chris is a founding member and arranger for Silver Spruce Trio, which creates unique chamber music sonorities through the combination of piano, cello and trumpet, has commissioned new works, toured Mexico and given interdisciplinary collaborative concerts around NYC. Chris is also a member of Filmharmonic Brass, seven top NYC brass players who have performed on over 70 soundtracks, with the mission to create original arrangements, recordings and performances of film music exclusively. Currently with a library of over 50 original arrangements of film music spanning 8 decades, their debut recording “Filmharonic Brass play the music of John Williams” was released to critical acclaim on Roven Records in 2016.
In 2015 Chris co-founded Banda Nueva York, NYC’s only authentic Sinaloense-style Mexican brass band, whose original songs by artists such as Tavo Lara and Pancho Pikadientes and arrangements by Latin Grammy winner Julio Lizarraga can be found on iTunes, Spotify & YouTube. BNY has performed at many of NYC’s most important Latin music venues such as La Boom, Stage48, El Patron, DROM, The Shrine, Littlefield and Symphony Space including three consecutive years guest performers for the Mexican Consulate’s Independence Day celebration. BNY has garnered a large social media presence with tens of thousands of views and followers in both the US and Mexico.
While working towards his DMA, Chris studied Baroque trumpet, performing works by Telemann, Finger and Schutz with the Stonybrook Baroque Ensemble, and Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro on baroque instruments with the VFCO and maestro Paul McCreesh, broadcast live on medici.tv. Chris recently premiered a new work featuring Baroque trumpet by American composer Jonathan Russell.
Chris appreciates the moments to give back through concerts for veterans with the Patriot Brass, and chamber music performances with Music for Autism and Concerts in Motion. A student of Thomas Rolfs, Mark Gould, Marie Speziale, Kevin Cobb and Joseph Foley, Chris was a recipient of the Gelber Award at Stony Brook University where he completed his Doctorate of Music Arts in 2016, focusing on electronic music’s influence on acoustic composition for trumpet. Recently, Chris worked with Dominic Derasse on the compilation, editing and typesetting of Carmine Caruso, a sequel to Musical Calisthenics for Brass, published by Hal Leonard and the companion online video lesson series Caruso and Beyond. Chris is the former Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at San Jacinto College and has also taught at Juilliard Pre-College, The Calhoun School and Ethical Culture Fieldston School and the Browning School in New York. He currently resides in Dekalb, Illinois where he is Professor of Trumpet at Northern Illinois University.