Renowned trumpeters David Bilger, Billy Hunter, and Anthony Prisk—each an acclaimed performer—will join the Peabody faculty beginning in the 2019–20 academic year. Their team approach to leading the Peabody trumpet studio will offer students the opportunity to learn from three master teachers.
Hailed by The New York Times for his playing of "easy brilliance," Bilger has held the position of principal trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1995 and, before that, held the same position with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Houston Symphony, and others. He is currently on the music faculties of the Curtis Institute of Music, Northwestern University, and Temple University, and was formerly a faculty member of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia.
He has performed master classes at dozens of institutions, including the Juilliard School, Indiana University, the University of Michigan, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Peabody Conservatory. He has also taught at the Pacific Music Festival, the National Orchestral Institute, the Aspen Music Festival and School, and most recently at the Hamamatsu International Festival and Academy. Bilger holds a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois.
Hunter has been principal trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 2004 and has appeared as guest principal trumpet with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and the Chineke Orchestra in London. He has appeared as a soloist and recitalist across the United States, Europe, and Asia, and won two Grammy Awards for playing in MET Opera performances of John Adams' Doctor Atomic and Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle.
Hunter has given master classes at the Curtis Institute, the Juilliard School, and Stellenbosch University in South Africa, among others. A frequent coach for the New York Youth Symphony and the National Youth Orchestra, he is on faculty at NJCU and the Manhattan School of Music. Hunter holds a Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance from University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Music in trumpet performance from the Juilliard School.
Prisk joined the Philadelphia Orchestra as second trumpet in 2013; previously he was a member of the Houston Symphony for 11 seasons. He has performed internationally with orchestras and music festivals, among them the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Grant Park Festival Orchestra, and the New World Symphony, and he is the winner of two international trumpet competitions through the International Trumpet Guild. He has served on the faculty at the University of Houston and presented master classes at the New World Symphony, the University of Texas, Baylor University, Bowling Green State University, Northwestern University, and Iowa State University, among others.
Prisk received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois and his Master of Music degree at McGill University. He completed a fellowship with the New World Symphony.
Bilger, Hunter, and Prisk will succeed longtime faculty artist and former member of the Canadian Brass Joe Burgstaller. Under Burgstaller's leadership, the trumpet studio at Peabody has become known for its focus on holistic artistic development, preparing students for success in today's music world.
They join a diverse roster of artist-faculty colleagues charged with implementation of the Peabody Conservatory's new Breakthrough Curriculum in Performing Arts Leadership, a model at the forefront of arts training in the United States. The Breakthrough Curriculum is designed to help students develop skills in performance excellence, career development, and citizen artistry to meet the demands of today's ever-changing musical landscape. This includes a reimagined instrumental ensembles program in which students move through a rotation of varied ensemble experiences to ensure musical flexibility and training across a range of performing contexts, musical styles, and ensemble configurations.
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