Louis Hanzlik, trumpet
Trumpeter Louis Hanzlik has established himself as an accomplished chamber musician, orchestral player, and educator. He is a member of the Grammy Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Atlantic Brass Quintet. With Orpheus, he has performed as a soloist and ensemble musician at Carnegie Hall on dozens of occasions, and has regularly toured nationally and internationally with the orchestra since 2000, including recent visits to Japan (June 2012) and Germany (December 2011) and performances in Singapore, Scotland, and upcoming 40th Anniversary concerts in Germany, Russia, Switzerland, and Austria (November 2012).
Hanzlik is co-principal trumpet of the Riverside Symphony in New York City, performs with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s as part of their Carnegie Hall subscription series and Caramoor International Music Festival during summer months. He is a frequent guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and is an experienced Broadway musician, having served as the trumpeter for numerous Broadway productions including Phantom of the Opera, and most recently, Disney’s Mary Poppins.
After 2012 performances of the Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Trumpet with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Orpheus at Carnegie Hall, the New York Times mentioned “Louis Hanzlik, stood throughout the work, and his crisp, focused playing — particularly in the muted, gently chromatic solo in the Lento movement — made a strong case for equal billing”. The Washington Post also stated that Hanzlik “gave an appropriately rollicking performance” and “it was Hanzlik, relishing in high Shostakovich sarcasm, who easily stole the show”. March and October of 2008 marked Hanzlik’s solo debuts at Carnegie Hall, performing Alexander Arutiunian’s Concerto for Trumpet with the University of Iowa Symphony Band and Paul Moravec’s Brandenburg Gate with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Dr. Louis Hanzlik is Assistant Professor of Music (Trumpet and Chamber Music) at the University of Connecticut, and also serves as the Music Department’s Coordinator of Applied Music. In addition to his duties at the University of Connecticut, he maintains an international teaching presence with the Atlantic Brass Quintet’s International Brass Quintet Seminar (currently in residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s Orpheus Institute residencies (the University of Maryland, the Interlochen Arts Academy, and the University of Connecticut).
As an educator, Dr. Hanzlik promotes the inclusion of chamber music, in concept and practice, within a student’s curriculum and subsequent professional life. As evidenced by his latest article publication in the International Trumpet Guild Journal, Fostering Democratic Citizenship: Chamber Music’s Ready-Made Space, Hanzlik explores democratic approaches to teaching and learning in the arts. His dissertation, Fostering Democracy and Citizenship through Chamber Music Coaching from Teachers College, Columbia University, examines chamber music’s unique social and musical attributes, such as collaborative leadership, engaged followership, critical thinking, mutuality, respect, and suggests that democratically-mindful chamber music classrooms foster Artist-Citizenry, in addition to advanced musicianship. As a direct result of this chamber music research and performance expertise, Hanzlik oversees the curriculum of the brass chamber music program at UConn (recently creating Performer’s Certificate in Chamber Music) and serves as an advisor for the Orpheus Institute, a program that promotes and facilitates the Orpheus Process of collaborative leadership to students in the Fine Arts, Business, Humanities, and Sciences.
Performances for the 2012-2013 Season include regular appearances with Orpheus at Carnegie Hall, concerts in Moscow, Berlin, Basel, Vienna, Colorado, and Michigan. As part of the season, Orpheus will collaborate with jazz legend Wayne Shorter and his Quartet, performing at Carnegie Hall and recording the orchestra’s commission of Mr. Shorter. In a similar cross over initiative, 2012 marks the release of Chick Corea’s newest recording The Continents. This Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra was released on the Deutsche Grammophon label, a recording Hanzlik performed on as both a solo and ensemble trumpeter.
In 2012-2013, the Atlantic Brass Quintet anticipates the release of Hanzlik’s Well-Tempered Clavier (J.S. Bach) arrangements, as well as new works for brass quintet by Ben Monder and Alan Ferber. The ABQ will present concerts in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Vermont, Connecticut, as well as the 2012 and 2013 Atlantic Brass Quintet International Seminars at MIT (Cambridge, MA).
2012-2013 marks the release of the recording project The Complete Brass Quintets of Victor Ewald, partnering Hanzlik with brass legends Mark Gould, David Taylor, Chris Komer, and Tim Albright. In February 2013, Hanzlik will perform as soloist with the IRIS Orchestra (Memphis, TN) in a performance of Martin’s Concerto for 7 Wind Instruments, and will perform Kevin Walczyk’s Concerto Gaucho with the University of Connecticut Wind Ensemble.
Hanzlik is a Trumpet Artist for the Vincent Bach Corporation, and records with the Atlantic Brass Quintet for Summit Records. He can also be heard on over a dozen recordings on such labels as Naxos, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, Summit, Decca, Chandos, Arabesque, Bridge, New World, and Vanguard Classics labels. Hanzlik has recorded frequently for commercial radio and television and for numerous public radio and television features, such as Live from Lincoln Center, National Public Radio’s Performance Today, and for the NFL on NBC.
Originally from Iowa, Hanzlik is a graduate of the University of Iowa (B.M.), The Juilliard School (M.M.) and Teachers College, Columbia University (Ed.D.). He resides in Storrs, CT with his wife, Amanda, and two children, Ethan and Grace.