Mary Elizabeth Bowden, trumpet
Classical Trumpeter and Gold Medal Global Music Award Winner Mary Elizabeth Bowden has been described by Gramophone Magazine as “brilliant” and “radiant in new repertoire for trumpet.” Bowden, a Yamaha Performing Artist, is highly regarded for her artistry and virtuosity as a soloist, and has been praised for the clarity, purity and power of her sound. Bowden released both her second solo album, Rêverie (with the Kassia Ensemble), and her debut album, Radiance (featuring new American works), on Summit Records. She has been featured on NPR’s “New Classical Tracks” with Julie Amacher, which is aired on NPR stations across the United States.
Mary is Principal Trumpet of the Artosphere Festival Orchestra in Arkansas, and a member of the Iris Orchestra in Tennessee and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. She is a founding member of Seraph Brass and the Chrysalis Chamber Players, and also performs with her husband, trumpeter David Dash, as the Dash Duo.
Mary’s recent solo performance highlights include the premiere of her Vivian Fung commission, “Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra,” with the Erie Philharmonic and Anchorage Symphony. It was the first commission by a North American female composer for a female trumpet soloist, and was awarded a New Music USA grant. In 2021, Mexican composer Gina Enríquez Morán is writing a new concerto for Mary, to be premiered by the World and European Brass Association. She is slated to perform Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s “American Concerto” with the Las Vegas Philharmonic in 2021, and is on the Allied Concert Services roster for Spring 2021 to tour extensively with the Kassia Ensemble. Mary performed the Spain premiere of James Macmillan’s Seraph with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria at the Maspalomas International Trumpet Festival. She made her German debut in Eisenach at the Wartburg Castle and her French debut at the Château de Courances, both through the World and European Brass Association. With Seraph Brass, she will perform at the Busan Maru International Music Festival in South Korea and will play more than 40 concerts and residencies throughout the United States, including one at the Interlochen Arts Academy.
Other solo performances include appearances with China’s Hunan Symphony Orchestra at the Hunan Spring Festival Concert, Montana’s Big Sky Festival, Evansville Philharmonic, Peninsula Symphony (California), Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra, Croatian Army Wind Band at the Velika Gorica Brass Festival, Chameleon Arts Ensemble (Boston), Festival Amadeus Strings (Montana), Springfield Symphony (Missouri), Naples Symphony, Fifth Avenue Chamber Orchestra (Florida), Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra, San Juan Symphony, Springfield (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra and New Haven Chamber Orchestra.
Mary is the First Prize winner of the International Women’s Brass Conference Trumpet Competition, and Second Prize winner of the 2019 American Prize in Instrumental Performance. She was also awarded the Public Prize from the Perrenoud Foundation International Music Competition. She teaches at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and is Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Shenandoah Conservatory.
Mary began full-time college studies at the age of 14, receiving an Associate Degree from the Joliet Junior College. Subsequently, she earned her Bachelor of Music degree from The Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with the principal trumpeter of the Philadelphia Orchestra, David Bilger. She was awarded her Master of Music degree in 2006 from the Yale School of Music, where she studied on a full scholarship with trumpeter Allan Dean.