University of Kentucky Summer Trumpet Institute


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Faculty Profile: Alex Schwarz

Alexander Schwarz, trumpet
Alex Schwarz
Principal Trumpet
Louisville Orchestra

Alexander Schwarz hails from Chicago where he was born and raised, and holds the Leon Rapier chair as Principal Trumpet with the Louisville Orchestra. He received his Bachelor’s of Music degree from Northwestern University and briefly attended Rice University for his Master’s before accepting his position with the Louisville Orchestra in 2019. Alexander also frequently
performs with the Louisville Orchestra Brass Quintet for educational and community engagement projects.

Before obtaining his position as Principal Trumpet of the LO, Alexander was the Civic Orchestra of Chicago Trumpet Fellow for their 2016 and 2017 seasons. He joined creative consultant Yo- Yo Ma and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association to create innovative and engaging symphonic projects, built to serve Chicago’s surrounding communities. Alexander values the power music has to change the lives of others and has seen it happen first-hand.

In addition to the Louisville Orchestra, Alexander has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Dal Niente, Chicago Folks Operetta, Aspen Music Festival Brass Quintet, Music Academy of the West, National Orchestral Institute, and Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble where he was a guest soloist. Throughout his academia, he has studied with Christopher Martin, Robert Sullivan, Charles Geyer, and Barbara Butler.

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