In recent years, trumpeter Ansel Norris has distinguished himself as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician of equal renown. The first prize winner of the National Trumpet Competition’s solo division in 2009 and 2012, Ansel was also a member of the winning Northwestern University trumpet octet. He received the Gold Award in Music from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts’s YoungARTS program, and performed on the nationally syndicated NPR program “From the Top” as a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist. Ansel’s playing has also been featured on statewide television and radio as a soloist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra in the Bolz Young Artist Competition and the Neale-Silva Young Artist Competition, both taking place in his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin.
As a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Ansel has acted as principal trumpet in acclaimed performances of Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 15 and Strauss’s Don Juan, among others. Ansel also served as principal trumpet of the National Orchestral Institute in performances of Mahler’s Symphonies no. 3 and 6, and will spend the summer of 2014 as a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center. Ansel has worked with some of the world’s great conductors, including Michael Tilson Thomas, Riccardo Muti, Jaap van Zweden and, recently, Jaime Laredo, as a two-time fellow of the New York String Orchestra Seminar. He is proud to be a founding member of the Lincoln Chamber Brass, which will be competing in the quarterfinals of 2014’s Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition. Ansel will graduate from Northwestern University in 2014, where he has worked extensively with Charles Geyer, Stephen Burns, and Christopher Martin. In Madison, his teacher was John Aley, professor of trumpet at the UW-Madison School of Music.