American trumpeter Joel Brennan enjoys a diverse career performing as an orchestral, chamber, and solo musician. Joel has served as principal trumpet of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra (Japan) and Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra (Netherlands), and has appeared with orchestras worldwide such as the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (Korea), Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orkest van Het Oosten (Netherlands), and Bilkent Symphony Orchestra (Turkey).
As a soloist, Joel has performed works from Baroque to contemporary repertoire, including the United States premiere of Hans Werner Henze’sDrei geistliche Konzerte. A proponent of contemporary music and chamber music, Joel has given solo and collaborative recitals in the United States, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, the Philippines and Japan. He is the member of Reveille, a collective dedicated to exploring new paths for trumpet while connecting performers, composers and audiences in innovative ways.
Joel received his bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and before pursuing graduate studies at the Yale School of Music where he is a recipient of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. His principal instructors have included Roy Poper, Jack Sutte, Allan Dean, Arto Hoornweg and Raymond Mase. He was awarded a Fulbright Grant 2007, bringing him to the Netherlands for an intense year of performing, teaching and studying.
Currently Assistant Professor of Music at Brandon University (Manitoba, Canada), Joel has served as assistant to Arto Hoornweg at the Utrecht Conservatory (Netherlands) and has led trumpet ensembles and masterclasses at the Oberlin Trumpet Workshop (USA).