Merrie Klazek, Trumpet

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Canadian Trumpeter Merrie Klazek is active as a performer, teacher and
recording artist in orchestral, chamber, solo, traditional and popular music. She holds a
Bachelor of Music with distinction from her native Calgary, where she studied with
Howard Engstrom, and an Master of Music, Pi Kappa Lamba from Northwestern
University where she studied with the late Vincent Cichowicz.
Her musical travels have taken her around the globe with performance highlights
including the Spoleto Festival Italy, Musik Contemporaire Strasbourg France, Tokyo’s
Bunka Kaikan hall, Stratford Festival, Hungary’s Niyrbator Festival, the International
Trumpet Guild Conference, and the International Women’s Brass Conference.
Merrie has appeared as a soloist with a variety of Canadian orchestras and
ensembles. She is currently in her 17th season as principal trumpet with the Thunder
Bay Symphony and has held the same position with the Victoria Symphony (2005/06)
and Orchestra London Canada (1996-99.) She has performed in the trumpet sections
of many of Canada’s top orchestras and spent 14 years on faculty at Lakehead
University in Thunder Bay. Merrie has recently joined the faculty at the University of
Victoria’s School of Music, as professor of trumpet. She is a founding member of Brass
Northwest in Thunder Bay, and currently plays with Pinnacle Brass Quintet.
Ms. Klazek’s solo recording entitled “Songs to the Moon” has been featured on
TVO Studio 2 and on CBC Radio. She appears on numerous other recordings including
four JUNO nominated albums, and is currently working on her second solo recording,
which will highlight the trumpet in settings of various world styles, in collaboration with
renowned folk musicians.

Hear the trumpet:

Career highlight:
Playing in the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games.

Why trumpet?
The trumpet is loud. I didn’t want to sit in front of one.

Why brass?
It’s exciting!


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