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Raymond Mase

Mini-Biography


Trumpeter Raymond Mase enjoys a diverse career as soloist, chamber artist, orchestral player, and teacher.  As a member of the American Brass Quintet since 1973, he has performed worldwide, premiered countless new works for brass, and has appeared with the quintet on over twenty-five recordings. 

He has contributed his own editions of 16th, 17th, and 19th century brass music on many of the ABQ recordings and was instrumental in the group's recordings using 19th century instruments.  He is also a founding member of the New York Cornet and Sacbut Ensemble and the Summit Brass.

As soloist, he has appeared with the American Composers Orchestra, Boston Pops, Moscow Soloists, Naumberg Orchestra, New York Virtuosi, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Summit Brass, and the Bethlehem Bach and Aspen Music Festivals, and with numerous regional orchestras throughout the U.S.  He appeared with the American Composers Orchestra in March of 1994 at Carnegie hall for the premiere of David Sampson's Triptych (written for Mase) which received stunning critical praise.  Henri Lazarof's Summit Concertante, also written for Mase, was premiered with the Summit Brass in 1996 and recorded in June of 1997.  He is featured as soloists on recordings by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Summit Brass, the contemporary music group Parnassus, and on two solo compact discs entitled Trumpet in our Time and Trumpet Vocalise.   As recitalist, he has been heard nationally with the popular trumpet and organ duo Toccatas & Flourishes.

Mr. Mase serves as co-principal trumpeter of the New York City Ballet Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Westchester Philharmonic, and has performed and recorded with many New York based ensembles including the New York Philharmonic, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Speculum Musicae, Orpheus and Music Sacra.  He is the Chairman of the Brass Department at The Juilliard School and also serves on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival.  He can be heard on over 100 recordings and as soloist on the Deutsche Grammophon, Summit, Koch, Cambria and MHS labels.