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Mary Elizabeth Bowden - Classical Trumpeter

What critics are saying about RADIANCE

"Splendidly played... Bowden does her best work on James Stephenson's erratically stylish track "Croatian Trio."  Laurence Vittes - Gramophone Magazine - July 2015

“There’s something about Mary Elizabeth Bowden and her ability on the trumpet – a fluid sense of light and dark, of grace and power.” - Harry Kollatz Jr. - Richmond Magazine - February 2015

"A splendid debut recording of classical works by trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden, especially when her playing is so expressive on the eight compositions. On technical grounds, she's an exquisite player whose polished tone is heard in ample supply on the seventy-four-minute release." - Textura Magazine - May 2015

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Classical trumpeter and Yamaha Performing Artist, MARY ELIZABETH BOWDEN released her debut album, RADIANCE, on Summit Records on April 14, 2015.

Bowden has emerged as a brilliant, young soloist, well known and highly regarded for her artistry and virtuosity, as well as the clarity, purity and power of her sound. RADIANCE features Bowden’s interpretations of compositions written by some of the most innovative modern American composers. Ranging from Barber to Ludwig and Hallman to Stephenson, the album is filled with exciting new works, many of which have never been recorded until now. 

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A promotional music video directed by Pablo Camacho is available here: Bowden performs a selection from the upcoming RADIANCE entitled “Totem Voices for Trumpet and Piano, II. Beluga” by composer Catherine McMichael.

Bowden’s recent tour highlights include the premiere of Joseph Hallman’s Sonata for Trumpet and Piano at the Velika Gorica Brass Festival in Croatia on May 14th. For a full 2015 tour schedule and information visit:

A Yamaha Performing Artist, Bowden is an award-winning trumpet soloist who performs internationally with orchestras and chamber groups. She was just named Principal Trumpet for the Sarasota Opera 2016 winter season. She is a regular guest artist at the Marlboro Music Festival and is a founding member of Seraph Brass and the Chrysalis Chamber Players. She has performed as Principal Trumpet with the Artosphere Festival Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Daejeong Philharmonic, and Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, among others.

The artist continues to be repped in North America by Thomas F. Parker at Parker Artists.

More about Mary Elizabeth Bowden:

Bowden's debut album "Radiance" is a Global Music Awards Gold Medal Winner. Shesi the First Prize winner of the 2012 International Women’s Brass Conference Trumpet Competition. She has performed as a soloist with the Naples Symphony, Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra, San Juan Symphony, Springfield (OH) Symphony Orchestra and New Haven Chamber Orchestra, among several others. At The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, she performed Vivaldi’s Concerto for 2 Trumpets with trumpeters Jens Lindemann and Ryan Anthony. She was also awarded the Public Prize from the 2009 Perrenoud Foundation International Music Competition. Bowden frequently performs in recital both in solo programs and in a duo with her husband, trumpeter David Dash.

Bowden is a founding member of Chrysalis Chamber Players and Seraph Brass. A recipient of a Yale Alumni Grant, she has collaborated in chamber music programs at the Marlboro Music Festival, The Banff Centre and at the Sydney Opera House under the baton of Håkan Hardenberger. She has served on the adjunct faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University and at The Curtis Institute of Music’s Young Artist Summer Program.

An experienced orchestral musician, Bowden has served as Principal Trumpet of New Zealand’s Auckland Philharmonia, the Artosphere Festival Orchestra in Arkansas, the Daejeon Philharmonic in Korea, and with Seraphic Fire’s Firebird Chamber Orchestra. At the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, she held the principal chair in Pierre Boulez’s performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 6, released on CD in 2011. The Luzerner Zeitung described her playing in one word - “outstanding.” Bowden is also Principal Trumpet for the Sarasota Opera's 2016 winter season and a member of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra.

Bowden began full-time college studies at the age of 14, receiving an Associate degree from the Joliet Junior College. Subsequently, she earned her Bachelor of Music degree from The Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with the principal trumpeter of the Philadelphia Orchestra, David Bilger. On a full scholarship to the Yale School of Music for studies with Allan Dean, Bowden was awarded her Master of Music degree in 2006.

About Summit Records: Summit Records is distributed exclusively in North America by the Allegro Media Group. Summit Records’ catalogue can also be found on online at, and at all notable download sites including iTunes.


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"Mary Elizabeth Bowden: The Making of Radiance"


Bowden performing a selection from the upcoming RADIANCE entitled “Totem Voices for Trumpet and Piano, II. Beluga” by composer Catherine McMichael. Promotional music video directed by Pablo Camacho.


Bowden performing Der Hölle Rache, Queen of the Night Aria from the Magic Flute, Mozart, accompanied by Naomi Woo on piano.


Bowden performing a selection from the upcoming RADIANCE - Samuel Barber's "Op. 10, Three Songs, Rain Has Fallen: Mary Elizabeth Bowden, trumpet - Alexandra Carlson, piano.




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