Martin Hodel, Trumpet

Martin Hodel, Professor of Music at St. Olaf College, is principal trumpet of the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico, and made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in February 2016, performing the Linkola Concerto No. 2 with the St. Olaf Band. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the US and around the world. An active orchestral player, he played full time in the trumpet section of the Minnesota Orchestra for the 2005-06 season and is heard on three commercial recordings with that group. Hodel plays extra with the Minnesota Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, including appearances as principal trumpet. As Principal Trumpet with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Hodel toured the U.S. and Japan, and he has toured coast to coast with the Dallas Brass, and China with Rodney Marsalis. He has worked as a soloist with conductor Helmuth Rilling and has shared the stage as a soloist with jazz artists Joe Henderson, Maria Schneider, Slide Hampton, Claudio Roditi, David Murray, and Jimmy Heath. Hodel’s first solo CD—with organist Bradley Lehman—is titled In Thee is Gladness. A forthcoming solo recording with St. Olaf faculty, First Light, will be released soon. Hodel appears as a soloist on nine other compact discs, including a forthcoming recording by Marissa Benedict, has soloed live with the St. Olaf Choir on the nationally-broadcast radio program, A Prairie Home Companion, and has played live on Minnesota Public Radio, on public television, and on national broadcasts of the radio programs Sing for Joy and PipeDreams. Hodel holds a doctorate in trumpet performance and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. His teachers include Charlie Geyer, Ray Mase, James Ketch and Craig Heitger.


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