Conservatory of Music

From Bach to Broadway

John Brndiar

Lecturer in Trumpet
Director of BW Brass Choir

M.M., Cleveland Institute of Music
B.M.E., Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music

John Brndiar is Principal Trumpet of the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, a Grammy Award-winning ensemble.  He has appeared as soloist and is featured on many of their recordings, including the Shostakovich Concerto for piano, trumpet and strings. John has performed, recorded and toured with The Cleveland Orchestra for 34 seasons as an extra and substitute trumpeter, and is a member of the Paragon Brass Quintet, the Kent Brass Quintet, the Blossom Festival Orchestra and Band, and the Festival Mozaic Orchestra in California.

As a free-lance musician, John has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, the Cleveland Symphonic Winds, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Opera and Ballet Orchestras, Red {an orchestra}, the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra, the Erie Philharmonic, and the Akron, Canton and Ashland Symphonies.  With the Paragon Brass Quintet he has performed at the International Trumpet Guild Conference and toured to Europe and China presenting concerts and master classes, and he was a founding member of the Metropolitan Brass Quintet.  John has appeared as soloist in the Concerto for Trumpet by Haydn with the Wooster Symphony; other solo performances have included recitals at Baldwin Wallace, concerts with the Freedom Brass Band, the Strongsville Band, the Civic Concert Band of Lorain, the Euclid Orchestra, the Parma Symphony, and as soloist and conductor of the Lakewood Hometown Band.
John has recorded several solo CDs for the Ludwig Master Series for young students, has been a featured soloist in the orchestra and band recordings produced by Ludwig, and has performed for school children in Japan.  He has played in Broadway touring company productions, and has recorded numerous radio and TV commercials and pop music hits.  In the jazz field, he has performed with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, the Jazz Unit, and the Hot Jazz Seven.  An article that he wrote on trumpet playing appears in the No. 52 issue of Windplayer magazine.
A graduate of the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music, John was a trumpet student of Bernard Adelstein, Charles Schlueter, James Darling, and Mary Squire.  He studied conducting with Loris Chobanian and Dwight Oltman and has taught conducting classes and directed rehearsals of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble at BW.  John has taught trumpet at CIM, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, the University of Akron, The College of Wooster, Ashland University, and has presented master classes at the Oberlin Conservatory.



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