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John Holt, trumpet, has appeared as a soloist with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe. Holt began studying trumpet at the age of 12 with Richard Giangiulio, principal trumpet of the Dallas Symphony. He continued his studies at the University of Miami with Gilbert D. Johnson, former principal trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra. At age 24, Holt became the principal trumpet of the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Italy, Zubin Mehta, music director. In 2003, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Trumpet of the College of Music at the University of North Texas. Holt is principal trumpet of the Dallas Opera Orchestra and is a Yamaha Performing Artist. He performs on the Yamaha "Chicago" C trumpet and is a consultant for TrumCor mutes. Holt's CDs on Crystal have received unanimous critical acclaim, with Gramophone Magazine saying "Holt plays with perfect technique and intonation, altering his sound to suit..challenging works." In May 2006 Holt reunited with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra to record trumpet concertos by French composers.
<![if !vml]><![endif]>CD762: FACETS - JOHN HOLT, Trumpet. Music for solo and multiple trumpets.
with Natalia Bolshakova,
piano; Rick Bogard, Keith Johnson, Adam Gordon, Bert
Truax and Jimmy Tullos, trumpets; and Ricky Duhaime,
conductor. UPC 009414776228 BUY NOW
Wintle: Ballade and Three Studies for Trumpet Ensemble; Mozart, Kyrie for Five Sopranos K.89 arr. for five trumpets by Paul Riedo; Luening: Introduction and Allegro; Clarke: From the Shores of the Mighty Pacific and The Southern Cross; lo Presti: Suite for Five Trumpets; Peeters: Sonata for Trumpet & Piano; Ellington: I’m Beginning To See The Light and Sophisticated Lady; Tull: Canonical Trilogy for four trumpets.
"Every item on John Holt's new recording lives up to the title 'Facets'. The programme is diverse, ranging from Herbert Clarke trumpet bonbons and smashing arrangements of Duke Ellington tunes to more adventurous contemporary fare...Ronald Lo Presti's Suite for Five Trumpets is a celebration of fanfares and interweaving lines, while Fisher Tull's Canonical Trilogy for four trumpets manages to pack an enormous amount of interesting sounds into three movements. Another winner is James Wintle's Three Studies for trumpet ensemble, whose audacious energy tests the virtuosity of its exultants (but they triumph)... Holt is an elegant, sensitive artist." Gramophone, Awards issue 2004
"Holt is a fine, expressive player with a pleasant tone quality, clean articulation, and excellent technical skills...All [the works] are played with beautiful tone and blend by Holt and his Texas trumpet friends Rick Bogard, Keith Johnson, Adam Gordon, Bert Truax, and Jimmy Tullos." American Record Guide, Nov/Dec 2004
"If you like trumpets, this is a civilized humdinger." Fanfare, Nov/Dec 2004 UPC 00941477628
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Wintle: Ballade Mozart: Kyrie for Five Sopranos Luening: Introduction & Allegro Clarke: From the Shores of the Mighty Pacific lo Presti: Suite Mvt 1 (Intrada) Mvt 2 (Chorale) Mvt 3 (Finale) Peeters: Sonata Mvt 1 (Allegro) Mvt 2 (Aria) Mvt 3 (Finale) Ellington: I'm Beginning to See the Light Sophisticated Lady Clarke: The Southern Cross Tull: Canonical Trilogy for four trumpets Mvt 1 (Allegro) Mvt 2 (Lento) Mvt 3 (Allegretto) Wintle: Three Studies for Trumpet Ensemble Mvt 1 (Allegro Moderato) Mvt 2 (Unhurried) Mvt 3 (Allegro Vivace)
CD763: UNconventional Trumpet. John Holt, Trumpet. Natalia Bolshakova, piano. Music by University of North Texas composers. Merrill Ellis, Einyah Festival. Rule Beasley, Fanfare and Scherzo. Cindy McTee, Fanfare for Trumpets. Martin Mailman, Concertino, Op. 31. Fisher Tull, Eight Profiles for Solo Trumpet; Three Bagatelles. Larry Austin, Charley's <![if !vml]><![endif]>Cornet. William P. Latham, Suite for Trumpet. With Keith Johnson, trumpet; Mark Ford, percussion; Mark Ford, percussion, assisted by Jason Baker, percussion. UPC 009414776327 BUY NOW
Trumpet was inspired by a great teacher, John James Haynie, who taught
trumpet at the University of North Texas from 1950 to 1990. Most of the pieces on this CD were dedicated to
Haynie. John Holt was appointed appointed
Professor of Trumpet at UNT in 2003.
"John Holt plays with a pleasingly warm tone and seemingly effortless technique." Fanfare, May/June 2005
"Sweet, burnished tone and excellent intonation." American Record Guide, May/June 2005
"Unconventional Trumpet is an excellent recording of difficult trumpet literature by University of North Texas composers and this is the first-known recording of some of these works. The high quality of this recording, the precision of the ensembles, and John Holt's excellent performances, especially all eight of Tull's Profiles, should be of particular interest to college teachers and students." The Instrumentalist, December 2005
"Holt's performance is very precise with impeccable rhythm and an agility that impresses." International Trumpet Guild Journal, Jan. 2006
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Ellis: Einyah Festival Beasley: Fanfare and Scherzo McTee: Fanfare for Trumpets Mailman: Concertino Mvmt 1 Mvmt 2 Mvmt 3 Tull: Profiles I II III IV V VI VII VIII Austin: Charley's Cornet Latham: Suite for Trumpet Mvmt 1 Mvmt 2 Mvmt 3 Tull: Three Bagatelles I II III
CD764: Facets 2: John Holt, Trumpet. With Natalia Bolshakova,
Piano; Paul Fried, Flute. Eric Ewazen: Sonata;
Joseph Turrin: Two Portraits; James <![if !vml]><![endif]>Wintle: Northwest Miniatures; Merrill Ellis: Trumpet Piece; Fisher Tull: Vignette; Francine Trester:
Patricia's Aria; George Gershwin: Someone to Watch Over Me; Kent Kennan:
Sonata. UPC 009414776426 BUY NOW
of the standards of the trumpet repertoire, Kent Kennan's Sonata, is here in
all its accomplished glory...Holt plays [throughout the CD] with perfect
technique and intonation, altering his sound deftly to suit the multitude of
colors packed into these challenging works." Gramophone, May 2005
"Facets 2 is a first-rate recording." The Instrumentalist, October 2005
"The performances are excellent and the sound quality, in the Texas Mesquite Arts Centre, is thoroughly sympathetic." Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb, Feb. 2007
"John Holt has bestowed upon the trumpet community another excellent recording of some great recital repertoire...His rich, velvety tone is especially remarkable on Turrin's exciting Two Portraits, as well as the stirring Someone to Watch Over Me. His performance of the Ewazen Sonata highlights his great control over a variety of tonal colors...Overall, this disc offers the listener very high quality performances of some wonderful recital repertoire, both standard and less traditional. I recommend this CD highly." Peter Wood, ITG Journal, October 2005
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Ewazen: Sonata Mvmt 1 Mvmt 2 Mvmt 3 Turrin: Two Portraits Psalm Incantation Wintle: Northwest Miniatures Mvmt 1 Mvmt 2 Mvmt 3 Mvmt 4 Ellis: Trumpet Piece Tull: Vignette Trester: Patricia's Aria Gershwin: Someone to Watch Over Me Kennan: Sonata Mvmt 1 Mvmt 2 Mvmt 3
CD765: Trumpet Concertos. John Holt, Trumpet; Slovak Radio
Orchestra, Kirk Trevor, Conductor. ALEXANDRA PAKHMUTOVA, Concerto for Trumpet
in Bb; ERIC <![if !vml]><![endif]>EWAZEN,
Concerto for Trumpet and Strings; ANTHONY PLOG, Concerto No. 2 for Trumpet and Orchestra.
Pakhmutova's works are imbued with the spirit of Russian life, folk tunes, and impressions of the country. Ewazen, faculty member at The Juilliard School, has written many works for brass and is the recipient of numerous composition awards and prizes. Plog, frequently recorded trumpet player and composer, is a music professor in Freiburg, Germany. UPC 009414776525 BUY NOW
"The aim of this disc is to showcase the brilliant trumpet playing of John Holt, professor of trumpet at the University of North Texas and lead trumpet with the Dallas [Opera Orchestra]. The disc achieves that aim with the same bullseye effect Holt exhibits when hitting a high note or executing a run." Fanfare Magazine, Nov/Dec 2006
"Anthony Plog ... began writing rhythm-driven ... works in the early 1990s. This is by far his best piece. It is long (28 minutes), challenging, intricate, fascinating, and melodically beautiful." American Record Guide, Nov/Dec 2006
"The music on this CD is entirely approachable and highly entertaining. [Holt] has a nicely rounded but colorful tone, capable of chiming over an entire orchestra, but with a wide range both dynamically and expressively." Music Web
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Pakhmutova: Concerto for Trumpet in Bb Ewazen: Concerto for Trumpet and Strings: Allegro moderato Scherzo Elegia Allegro agitato Plog: Concerto No. 2: Allegro moderato Adagio, with freedom Lento; Allegro moderato
CD767: French Trumpet Concertos. John Holt, Trumpet. With the Slovak Radio Orchestra, Kirk Trevor,
Conductor. Henri Tomasi: Concerto pour <![if !vml]><![endif]>Trompette et Orchestre;
Robert Planel: Concerto pour Trompette
et Orchestre cordes; Andr Jolivet: IIe
Concerto pour Trompette; Alfred Desenclos:
Incantation, Thrne et Danse. His first four CDs on
Crystal received unanimous acclaim, with Gramophone Magazine describing him as "an elegant, sensitive
artist." The four concertos herein are a feast for
the sensibilities: lyrical or dramatically expressive; rhythmically or
harmonically nodding to the popularity of jazz; reflective of modern chamber music
and symphonic music first heard in Paris in the 1920s; or expressing new
ideologies. UPC 009414776723 BUY NOW
"Another winner for Crystal Records...all four [works] are entertaining and worth hearing. Indeed, I've been playing this recording compulsively since acquiring it a little more than a week ago...His playing leaves behind the mechanical issues of the trumpet and achieves the distinction of vocalism. It is as if he is singing through the trumpet, producing a big, warm sound when that is wanted, a subtle thinner sound when that is called for, all with the inflections of a master singer. There is a sense of relaxed confidence even in the most virtuosic passages, but also a sense of excitement and joy in the pure pleasure of playing these enchanting works." Leonard Link, on the web, April 2007
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Tomasi Concerto: Mvt. 1 Mvt. 2 Mvt 3 Planel Concerto: Mvt.1 Mvt. 2 Mvt. 3 Jolivet Concerto: Mvt.1 Mvt.2 Mvt.3 Desenclos: Incantation Thrne Danse
<![if !vml]><![endif]>CD768: Facets 3: John Holt, Trumpet. With Sophia Grech,
Mezzo Soprano; and Nataliya Sukhina, Piano. James Wintle:
Distant Voices from Trumpet and String Quartet (Igor Borodin and Julia Bushkova, Violins; Katrin Meidell,
Viola; Johannes Kleinmann, Cello); Barbara Harbach: Perambulations for Trumpet and Piano; Barbara Harbach: Emily! (on texts by Emily
Dickinson); Francine Trester: Four Thoreau Songs (on
texts by Henry David Thoreau) for mezzo soprano, trumpet or flugelhorn, and
piano; Francine Trester: Sonata for Trumpet and
Piano; Joseph Klein: Die Knigsknderin (for
unaccompanied trumpet); Ulysses Kay: Tromba for trumpet and piano. UPC
009414776822 BUY NOW
John Holt is principal trumpet with the Dallas Opera Orchestra and trumpet professor at the University of North Texas. This is his sixth solo CD on Crystal. His first five CDs received unanimous acclaim, with Gramophone Magazine describing him as "an elegant, sensitive artist." This CD features works written for him, plus Tromba by the well-known composer Ulysses Kay.
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Wintle: Distant Voices Mvt 1. Allegro Mvt 2. Adagio Espressivo Mvt 3. Allegro Vivo Mvt 4. Largo; Presto Harbach: Perambulations for Trumpet and Piano Harbach: Emily! Mvt 1.I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed Mvt 2.If You Were Coming in the Fall Mvt 3.Wild Nights! Wild Nights! and For Each Ecstatic Instant Trester: Four Thoreau Songs Mvt 1. The Moon Mvt 2. Indeed, Indeed Mvt 3. Smoke Mvt 4. I Am the Autumnal Sun Trester: Sonata for Trumpet and Piano Mvt 1. Moderato Mvt 2. Poco Adagio Mvt 3. Allegro Klein: Die Knigsknderin (The King-Proclaimer) Kay: Tromba Mvt 1. Prologue Mvt 2. Nocturne Mvt 3. Mobile
<![if !vml]><![endif]>CD769: Trumpet Panoply, John Holt, Trumpet. Concertos for Trumpet and Orchestra by Arutiunian, Hummel, Tartini. Also Richard Peaslee: Nightsongs UPC 009414776921 BUY NOW
John Holt: Trumpets and
Flugelhorn; with UNT Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, Anshel
Brusilow & Clay Couturiaux,
conductors; and Slovak Radio Orchestra, Kirk Trevor, conductor.
John Holt is principal trumpet with the Dallas Opera Orchestra and trumpet professor at the University of North Texas. His first six CDs received unanimous critical acclaim, with Gramophone Magazine describing him as “an elegant, sensitive artist with perfect technique and intonation.”> The three concertos herein are standards for the trumpet and the Peaslee is a wonderful 20th-century work featuring flugelhorn.
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Arutiunian Concerto Hummel Concerto in E flat Major Allegro con spirito Andante Rondo Tartini Concerto Grandioso Andante Allegro Grazioso Peaslee Nightsongs (to return to this page after listening to samples, please use your browser back button)
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