Chris Gekker is Professor of Trumpet at the University of Maryland School of Music. He has appeared as soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe, and can be heard as soloist on more than thirty recordings, and on more than one hundred chamber music, orchestral, jazz, and commercial recordings. Deutsche Grammophon selected him to be included on their 2005 CD compilation "Masters of the Trumpet." He moved to Maryland in 1998, from New York City, where he was a member of the American Brass Quintet for eighteen years, principal trumpet of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and on the faculties of the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, and Columbia University. He has been a guest principal trumpet with the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, and the Santa Fe Opera. He is featured on Sting's 2009 DVD "On a Winter's Night," filmed live in Durham Cathedral, England. His most recent solo recording is Corollary III by Brian Fennelly, for trumpet and piano, of which the American Record Guide writes "It is always a pleasure to hear Chris Gekker's round, warm tone quality, virtuoso skills, and always thoughtful way of playing."
Chris was born in Washington DC, grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, and is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the University of Maryland. His teachers include Emerson Head, Sidney Mear, Adel Sanchez, and Gerard Schwarz.