June 2014 Winner: Luke Hamilton

Luke Hamilton has been a member of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra (CSYO), directed by William White, for the past two years. He recently was a winner of the CSYO Concerto Competition and performed the Arutiunian Concerto with the orchestra in March 2014. He studies privately with Steven Pride, second trumpet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Luke is principal trumpet in the Lakota West High School Symphonic Winds and trumpet section leader for the Lakota West Marching Firebirds, both under the dir­ection of Greg Snyder. This No­v­ember, he will march with the Firebirds in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Luke is also a two-year member of the College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department Brass Choir, directed by Paul Hillner, and is currently principal trumpet with that group.

Luke served as principal trumpet for the 2013 Ohio All-State Band and has been accepted as a member of the 2014 Ohio All-State Orch­estra. In 2013, he was a finalist in the high school division of the Nat­ional Trumpet Competition, held at George Mason University. During his sophomore year, he per­formed at the prestigious Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic with the Lakota West Symphonic Winds. He has also twice perform­ed in the Lakota West Pit Orchestra, playing for such musicals as The Music Man and All Shook Up.

Luke plans to major in trumpet performance next year. In his free time, he enjoys running, weight­lifting, and listening to music. He also plays electric guitar in his church worship band. He is very thankful for the support of his parents and family and feels very fortunate to have such accomplished mentors. As the June 2014 Young Artist Award recipient, Luke will receive a one-year complimentary membership to ITG. Congratulations, Luke!

March 2014 Winner: Arthur Escriva

Born in 1997 to a family of musicians, Arthur Escriva began playing trumpet at the age of five in the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Départemental du Tarn (CRD) in the class of Xavier Durand. In 2009, he joined the class of Laurent Beltran, with whom he also studied Baroque trumpet. One year later, he began studying with René Gilles Rousselot at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Toulouse (CRR).

In 2011, he won the Premier prix à l’unanimité avec les félicitations du jury (first prize unanimously with honors) in his class at the Parnassus Trumpet Competition (end of second cycle). The following year, he won first prize at the Maurice André Competition in Alès (ages 13–17) and was also a finalist for the seventh European Competition of Young Trumpeters in Alençon.

In 2013, at the age of fifteen, he won first prize in trumpet (Très bien) at the CRD Tarn and was chosen to be part of the French Youth Orchestra under the direction of Dennis Russell Davies, making him one of the youngest musicians to join that ensemble.

 In 2013, he also won first prize (Supérieur) at the eighth trumpet competition at L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, where he was granted a fellowship to study with Pierre Dutot at the Festival du Cap Ferret. He also participated in masterclasses with Anthony Plog, Eric Aubier, Manu Mellaerts, Christian Léger, Jean-François Dion, Thierry Caens, David Guerrier, and Guy Messler.

He plays with a variety of ensembles, including the Brass Band of Toulouse, L’Ensemble Orchestral du Tarn, and Ensemble Instrumental de l’Ariège. In October 2013, he performed the concerto for trumpet and band, entitled Mister Jack, by Jean-Michel Maury with Ensemble Instrumental de l’Ariège.

As the March 2014 Young Artist Award recipient, Arthur will receive a one-year complimentary membership to ITG. Congratulations, Arthur!

January 2014 Winner: Eli Ross

Eli Ross, seventeen, is a senior at Southwest High School in Minneapolis. Born into a family of musicians—his parents are principal and assistant principal cellists in the Minnesota Orchestra—he began studying piano at age five and trumpet at age seven with Minnesota Orchestra trumpeter, Robert Dorer.

Eli began attending Interlochen Arts Center at the age of eight and has returned every summer since, often receiving merit scholarships. At Interlochen, he studies with John Aley and Vincent DiMartino, has performed on numerous honor recitals, and, for the past two summers, has been a member of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra.

In Minneapolis, Eli has been a member of the Minnesota Youth Symphony and the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony, serving as principal trumpet for both groups for the past six years. He will travel to Spain, performing principal trumpet on Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 and Copland's Appalachian Spring with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony in June of 2014. He has enjoyed additional private studies with Minnesota Orchestra principal trumpeter Manny Laureano and has formed a brass quintet with other principals of the Minnesota Youth Symphony.

At Southwest High School, Eli has played in the orchestra, wind ensemble, and big band, studies private voice, and is a member of the award winning Southwest Singers. He also performs regularly as a so­loist at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Upon his graduation from middle school, Eli received the outstanding musician award from Lake Harriet Community School; and that same year, he also won first prize in the Thursday Musical solo competition. Most recently, in June 2013, Eli won both an ITG Conference Scholarship and first prize in the ITG High School Solo Competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Eli has also attended ITG conferences held in Minneapolis in 2011 and New Jersey in 2006 when his late grandfather, trumpet master Leon Rapier, was given an ITG Award of Merit.

Outside of practicing trumpet, Eli has been a member of the basketball, baseball, and swim teams at Southwest High School and served as a volunteer for the Locked Out Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra during the 2012–13 season.

Eli plans on auditioning for music schools and conservatories this year, and he looks forward to teaching his first private student. As the January 2014 Young Artist Award recipient, Eli will receive a one-year complimentary membership to ITG.

June 2013 Winner: Jason Grimes

Jason Grimes is currently a high school senior at University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), where he has been a student of Judith Saxton since his freshman year of high school. Previously, he had studied trumpet with Dennis Renfroe.

Jason received his first trumpet the Christmas right before his fourth birthday and began lessons when he was seven. He was homeschooled until coming to UNCSA. He also studied privately on trombone and saxophone for a year each while continuing to play trumpet. His father, Jac Grimes, is a trombonist who founded the Kings of Swing jazz band. Jason’s early exposure to that group was instrumental in providing the initial spark that kindled his interest in music. He has subbed with them frequently and his strong reading and rhythmic skills are easily attributed to this early jazz influence. Jason has parlayed his early start on the trumpet and comfort with a wide variety of instruments and styles into a leadership role at the School of the Arts, where slots for all ensembles are won by audition against all trumpets in the studio (the age spans from high school to post-graduate).

This school year, Jason currently serves as principal for the UNCSA high school trumpet ensemble, performs with a brass quintet (coached by David Jolley), and also fulfills principal trumpet duties on a wide range of repertoire with the UNCSA Wind Ensemble. As a high school senior, he has also won spots over his college-aged peers to perform in a rotating section for Orchestra and Opera Orchestra. Additionally, Jason performs as a member and a strong contributor to the UNCSA Jazz Ensemble section—a spot he won this past fall. In November of 2012, he auditioned into the North Carolina All-State Honors Orchestra.

While at UNCSA, Jason has performed in various masterclasses and received chamber music coaching with guest artists Susan Slaughter, Susan Rider, Barry Bauguess, Terry Everson, Arturo Sandoval, Charles Schlueter, Marc Reese, Charles Lazarus, Richard Cox, Alan Siebert, Jeffrey Piper, Amanda Pepping, and the US Army (Pershing’s Own) Brass Quintet and Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps Bugle Section.

During his busy time at UNCSA, Jason has maintained a healthy grade point average in an extremely academically competitive high school environment and still found time in his junior year to perform as principal trumpet with the Winston-Salem Youth Symphony. He also was in the North Carolina Western Regional Honors Orchestra, and has been a two time participant in the UNCG Carolina Band Festival, his junior year winning the principal chair in their Honors Symphonic Band (grades 11 and 12).

Jason has remained active in the summer months performing, mentoring, and serving as an intern for the John Coltrane Jazz Workshop Intern’s Ensemble in Highpoint, North Carolina, and performing with the UNC-Greensboro Summer Music Camp in the junior and senior bands and orchestra (2011) every summer since 2005. He attended Purtle Brass Camp in 2011.

As a freshman and sophomore in high school, Jason was a member of the Greensboro Youth Symphony and the Greensboro High Point Home School and Jamestown Brass Ensembles. He was a finalist for the Winston-Salem Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, received superior solo ratings five consecutive years in the North Carolina Solo & Ensemble Competition, and took Taekwondo, almost attaining black belt prior to joining the UNCSA trumpet studio.

In the final months of his senior year at the UNC School of the Arts, Jason competed for a second year as a semi-finalist at the National Trumpet Competition and performed both for and with Allen Vizzutti during Vizzutti’s April Jazz Ensemble guest solo/clinician residency at UNCSA. As the June 2013 Young Artist Award recipient, Jason will receive a one-year complimentary membership in ITG.

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