Sycil Mathai to California State University, Fullerton
Sycil Mathai has been appointed Assistant Professor of Trumpet at California State University, Fullerton.
Mathai enjoys a career that encompasses all genres. The New York Times called him a "terrific trumpeter." From classical to experimental genres, his work spans ensembles like The Knights Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Broadway shows like South Pacific and Mary Poppins, American Composers Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Extension Ensemble, Ne(x)tworks, artists Carter Burwell, Butch Morris, the dance companies of Merce Cunningham, Mark Morris Dance Group, Nai-Ni Chen, and movie directors Andy Kaufman, and The Coen. Mathai has recorded for RCA, PBS, CBS, EA Sports, Warner Classics, and Sirius Satellite Radio. He has shared the stage with artists ranging from Yo-Yo Ma to Stevie Wonder. Recently, Mathai saw the release of a recording he made with The Knights orchestra featuring Yo-Yo Ma, and a recording of violin concertos featuring Gil Shaham.
Mathai formerly taught at the State University of New York at Fredonia. His brass teaching philosophies include his close work with the sports psychologist Dr. Don Greene, and work with trumpet teachers who personally studied with James Stamp. He is delighted to be joining the faculty and students of CSU Fullerton’s School of Music where James Stamp was once a trumpet professor.
Mathai is a graduate of Juilliard (AD) as a student of Mark Gould, Texas Christian University (B.M.) as a student of Steve Weger, and received his M.M from SUNY Fredonia. He currently resides in Orange County where he enjoys cooking, playing and studying chess, and living minutes from the beach.
(Source: Sycil Mathai)