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Mary Elizabeth Bowden

Winston-Salem, NC         

Classical Trumpeter and Gold Medal Global Music Award Winner Mary Elizabeth Bowden has been described by Gramophone Magazine as “brilliant” and “radiant in new repertoire for trumpet.” Bowden, a Yamaha Performing Artist, released her debut album, Radiance, on Summit Records featuring new American works.

Bowden’s 2018-19 performance highlights include solo performances at the Maspalomas International Trumpet Festival in Gran Canaria and at Lieksa Brass Week in Finland. She will make her China debut  with the Hunan Symphony Orchestra. She will make her Vancouver and New York City recital debuts, and will release her second solo album, Rêverie, through Summit Records with the Kassia Ensemble.

Bowden is commissioning a new trumpet concerto by Vivian Fung to be premiered with the Erie Philharmonic in March 2020. This will be the first concerto by a North American female composer for a female trumpet soloist. She is also the newly appointed Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Shenandoah Conservatory beginning in Fall 2019.

Bowden is the First Prize winner of the International Women’s Brass Conference Trumpet Competition. She has performed as a soloist with Montana’s Big Sky Festival, Evansville Philharmonic, Peninsula Symphony (California), Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra, Croatian Army Wind Band at the Velika Gorica Brass Festival, Festival Amadeus Strings (Montana), Springfield Symphony (Missouri), San Juan Symphony, Springfield (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra, among several others. She has performed with trumpet soloist Jouko Harjanne at the Lieksa Brass Week in Finland. At The Banff Center in Alberta, Canada, she performed Vivaldi’s Concerto for 2 Trumpets with trumpeters Jens Lindemann and Ryan Anthony.  Bowden frequently performs in recital both in solo programs and as the Dash Duo with her husband, trumpeter David Dash. Bowden and Dash teach at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Dash as the Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Bowden as a Resident Artist.

Bowden is a founding member of both Seraph Brass and the Chrysalis Chamber Players, a recipient of a Yale Alumni Grant. Seraph will be a guest ensemble at the 2019 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Miami and was the featured ensemble at the International Women’s Brass Conference in 2017 and at the Lieksa Brass Week in Finland in 2017 and 18. They released their debut album, Asteria, through Summit Records in 2018, which has been awarded a Silver Medal Global Music Award. Bowden has collaborated in chamber music programs at the Marlboro Music Festival, Lakes Area Music Festival, The Banff Centre, and at the Sydney Opera House under the baton of Håkan Hardenberger. She has served on the adjunct faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University and at The Curtis Institute of Music’s Young Artist Summer Program.

Bowden is currently Principal Trumpet of the Artosphere Festival Orchestra and a member of the Iris Orchestra. She has served as Principal Trumpet of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, Lakes Area Music Festival Orchestra, New Zealand’s Auckland Philharmonia, the Daejeon Philharmonic in Korea, and with Seraphic Fire’s Firebird Chamber Orchestra. At the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, she held the principal chair in Pierre Boulez’s performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 6, which was released on CD in 2011. Bowden is also a member of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed many dates on Adele’s 2016 North American tour.

Bowden is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music and Yale School of Music. 

James Stephenson’s Spitfire with the Kassia Ensemble

James Stephenson’s Spitfire with the Kassia Ensemble
Summit Records, Reverie, Mary Elizabeth Bowden

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Mary Elizabeth Bowden performs Enesco’s Legende with the Peninsula Symphony

Mary Elizabeth Bowden performs Enesco’s Legende with the Peninsula Symphony
Mitchell Klein, conductor

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Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with the Chrysalis Chamber Players

Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with the Chrysalis Chamber Players

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