Douglas Myers, trumpet and horn, started his career as solo trumpet in orchestras in the United States, Europe, and Asia. At age 18, he became the youngest member of the Kansas City Philharmonic and then, at 19, of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He went on to play in the New Jersey Symphony, the Bergen (Norway) and the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the best orchestra in Asia. As an orchestral principal trumpet, Douglas has performed concerts around the world in almost all the major capitals and with virtually every major conductor, for Kings, Queens, Princes, Princesses and Heads of State. Much sought after by the world’s leading conductors, he was offered solo positions in major orchestras, including the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig (Kurt Masur), the Helsinki Philharmonic, and the Maggio Musicale Florence (Zubin Mehta). Sir David Willcocks called Mr. Myers “an outstanding player displaying intelligent musicianship in performance.” (The B Minor Mass and Belshazzar’s Feast with Prince Charles and Lady Diana in attendance.)
As a soloist, he has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Concerto Soloists (Philadelphia), the New York Chamber Soloists, the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, the Bergen Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Classical Orchestra. Many new compositions have been written for him including “Assembly and Fall” by Ned Rorem. At the Carnegie Hall world premier, Andrew Porter of The New Yorker called his playing “brilliant.”
Mr. Myers is also a specialist in the high trumpet and horn parts of the Baroque. He has performed and recorded with the Bach Aria Group, Emmanuel Bach Orchestra (Boston), Berkshire Bach Festival, the Bethlehem Bach Festival, the Holy Trinity Bach Orchestra (NYC), Musica Sacra (New York), the Philharmonia Virtuosi, the Winter Park Bach Festival, the San Luis Obispo Bach Festival and many others. Mr. Myers is the leader in performing the modern day world premiers of the extremely difficult Baroque Horn concerti. He continues his research into Baroque music and is the Artistic Director/Founder of The New Baroque Soloists. Director Sam Baron of the Bach Aria Group called Mr. Myers “an excellent musician and instrumentalist-an unusual blend of a player at the top level and an imaginative and thoughtful scholar.”
He has performed chamber music with Elmar Oliveira, Elaine Douvas, Samuel Baron, and Ronnie Roseman. He has played first trumpet in the Milwaukee Symphony Brass Quintet, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Brass Quintet and the Munich Brass. Mr. Myers has performed at the Gewandhaus Orchestra Summer Festival (Steltzen), the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Canary Islands Music Festival and the Bergen May Festival.
Mr. Myers studied trumpet with Adolph Herseth, (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and William Vacchiano, (New York Philharmonic) and horn with Barry Tuckwell, Hermann Baumann and Lowell Greer. The New York Times said of a Carnegie Hall solo performance that he “Played with sheer musicianship….beautiful sound.”