Oregon Symphony Musician Bio
Jeffrey Work joined the Oregon Symphony as Principal Trumpet in the fall of 2006, following 13 years as an active freelance musician in the Boston area. Since 1999, he has also served as Principal Trumpet of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, during its six week long summer seasons. As an orchestral musician Work can be heard on several recordings, most notably as a featured performer on the Oregon Symphony’s acclaimed 2011 release “Music for a Time of War.” Other performances include Stravinsky’s Petrouchka and Mahler’s Sixth Symphony with the Boston Philharmonic, as well as performances with the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.
In addition to his orchestral duties in Portland and Boulder, Jeffrey Work performs concerto and chamber repertoire as his busy schedule will allow. His reputation has grown steadily, the press frequently praising him for playing with an artistry not often associated with his chosen instrument. Discovered by Mstislav Rostropovich in January, 1992, Work appeared as soloist on a series of four National Symphony Orchestra subscription concerts later that year. Rostropovich subsequently invited him to perform at the 1993 Rencontres Musicales d’Evian in Evian, France. There, Work made both concerto and chamber music appearances and returned in the same capacity in 1997. He was also offered his November, 1994 Paris debut by the Director of Music of Radio France. He has given solo performances with the Oregon Symphony, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, the Boston Chamber Music Society, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and The United States Army Band, as well as regional, community, and festival orchestras throughout the country. In 1997, during his third solo engagement with the Missouri Chamber Orchestra, Work recorded the Haydn Trumpet Concerto. In 1998, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston featured him in the world premiere of Eric Ewazen’s “Concerto for Trumpet and String Orchestra” and in 2003 that orchestra joined Work in premiering the “Concerto for Trumpet” by James M. Stephenson.