Steven Franklin is a trumpet player and composer based in the Philadelphia area. He is in his fourth year at the Curtis Institute of Music and is a student of David Bilger, principal trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Steven has won first prize at numerous competitions, including the National Trumpet Competition and the International Trumpet Guild. He performs regularly with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and played principal trumpet on their 2015 tour to Carnegie Hall. Of his playing in the Curtis Orchestra, the Philadelphia Inquirer says, “You couldn’t hope to hear a more correct and pristine trumpet solo than the one turned in by Steven Franklin”.
Outside Curtis, Steven has multiple professional engagements. He frequently performs with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and is a member of the Philadelphia based brass sextet, The Brass Project. The Brass Project, hailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “six superb brass musicians”, has commissioned over 30 new works for their ensemble and is in the process of recording these pieces for their first album, Cityscaping. They were also featured as an ensemble in residence in the 33rd season of Music From Angel Fire in New Mexico.
In addition to his career as a trumpet player, Steven also is an active composer. His compositions have been performed all over the world and has received commissions from members of the New York Philharmonic, the Eastman School of Music, and has written many works for colleagues at the Curtis Institute of Music. His Trumpet Sextet #2 was performed by the Curtis Trumpet Ensemble as they took first prize at the National Trumpet Competition in 2015. He has also written for The Brass Project and will have his work featured on their upcoming album. As noted by the Philadelphia Inquirer, his post-romantic style “looks back longingly to the tonal sensibilities of Richard Strauss”. Although strongly influenced by the work of Strauss, Schumann, and Brahms, Steven seeks to continue creating warmth and lyricism in his writing while continuing to explore greater harmonic possibilities.