Mary Elizabeth Bowden
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A native of Illinois, trumpeter MARY ELIZABETH BOWDEN has emerged as a dazzling, young soloist, well known and highly regarded for her artistry and virtuosity, as well as the clarity, purity and power of her sound. She is also the First Prize winner of the 2012 International Women’s Brass Conference Trumpet Competition.

Mary Elizabeth Bowden’s current season includes her debut the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Alfred Savia. She is currently the principal trumpeter of the Artosphere Orchestra, and tours throughout the country with Seraph Brass, of which she is co-founder.

Mary Elizabeth. Bowden made her solo debut with Wisconsin’s Birch Creek Symphony Orchestra. Since then, she has performed as soloist with the Laredo, Naples and Richmond philharmonic orchestras, Richmond Youth Symphony Orchestra, Pennsylvania’s Lower Merion Symphony Orchestra, San Juan Symphony, Peninsula and Springfield (MO and OH) symphony orchestras and New Haven Chamber Orchestra, among several others. She has also joined the renowned Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston for performances of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #2. At The Banff Center in Alberta, Canada, she twice performed Vivaldi’s Concerto for 2 Trumpets with renowned trumpeters Jens Lindemann and Ryan Anthony. She was also awarded the Public Prize from the 2009 Perrenoud Foundation International Music Competition. Ms. Bowden frequently performs in recital throughout the country, both in solo programs and in duo-performances with her husband, trumpeter David Dash. Beginning with the 2017-18 academic year, Ms. Bowden and Mr. Dash join the faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts; he as Assistant Professor of Trumpet and she as Resident Artist.

Mary Elizabeth Bowden is currently a member of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and the former Principal Trumpet of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra. She is co-founder of Florida’s Chrysalis Chamber Players, a recipient of a Yale Alumni Grant, and has collaborated in chamber music programs at the Marlboro Music Festival, The Banff Centre and, under the baton of trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger, at the Sydney Opera House.

An experienced orchestral musician, Mary Elizabeth Bowden has served as Principal Trumpet of New Zealand’s Auckland Philharmonia and the Artosphere Festival Orchestra in Arkansas; in 2006 she was acting Principal Trumpet of the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea. At the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, she also held the principal chair in Pierre Boulez’s performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 6, released on CD in June, 2011. The Luzerner Zeitung described her playing in one word - “outstanding.” She has also performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, New World Symphony, Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Santa Fe Opera, as well as at Colorado’s Breckenridge Music Festival and Montana’s Big Sky Musical Festival and Festival Amadeus. Ms. Bowden has worked with many of our time’s most distinguished maestri, among them: Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Simon Rattle, David Robertson, Gerard Schwarz, Robert Spano, Yuri Temirkanov, Michael Tilson Thomas and David Zinman.

Mary Elizabeth Bowden’s highly acclaimed 2015 debut CD - “Radiance,” a collection of virtuosic American scores, was honored with the Gold Medal from the May, 2015 Global Music Awards.

Mary Elizabeth Bowden began full-time college studies at the age of 14, receiving an Associate Degree from Joliet Junior College. Subsequently, she earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with the principal trumpeter of The Philadelphia Orchestra, David Bilger. On a full scholarship to the Yale School of Music for studies with Allan Dean, she was awarded her Master of Music degree in 2006. Ms. Bowden has served on the adjunct faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Mary Elizabeth Bowden is an official Yamaha Performing Artist.


Concerto in B-flat, Op. 7, #3


Concerto (1950)


Brandenburg Concerto #2


Concerto, Op. 18


Carnival of Venice


Quiet City


Concerto in D


Concerto in E-flat


Concerto in E-flat


Concerto in E-flat


Concertino for Trumpet, Piano & Strings (1948)


Concerto, Op. 64

MacMILLAN, James

Seraph for Trumpet & String Orchestra (2010)


Concerto in c


Concerto #2 in D

MOZART, Leopold

Concerto in D


Concerto in E-flat


Concerto #1 in c for Piano & Trumpet, Op. 35


Concerto #1


Concerto in D


Concerto in D


Concerto for 2 Trumpets


Concerto in C for 2 Trumpets


Joseph TURRIN: Escapade
with Alexandra Carlson, pianist
Samuel BARBER: Three Songs, Op. 10
with Alexandra Carlson, pianist
David LUDWIG: Radiance for Piccolo Trumpet & Strings
with Zoë Martin-Doike & Miho Saegusa, violinists
Frank Shaw, violist
Jiyoung Lee, cellist
Edward Paulsen, bassist
Joseph TURRIN: Fandango for Trumpet, Trombone & Piano
with Zenas Kim-Banther, trombonist
Milana Strezeva, pianist
Joseph Hallman: Sonata for Trumpet & Piano
with Alexandra Carlson, pianist
Catherine McMICHAEL: Totem Voices for Trumpet & Piano
with Milana Strezeva, pianist
Joseph TURRIN: Arabesque for 2 Trumpets & Piano
with David Bilger, trumpeter
Alexandra Carlson, pianist
James STEPHENSON: Croatian Trio for Trumpet, Flute & Piano
with Mercedes Smith, flutist
Milana Strezeva, pianist



Mary’s performance was superlative. Her musicianship is impeccable, and her technical skill is likewise most impressive. Her gorgeous sound and facile ability make the whole process seem effortless. Her command of classical and baroque style indicates solid thought and preparation. The audience was totally enthralled, offering a standing ovation that was both genuine and spontaneous. It is a pleasure to offer Mary Elizabeth Bowden my highest professional recommendation.

Springfield Symphony Orchestra (OH)

The title-track Radiance, an adaptation of David Ludwig’s plaintive soliloquy for oboe and strings, shows just how chaste and radiant a piccolo trumpet can be.


The Chameleon Arts Ensemble completed its exploration of Bach and the Baroque’s influence on subsequent generations by returning to the source and giving us all six Brandenburg concertos in a single evening. The second half opened with Brandenburg No. 2, notable for its high-register concertino of flute, oboe and clarino trumpet; in this instance Mary Elizabeth Bowden, to great effect and with no apparent effort, played a piccolo trumpet with rotary valves. The allegro was played briskly, square, tight and muscular, followed by a tender and exceptionally expressive andante while the trumpet rested. The third movement fugue was delightful, with wonderful interplay among the soloists.


'Radiance' is a splendid debut recording of classical works by trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden, especially when her playing is so expressive. On technical grounds, she’s an exquisite player whose polished tone is heard in ample supply on the seventy-four-minute release.


Though the material is all modern, it’s largely harmonious and melodically grounded and thus eminently accessible to both experienced and novice classical listeners, and Radiance is an especially welcome release, given the relatively modest number of classical trumpet recordings that are issued compared to the plenitude featuring violinists and pianists.


Celebrating Philadelphia composers [headline]
The opening piece, Escapade–by the easy to enjoy American composer Joseph Turrin–immediately shows off Bowden’s brilliant and colorful sound. [David Ludwig’s] Radiance is a dreamy, yet thoughtful work, awash with delicate tonality and an uneasy tranquility. This is a musical business card for a very fine young artist, and it works quite well.


The stage lit up, as Bowden showed why Yale’s graduates are so highly regarded.


An outstanding solo performance by trumpet soloist Mary Elizabeth Bowden


Mary is a great trumpet player and a wonderful person as well! It’s a joy to watch her blossoming career.

ALLAN DEAN, legendary trumpeter

Soloist Mary Elizabeth Bowden delivered a clear, beautifully phrased reading of the once groundbreaking work [Haydn Trumpet Concerto]. Bowden rendered clean scale motifs and virtuosic flourishes with ease.


Mary Bowden has one of the most beautiful trumpet sounds I have ever heard from a soloist. She has a special affinity for piccolo trumpet and E-flat with a lightness of touch and ease of approach that is quite extraordinary. Mary Bowden is a soloist worth watching.

JENS LINDEMANN, international trumpet soloist

American Women Artists Recital [headline]
Those in attendance enjoyed listening to Bowden nail Catherine McMichael’s Totem Voices, a multi-movement work that highlighted her excellent control and phrasing. [Ashley] Hall and Bowden then delivered a very impressive performance of Joseph Turrin’s Arabesque for Two Trumpets, after which the crowd roared.


There’s something about Mary Elizabeth Bowden and her ability on the trumpet - a fluid sense of light and dark, of grace and power.


10/13/2017 (7:30pm)


Madsen Recital Hall

Mozart: The Magic Flute (“The Queen of the Night” aria)
Debussy/Bowden: The Girl with the Flaxen Hair
Debussy/Bowden: Beau soir
Ravel/Caens: Habanera
McMichael: Totem Voices
Ensescu: Legende
Barber/Bowden: 3 Songs
Reskin: Showdown at the Hoedown
with Seretta Hart, trumpeter
Falla/Bowden: Canciones populares españolas
with Stephen Beus, pianist

2/24/2018 (7pm)


Alfred Savia, Conductor
The Victory Theatre


3/18/2018 (3pm)


Trinity Episcopal Church (Watertown, NY)

with Kyle Ramey, organist

Debussy: Rêverie

Chrysalis Chamber Players
The Moorings Presbyterian Church (Naples, FL)
January 21, 2018

J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto #2 in F (mvt. I: Allegro)

Chrysalis Chamber Players
First Presbyterian Church (Naples, FL)
January 25, 2015

Mozart: “Der Hölle Rache” from Die Zauberflöte
First Presbyterian Church (Naples, FL)
September 25, 2014

Stephenson: Croatian Trio for Trumpet, Flute & Piano
The Banff Centre (Canada)
August 1, 2013

Debussy: The Girl with the Flaxen Hair
The Banff Centre (Canada)
July 28, 2013

Turrin: Escapade
The Banff Centre (Canada)
July 28, 2013

Tomasi: Trumpet Concerto (mvt. II: Nocturne)
The Banff Centre (Canada)
July 28, 2013

Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E-flat (mvt. I: Allegro & mvt. II: Andante)
San Juan Symphony
Arthur Post, conductor
April 20, 2013

Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E-flat (mvt. III: Allegro)
San Juan Symphony
Arthur Post, conductor
April 20, 2013