When was it composed?

John Estacio received a co-commission from 19 orchestras from across Canada as part of the Canada 150 celebration.


When was it premiered?

The Trumpet Concerto received its first performance by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and soloist Larry Larson, conducted by Michael Christie, on March 24, 2017.


What instruments does Estacio use?

Solo trumpet; 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 tuba, timpani, percussion, strings


How long does it last?

The three-movement piece lasts approximately 25 minutes to perform.


The composer wrote about the piece on the K-W Symphony website:

The first of the three movements is titled Triton’s Trumpet and takes its inspiration from the Greek myth about Poseidon’s son, Triton, who used his conch shell as a trumpet to calm or raise the ocean waters. The middle movement is title Ballad and features extended lyrical phrases for the solo trumpet. After the rather portentous first two movements, the third movement, Rondo, is a much-needed balm. It is written in a quick 6/8 meter and begins with a quixotic melody that will return several times throughout this mercurial kaleidoscope of energy and color and fanfare.


What other orchestras have performed it?

Since its premiere in 2017 the work has received performances by Symphony orchestras in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Sudbury, Regina, Winnipeg, Halifax, Sherbrooke,  and Montréal.  Amongst the soloists have been some of Canada’s finest trumpet players including Larry Larson, Andrew McCandless, Richard Simoneau and our guest artist Paul Merkelo.


Our guest soloist Paul Merkelo had this to say about performing the piece:

John Estacio wrote this concerto as part of a co-commission between 19 different Canadian orchestras. I was thrilled to premiere it with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in fall of 2017 and am equally excited about my performance in PEI! The work displays a cinematic style with sweeping lyrical passages contrasted by highly virtuoso articulate playing. The dialogue between the orchestra and trumpet is palpable, challenging me to have stamina and breadth in my sound.


Is there a recording available of the work?

Unfortunately, it has yet to be recorded or committed to video.





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