Associate Professor - Trumpet
Room 228, Swope Music Building
D.M.A., Arizona State University
M.M., University of Maine
Classical trumpeter Jean-Christophe Dobrzelewski currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Trumpet at West Chester University of Pennsylvania School of Music, and is an active freelancer in the Philadelphia area. Having been raised in both Costa Rica and Switzerland, he regularly appears as guest artist and clinician throughout Europe, Central America and the United States. He is former principal trumpet of the Midland-Odessa Symphony and the Lone Star Brass in Texas.
Dobrzelewski is the founder of the West Chester University Chapter of the International Trumpet Guild, and is founder and host of WCU's Annual International Trumpet Festival, which features such artists as James Ackley, Peter Bond, Jeffrey Curnow, Vincent DiMartino, David Hickman, David Krauss, Allen Vizzutti, Boston Brass and George Rabbai. He is also preparing to host the 2012 Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Competition. A prolific grant writer, in 2010 alone Dobrzelewski has been awarded six local, state and nationwide grants to pursue various musical projects, including the National Endowment for the Arts "Access to Artistic Excellence" Grant.
An active soloist and clinician, Jean-Christophe Dobrzelewski has given recitals and masterclasses across the United States, Europe and Latin America. He is scheduled as guest artist at the 2010 Romantic Trumpet Festival in Russia, the 2010 South Carolina Trumpet Festival, the 2011 Indiana University of Pennsylvania Trumpet Festival and the 2011 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Minneapolis. A founding member of the Tromba Mundi trumpet ensemble, The Tryptique Ensemble and the West Texas Brass Project, Dobrzelewski performs extensively as a chamber musician. He also plans performance tours and educational opportunities for his WCU students and travels with them both locally and abroad. A believer that music is for everyone, he is very active in bringing music to the masses, performing in schools, churches, hospitals, prisons, nursing homes and retirement communities.
Dobrzelewski currently has two recordings for trumpet and organ under the Swiss AMIE label, Tryptique (2004) and Renewal (2005), as well as the Tromba Mundi Trumpet Ensemble's self-titled album under the MSR Classics label (2009). He is in postproduction with a third CD for two trumpets and organ, and in preproduction with a recording of American music for brass and wind ensemble that will be released with MSR Classics in Spring 2011. A supporter and promoter of new music, Jean-Christophe has commissioned and performed or recorded more than twenty works for trumpet and various ensembles by North and Central American and European composers.
An expert music editor and typesetter, Dobrzelewski has participated in over 150 works on the Hickman Music Edition catalogue, and has published several arrangements including a sixteen-volume set of orchestral excerpts for trumpet, Essential Orchestral Excerpts, with HME. These excerpt books are widely used and are recommended study material for New York Philharmonic trumpet auditions.
Dobrzelewski received a Prix de Trompette at the Conservatoire de Musique de Rueil-Malmaison in Paris, a Master of Music Performance from the University of Maine and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University, all in the area of trumpet performance. He won prizes at the Selmer Competition in Paris (1999) and the University of Maine Concerto Competition (2001). His most influential teachers include Eric Aubier, Wolfgang Bauer, Regents' Professor David Hickman, Jean-Francois Michel, Sam Pilafian, and Guy Touvron. Jean-Christophe Dobrzelewski is a Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician.