Mark Inouye, Principal Trumpet of the San Francisco Symphony and occupant of the William G. Irwin Charity Foundation Chair, attended the University of California at Davis and graduated from the Juilliard School. He has held principal trumpet positions with the Houston and Charleston symphonies and has performed with the New York Philharmonic and the Israel Philharmonic. Mr. Inouye made his San Francisco Symphony solo debut performing Copland’s Quiet City in 2010. Last month he was trumpet soloist in the Orchestra’s performances of Shostakovich’s First Piano Concerto with conductor James Conlon and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. He has also been a soloist with the New World Symphony and the Houston Symphony. He has toured the United States with the organ and trumpet duo Toccatas and Flourishes, and he was a member of the Empire Brass Quintet. At home in both classical music and jazz, he was a founding member of the Juilliard Jazz Sextet at Lincoln Center and a guest performer at the Hollywood Bowl in the Playboy Jazz Festival. He appeared as soloist in Wynton Marsalis’s video production Marsalis on Music. Mr. Inouye is also an active composer and his works Tribute to Beaky, Find the Cheese, and The Bull Behind the Horns–A Jazz Suite, have all been performed on the SFS Chamber Music Series. His debut jazz album The Trumpet & the Bull includes several of his own compositions.
Guy Piddington has served as a Symphony mentor in the SF Symphony Community of Music Makers program.
Jeff Biancalana has served as a Symphony mentor in the SF Symphony Community of Music Makers program.