Mark Inouye

Principal, William G. Irwin Charity Foundation Chair

Mark Inouye is Principal Trumpet of the San Francisco Symphony and occupant of the William G. Irwin Charity Foundation Chair. He attended the University of California at Davis for two years as a civil engineering major before transferring and graduating from the Juilliard School. Equally at home playing classical and jazz music, he has held principal trumpet positions with the Houston and Charleston symphonies and has performed with the New York Philharmonic and the Israel Philharmonic. He has toured the United States with Toccatas and Flourishes, the nationally acclaimed organ and trumpet duo, and was a member of the Empire Brass Quintet, which toured the US, Europe, Asia, and Canada.

Mr. Inouye made his San Francisco Symphony solo debut performing Copland’s Quiet City in 2010. In recent seasons he has performed as soloist with the SFS in Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, with Jean Yves-Thibaudet and James Conlon; J.S. Bach’s Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, led by Ton Koopman, with soprano Carolyn Sampson; and in jazz arrangements of Ravel’s Boléro and Pavane for a Dead Princess, led by Edwin Outwater. He has been a soloist with the New World Symphony on three occasions, in trumpet concertos by Haydn and Tomasi and, most recently, in the US premiere of Vassily Brandt’s Concertpiece No. 2, arranged for trumpet soloist with orchestra. He performed the Tartini Violin Concerto, arranged for trumpet, with the Houston Symphony. Mr. Inouye also appeared as soloist in Wynton Marsalis’s video production Marsalis on Music, which aired in Europe and North America. He was a soloist with the Tanglewood Wind Ensemble under the direction of Seiji Ozawa and has appeared as a soloist on the Disney Channel in a concert featuring The WHO at Carnegie Hall. 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. 

Mark 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.

(March 2015)