Principal, William G. Irwin Charity Foundation Chair

Mark Inouye joined the San Francisco Symphony as Principal Trumpet in 1999 and holds the William G. Irwin Charity Foundation Chair. He previously held principal trumpet positions with the Houston Symphony and Charleston Symphony and performed with the New York Philharmonic and 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.

With the San Francisco Symphony, Mr. Inouye has been a featured soloist in Aaron Copland’s Quiet City, Franz Joseph Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto, J.S. Bach’s Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor with Jean-Yves Thibaudet. In 2015, he was soloist and leader for a summer program of jazz and classical favorites. He has also made solo appearances with the New World Symphony, Houston Symphony, and Tanglewood Wind Ensemble. As a composer, his works Tribute to Beaky, Find the Cheese, and The Bull Behind the Horns–A Jazz Suite, have all been performed on the SF Symphony chamber music series.

Equally at home in classical music and jazz, Mr. Inouye 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 Marsalis on Music, on a Disney Channel production featuring The Who at Carnegie Hall, and released his own debut jazz album, The Trumpet & The Bull.

Mr. Inouye graduated from the Juilliard School, where he transferred after two years as a civil engineering major at University of California, Davis

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