Trumpet Fellow Ansel Norris performs songs by classical music’s best lyricists: Schumann, Brahms, Schubert, Richard Strauss and Tchaikovsky.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert, Richard Strauss
Trumpet and Piano
First-year Trumpet Fellow Ansel Norris has distinguished himself as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician of enthusiasm and diverse taste. He was twice a first-prize winner at the National Trumpet Competition's solo division, a YoungARTS Gold Award recipient and a first prize winner in Chicago's Luminarts competition, among others. In 2016 he gave a provocative solo recital in a bold new format—a performance of Schubert's "Die Schone Müllerin" with the text of the poems delivered verbally in between each song. He has been inspired by the relationship of music to storytelling, and finds particular relevance in the palette of moods and colors that gave life to romantic art song. This is a medium he has become fascinated with and intends to continue to explore as he moves forward.
Mr. Norris has a great love for the sound of the orchestra and has given performances with the Chicago and Boston symphonies, spent two summers as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and completed a two-year period as a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He is excited to join the Peninsula Music Festival of Door County, Wisconsin this season.
As a founding member of the Lincoln Chamber Brass, Mr. Norris competed in the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition of 2014, earning a bronze medal. In 2016 he graduated from Northwestern University. He feels very grateful for the mentors who have pushed him along the way, including his mom, John Aley, Charles Geyer, Thomas Rolfs, Christopher Martin, Stephen Burns, Mark Gould and Robert Sullivan, to name just a few.
Mr. Norris has interests in reading, cooking, hiking, playing ping pong, doing yoga and playing video games, in no particular order. In Miami he hopes to explore all of these interests, in addition to many great musical opportunities, with a curious mind and an open heart.
Hailed for his “elegance and energy” (Classical Miami Magazine) and described as a “marvelous, musical mad scientist” (Music Critics Association of North America), pianist John Wilson is a third-year Piano Fellow at the New World Symphony. He has performed in North America, South America and Europe, and as a soloist with the New World Symphony, Napa Valley Symphony, New Amsterdam Symphony and Orchestra Camerata. He has presented solo recitals in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Center and at The American Academy of Arts and Letters. A top-prize winner in international piano competitions, he was most recently awarded the Best Performance of an American Work at the 2017 Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition. He is the recipient of the silver medal at the American Prize Foundation in Solo Piano Performance. An avid chamber musician, he has appeared in chamber ensembles with musicians of the San Francisco Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and San Diego Symphony.
Dedicated to contemporary music, Mr. Wilson has performed the U.S and world premiere performances of solo piano works by Michael Tilson Thomas and Timo Andres, and ensemble works by Reinbert de Leeuw, HK Gruber and Bernd Deutsch. He has performed duo recitals with violinist Joshua Bell numerous times, as well as with cellist Johannes Moser. He has additionally collaborated with soprano Audra McDonald, violinist Gil Shaham and cellist Alisa Weilerstein. As an ensemble musician he has appeared under some of the world’s leading conductors, including Michael Tilson Thomas, Edo de Waart, Stéphane Denève and John Williams. He frequently serves as Guest Principal Keyboard for the Milwaukee Symphony and San Diego Symphony.