Philip Smith

Guest Conductor

Philip Smith joined the New York Philharmonic as Co-Principal Trumpet in October 1978, and assumed the position of Solo Principal Trumpet in June 1988. His early training was provided at The Salvation Army, and continued under the tutelage of his father, Derek Smith, himself a renowned cornetist. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School, having studied with Edward Treutel and William Vacchiano, former Principal Trumpet of the New York Philharmonic. In January 1975, while still at Juilliard, Mr. Smith was appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Sir Georg Solti.

Mr. Smith has appeared regularly as soloist, recitalist, chamber orchestra performer, and clinician. He has been featured as a soloist with the Philharmonic in more than 75 performances under conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, Erich Leinsdorf, Leonard Bernstein, Neeme Järvi and Bramwell Tovey. Highlights have included the world premiere of Joseph Turrin’s Trumpet Concerto with the New York Philharmonic, its subsequent European premiere with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the U.S. premiere of Jacques Hetu’s Trumpet Concerto, the world premiere (2000) of Lowell Liebermann’s Concerto, and the world premiere (2003) of Siegfried Matthus’s Double Concerto for Trumpet, Trombone, and Orchestra. He has been a guest soloist with the Edmonton Symphony, Newfoundland Symphony, Columbus (Indiana) Symphony, Pensacola (Florida) Symphony, Hartford (Connecticut) Symphony, and Beaumont (Texas) Symphony.

An avid brass band enthusiast, Mr. Smith has been guest soloist with the United States Army Brass Band, Goteborg Brass (Sweden), Black Dyke Mills and Ridged Containers Bands (Britain), Hannaford Street Silver Band and Intrada Brass (Canada), and numerous American and Salvation Army Brass Bands. He been a guest with Imperial Brass on nine ocassions. He appeared as featured soloist at the 1996 British Open Brass Band Championships in Manchester, England. 

His solo recordings include Contest Solos produced by the International Trumpet Guild; Fandango, featuring New York Philharmonic Principal Trombonist Joseph Alessi and the University of New Mexico Wind Symphony (Summit); My Song of Songs with the New York Staff Band of The Salvation Army (Triumphonic); Copland’s Quiet City (Deutsche Grammophone); New York Legends (CALA); Orchestral Excerpts for Trumpet, (Summit); Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Concerto for Trumpet and Five Instruments (New World); Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 (Koch); Walton’s Façade (Arabesque); and The Trump Shall Resound and Repeat the Sounding Joy (Heritage).

Mr. Smith and his wife perform with their Gospel group throughout North America. They have two adult children and live in New Jersey.