James Recktenwald

James Recktenwald, holds the Lynne A. Redgrave Chair as Assistant Principal Trumpet. A native of Louisville, KY, he graduated from The University of Louisville where he holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in performance.  He studied trumpet with Leon Rapier and Jerome Amend. Mr. Recktenwald completed a Master of Music Degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in trumpet performance at The University of Texas at Austin, studying with Raymond Crisara. A member of the Louisville Orchestra since February 1997, he holds the Assistant Principal/Second Trumpet position and performs in the Louisville Orchestra Brass Quintet. Along with this, he is a coach for Horizons Brass.

James Recktenwald worked as Instructor of Trumpet at Memphis State University and then as a freelance trumpeter and teacher in Philadelphia. While in Philly, he also studied with several prominent trumpeters including Phil Smith, David Bilger, Frank Kaderabek and Seymour Rosenfeld. He is the founder and manager of Kentucky Brass, a versatile brass and percussion ensemble, and Symphonic Arts Entertainment, a professional contracting/booking agency that provides a variety of professional ensembles for the Louisville area.

Mr. Recktenwald finds inspiration in the performance styles of Maurice Andre, Phil Smith and Clifford Brown and has cherished the opportunity to engage in the ideas and emotions of wonderful artists, both living and dead, throughout his career. He recommends that all musicians should simply “Enjoy making music!” and doesn’t reserve that sentiment for only young musicians.