Maestro Jeffrey Silberschlag has distinguished himself in the world of music, performing as conductor and trumpet soloist throughout Europe, the United States, Russia, China, Japan, and Israel. His performances have been described as “compelling” by Germany’s Kolnische Rundschau; “extraordinary” by Italy’s L’Arena; and “outstanding” by Fanfare Magazine.
Mr. Silberschlag is music director and conductor of the Chesapeake Orchestra and River Concert Series and co-director of the Alba Music Festival and Young Artists Program in Northern Italy. On November 15, 2011 at a performance in Prague, Mr. Silberschlag received the Prize for Artistic and Cultural Activities from the European Union of the Arts, for his lifetime achievement in classical music as a conductor and trumpeter. He serves as Head of Music Performance at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and is the Steven Muller Distinguished Professor in the Arts. He has been a faculty member since 1988 and served as chair of the Music Department.
Mr. Silberschlag has appeared as guest conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Soloists, Orchestra Filharmonici di Torino, Symphony Orchestra of Rumania, Bulgarian Philharmonic, La Scala Virtuosi, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Salzburg Chamber Orchestra, and the Moscow Academy Chamber Orchestra. He has collaborated which such soloists as Anne Akiko Myers, Hilary Hahn, Jose Cueto, Yi Jia Hou, and Lara St. John (violinists); Maxym Anakushin, Bruno Canino, Brian Ganz, Eliza Garth, and Jeff Chappell, (pianists); Giuseppe Nova and Yoshimi Oshima, (flutists); Giampiero Sobrino and Jon Manasse, (clarinetists); Catrin Finch, (harpist); Judy Blazer, Kate Baldwin, and Melissa Errico, (Broadway vocalists); Vonda Shepard, Jane Monheit, Ethel Ennis, and Hilary Kole, (Jazz vocalists); Maria Kanyova, Tonna Miller, Susan Narucki, and Olivia Vote, (Sopranos); John Wallace, Andrew Balio, and Terence Blanchard, (trumpeters).
In addition, Mr. Silberschlag has combined musical genres by blending orchestral performances with such artists as Blues guitarist Linwood Taylor, the Paul Reed Smith Dragons, the No Class Today Bluegrass Band, and the Brazilian band, Grupo Saveiro. A recording of Boris Blacher’s chamber opera “Romeo and Juliet” with Mr. Silberschlag as conductor was released on Albany records to much acclaim. He has directed premieres of works by composers Morton Gould, Lorenzo Ferrero, Ludovico Einaudi, Paul Chihara, Chou Wen-Chung, David Froom, Kenji Bunch, Judith Shatin, Scott Wheeler, Perry Goldstein, Nathan Lincoln- DeCausatis, Lou Karchin, Vivian Adelburg Rudow, Judah Adashi, and William Thomas McKinley.
He has presented master classes at the Kyoto University of Performing Arts, Japan; the Prague Conservatory, Czech Republic; the Royal Academy of Music in London, UK; the Beijing Central Conservatory in China; the Aosta Institute for Music, Italy; and he has directed in performance the orchestra of the Cleveland Institute of Music.Mr. Silberschlag has held principal trumpet positions with the Italian National Symphony RAI- Torino, Jerusalem Symphony, and the New York City Opera National Company. This past season, Naxos re-released two of his recordings, “The Music of Morton Gould” and “The American Trumpet.” In his recording of McKinley’s “And the Presidents Said,” with narrator Ben Bradlee at Abbey Road Studio, Fanfare Magazine wrote that he is “a virtuoso trumpeter par excellence whose conducting is equally praise worthy.” This past December, Mr. Silberschlag was inducted into the Society Famija Albeisa.
Mr. Silberschlag is music director and conductor of the Chesapeake Orchestra and the River Concert Series in Maryland and co-director of the Italy & USA Alba Music Festival held in northern Italy. Jeffrey Silberschlag is a Professor of Music at St. Mary’s College of Maryland honored this past year for 25 years of service. Maestro Silberschlag has recently become the Music Director of the Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra in Baltimore.