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Raymond Riccomini, Trumpet

Raymond Riccomini, trumpet, joined the Metropolitan Opera orchestra in 2004. Prior to this, Raymond frequently performed, toured and recorded with the New York Philharmonic, including as guest Principal trumpet. He has also held the positions of second trumpet in the New Jersey Symphony and Principal trumpet of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. Raymond was a founding member of the Manhattan Brass Quintet and was a winner in the 1993 Fischoff Chamber music competition. In 2006, Raymond performed as Principal trumpet in Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 as part of Riverside Church’s 75th Anniversary celebration with members of the Detroit Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Neeme Jarvi.

Raymond received his BM from the Mannes College of Music and his MM from the Manhattan School of Music. His teachers include Vincent Penzarella, Eduard Treutel and Philip Smith. Raymond is currently on the faculty of The Mannes College of Music and serves as the Brass Department Chairman. He released his debut solo album, The Inner Voice, in 2010.


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