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BARRY PERKINS, Instructor in Music
In his tenure as Principal Trumpet with the Pacific Symphony, Barry Perkins has been hailed by critics as “fearless”, “first rate” , and “phenomenal”.*
Throughout his career, Barry has performed live with artists ranging from Hilary Hahn, Joshua Bell and Andre Watts to Bobby McFerrin, Frank Sinatra Jr., and Byron Stripling. He has played under esteemed conductors such as Carl St. Clair and Gustavo Dudamel. Barry has performed on the worlds most prestigious concert stages including those of Munich, Frankfurt, Lucerne, Hannover, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Essen, Vienna, The Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and Pacific Symphony’s new Segerstrom Concert Hall.
In addition to his career as a performer, Barry is a renowned teacher whose powerful and energetic teaching style has influenced many young trumpeters to become great musicians as well as great leaders. He is a member of the music faculty at California State University, Fullerton and founder of the Barry Perkins Trumpet Academy which reaches many young musicians throughout southern California.
Years ago, at the age of twenty, Barry won his first Orchestra job as the Associate Principal Trumpet of the Mexico City Philharmonic and while living in Mexico performed with the State of Mexico Orchestra, Mineria Philharmonic, and the UNAM Philharmonic. After a few years in Mexico, Barry returned home to San Diego where he became the first-call substitute Principal Trumpet of the San Diego Symphony and a member of the San Diego Chamber Orchestra. In 2004 Barry became the Principal Trumpet of the Pacific Symphony.
Barry began playing the trumpet at the age of five under the instruction of his father, William Perkins. He continued his studies in high school with Richard Birkemier and later with Donald Green of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Barry then attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied with Charles Schlueter.
Barry has also performed with the Baltimore Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Opera, and numerous touring Broadway shows. In addition, Barry has appeared as a soloist with the Aguas Calientes Symphony Orchestra in Mexico, Southeast Symphony, San Diego Winds and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra.
When not playing his trumpet you can find Barry at his local gym pumping iron :)
Orange County Register , June 2005
Orange County Register, Dec. 2005
Generalanzeiger (Cologne, Germany) March 31, 2006
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