February 25, 2015 4:17 pm
Updated: February 25, 2015 4:54 pm

Trumpeter Paul Merkelo’s advice for aspiring musicians

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WATCH ABOVE: The solo trumpeter for the OSM talks about his new album “French Concertos for Trumpet”

MONTREAL – Paul Merkelo has some simple advice for aspiring trumpet players.

“Listen,” he said.

“Listen to as many recordings as possible and get inspired by the sounds they hear.”

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His new album for the Analekta label is titled “French Concertos for Trumpet” and it puts the spotlight on some of the most difficult trumpet pieces ever written.

The works by Jolivet, Desenclos and Tomasi, were performed and recorded live with l’Orchestre symphonique de Montreal (OSM).

Merkelo told Global Montreal Morning News anchor Richard Dagenais that recording the pieces with the OSM under the direction of Kent Nagano is “a dream come true.”

Merkelo has been with the OSM for 20 years and is currently the orchestra’s solo trumpet.

“French Concertos for Trumpet” was funded on Kickstarter with 100 per cent of the royalties going to the Paul Merkelo Scholarship Fund for up and coming musicians in financial need.

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