Luis Engelke is Professor of Trumpet and Director of the Master of Music program at Towson University. He is Principal Trumpet of the Kennett Symphony Orchestra, Associate Principal Trumpet of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony. He performs more than 100 engagements annually as a soloist and orchestral/chamber musician, and serves as a Music Reviews Editor for the International Trumpet Guild Journal. Engelke also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the International Trumpet Guild, as Vice President for the Baltimore Musicians’ Association (Local 40-543 of the American Federation of Musicians), and as a Yamaha Performing Artist/Clinician. He has performed as a soloist in North America, South America, Asia, Europe, and Australia, and has appeared on more than 20 commercially released recordings for the Pro-Arte, Decca, Innova, Aurora, and several other labels. His solo CDs entitled Songs, Remembrances, and Impressions and A Brazilian Collection have received critical acclaim, and his anthology of Brazilian trumpet music published by Balquhidder Music contains first editions of significant Brazilian solo trumpet works.
As a member of Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, and Mid-Atlantic Symphony, Engelke recorded trumpet solos for soundtracks for the films Villa-Lobos: Sua Vida de Paixão, Stories of the Land, and Elefteria. He has performed with more than 40 professional orchestras internationally including the symphonies of Baltimore, Delaware, Harrisburg, Maryland, Phoenix, San Diego, Sydney, and the Thailand Philharmonic as well as numerous chamber and opera orchestras. Engelke has been featured with Orquestra Eintracht, Rome Festival Orchestra, Naval Academy Band, Gulf Coast Symphony, Frederick Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, and Lancaster British Brass Band, and performed with such diverse musicians as Andrea Bocelli, and Brazilian legends Paulo Moura, Ivan Lins, and Ze da Velha. Engelke’s work in popular music includes appearances with The Moody Blues and Ricky Martin.
Engelke’s more than 200 publications include articles in the ITG Journal, Euro-ITG Newsletter, Jazz Educators Journal, College Music Symposium, NACWPI Journal, The Double Reed, and Triad. Topp Brass in Switzerland and Triplo Press in the USA published several of his arrangements and editions. The following organizations have supported him through scholarships and grants: CAPES-Fulbright, Music Teachers National Association, International Trumpet Guild, and Rádio Mec. He has taught at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Conservatório Brasileiro de Música, Arizona State University, Ohio State University, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and Florida State University Music Camps. A frequent lecturer and guest artist, he has presented master classes and recitals around the world.