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Dan Kocurek

Canadian-American trumpeter Dan Kocurek has worked extensively as a soloist, chamber musician, studio musician, and clinician and is a champion of new and accessible works for trumpet.

Dan received his classical training under the tutelage of Brian McWhorter, Larry Knopp, and Marty Berinbaum and has been the recipient of a number of prizes in both classical and jazz idioms, notably tuition scholarships at the Manhattan School of Music and the Chicago Conservatory of Performing Arts.

Shortly after finishing his Masters, Dan won a position in the world-renowned Dallas Brass, where he helped bring music to people of all ages.

He has performed throughout the United States and Canada, in front of audiences numbering from ten to over 10,000. Since then, Dan has been in demand as a featured soloist on many programs ranging from baroque to contemporary works. These include multiple appearances with the University of British Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Chamber Strings, as well as the Vancouver Bach Choir, the Pro Nova Ensemble and the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra.

Dan is also establishing himself as an international touring concert soloist in tandem with his wife Christine Eggert on piano. Their programs have been hailed as being “musically provocative, presented with charm and a deliciously human touch” and encompass repertoire from the passion and lyricism of the 19th-century ‘cello repertoire (played on a custom 4-valve Flugelhorn), to the swing and swagger of jazz and the fiendish virtuosity and fire of the Tango.

In recording and film, Dan has worked from Los Angeles to Vancouver with notable composers and artists such as Christoper Lennertz, Sam Pilafian, Peter Hollens, and Paul Levasseur.

He is currently Acting Principal Trumpet for the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra, the Kamloops Symphony, Western Canada Theatre, and the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble, as well as maintaining an active freelancing schedule.
Dan currently lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada and performs on Wedge mouthpieces exclusively.

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