Christopher Rouse: Heimdall’s Trumpet for Trumpet and Orchestra
Albany Records

Recorded December 11, 2021 with the Albany Symphony Orchestra

Summer 2022 Release

Along the Continuum
MSR 1728
Music for Trumpet, Trombone and Piano

Greg Spiridopoulos – Trombone
Ludmila Krasin – Piano
Music of Jeffrey Wayne Holmes, Eric Ewazen, Anthony Plog, Joseph Turrin, Jaques Casterade and Herbert L. Clarke

As Principal Trumpet and Principal Trombone of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, colleagues in the Majestic Brass Quintet and Empire Brass Quintet, and faculty members at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Greg Spiridopoulos and I have enjoyed a nearly two-decade long friendship and working relationship. This album is an outgrowth of all those years of collaboration.

For more information about the works – please see the program booklet.

TSONTAKIS, George: Anasa / True Colors / Unforgettable
(Krakauer, E. Berlin, Luosha Fang, Eunice Kim, Albany Symphony, D.A. Miller)
NAXOS/American Classics

National Public Radio – Top 10 Classical Recordings of 2017 (#7)

In 2006, the Albany Symphony Orchestra recorded George Tsontakis’ incredible percussion concerto Mirologhia. George’s voice affected me so powerfully that thoughts of a trumpet concerto took seed and wouldn’t let go. True Colors is a triple entendre referring to George’s mastery of orchestral color, the theme base on pure intervals and is a musical biographical tour of my journey of discovery through music. 

For more information about these works, please see the program booklet.


MSR 1506
Premieres for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble

Grammy Nomination 2014 – Best Contemporary Classical Composition (Paulus)

This labor of love began when I asked my good friend Evan Hause to create a wind ensemble orchestration of his Trumpet Concerto the Albany Symphony commissioned for me. For the 2007 ITG Conference, I asked Stephen Paulus to create a wind ensemble orchestration of his remarkable double concerto and James Stephenson to write a work for me and our teacher Charles Schlueter. For the final work on the disc I asked my UMass colleague Jeffrey Holmes to write a work for myself and trombonist Greg Spiridopoulos with whom I am fortunate to work nearly everywhere! The disc opens with Herald Emeritus Fanfare, which was written to honor my UMass predecessor, Walter Chesnut, performed by my students in the UMass Trumpet Ensemble. Documenting a decade of commissioning for trumpet and wind ensemble, I am delighted to share these works with the world.

Each of these works has been heard at an International Trumpet Guild Conference as well.

  • Evan Hause – Trumpet Concerto (Denver 2004)
  • Holmes – Herald Emeritus Fanfare (Amherst 2007)
  • Stephenson – Duo Fantastique (Amherst 2007)
  • Paulus – Concerto for Two Trumpets and Band (Amherst 2007)
  • Holmes – Continuum for Trumpet, Trombone and Wind Ensemble (Grand Rapids 2013)

For more information about the works – please see the program booklet.

American Sonatas for Trumpet and Piano

Calls and Echoes – MSR 1395
Sonatas by Stanley Friedman, Kent Kennan, James Stephenson and Robert Suderburg with Nadine Shank, Piano

Available at MSR Classics and Amazon

“[Eric Berlin’s] first album was excellent. This one is, too, and for the same reasons: solid and interesting program of modern works, beauty of tone, tasteful playing style, and impressive technical skills… I have valued performances that hold harshness at bay and bring out the work’s introspection. This is one of those—Berlin maintains warm tone… plays assertively at peak moments, and engages in meaningful dialog with his outstanding collaborator, pianist Nadine Shank.”
~American Record Guide [November/December 2013]

To learn more about this music, please see the program booklet.

Charles Bestor – The Sound of Time Albany

Concerto Piccolo for Trumpet and Electronics

End of the Matter – Premieres for Trumpet
MSR Classics 1199

Evan Hause – Street Jam for Trumpet and Bongos
Michael Ellison – Elegy for Trumpet, Saxophone and Percussion
James M. Stephenson III – Vignettes for Trumpet and Percussion
Salvatore Macchia – The End of the Matter for Trumpet and Percussion
Charles Bestor – Concerto Piccolo for Trumpet and Electronics
Robert J. Bradshaw – Sonata for Trumpet and Piano
Eduardo Leandro, Percussion Nadine Shank, Piano Lynn Klock, Saxophones

To learn more about this music, please see the program booklet.

Arboretum: Chamber Music for Trumpet – In Progress

Schagerl Brass Festival 2014 DVD

Includes footage of performances from the festival by Eric Berlin and Nadine Shank as well as the UMass Trumpet Ensemble