Hailed as “… a technical superstar and household name…” and “One of the most remarkable double (music) threats… a brilliant trumpeter and imaginative arranger,” internationally acclaimed trumpeter, Chris Coletti, is equally renowned as a trumpet soloist, for his work as principal trumpet of numerous top orchestras, chamber musician, arranger, and, more recently, music director. Chris has performed and/or recorded with top orchestras and conductors, from the Metropolitan Opera Brass, the New York Philharmonic Brass, and St. Louis Symphony, Pierre Boulez, to popular artist such as Jon Batiste, Kanye West, Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound, and Quincy Jones. Chris was thrust onto the world stage when joined Canadian Brass at age 22, touring the world for ten years with the group from 2009-2019, performing over a thousand concerts in the finest concert halls in the world, and recording 10 full length CDs and dozens of singles and music videos—many of which feature his original arrangements.
Coletti can also be heard on countless recordings and music videos with other world-class artists and ensembles. His trumpet playing, singing and arrangements have been heard live by more than half a billion people across countless TV programs and radio broadcasts, and he regularly performs with and in front of top symphony orchestras and in recital. Coletti’s online following includes thousands of monthly visitors to his online videos, blog, social media accounts and newsletter. A proponent of new music, Chris conducts and directs the Contemporary Ensemble at Ithaca College where he is Assistant Professor. Chris also plays baroque and natural trumpet, has a plethora of published arrangements for orchestra as well as brass, and has produced, coproduced and/or directed a myriad of recordings and video projects in various musical styles, from classical and baroque to indie-rock, salsa and jazz. Chris lives with his wife and two sons in Ithaca, NY.