New York City Ballet Orchestra principal trumpeter Raymond Mase enjoys a diverse career as soloist, chamber artist, orchestral player, and pedagogue. As a member of the American Brass Quintet since 1973, he has performed worldwide, premiered countless new works for brass, and is heard on over thirty-five of the Quintet’s recordings. He has contributed his own editions of 16th, 17th, and 19th-century brass music on many of the ABQ recordings and was instrumental in the group’s recordings on Civil War period brass instruments.
As soloist, Mr. Mase has appeared with the American Composers Orchestra, Boston Pops, Moscow Soloists, Naumberg Orchestra, New York Virtuosi, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Summit Brass, and at the Bethlehem Bach and Aspen Music Festivals. He can be heard on well over 100 recordings and as soloist on the Albany, Deutsche Grammophon, Summit, Koch, Troy, Cambria, MHS and Furious Artisans labels.
In addition to his responsibilities with the New York City Ballet Orchestra, Mr. Mase has performed and recorded with many New York based ensembles including the New York Philharmonic, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Speculum Musicae, Orpheus and Musica Sacra. He is trumpet instructor and Chair of the Brass Department at The Juilliard School and has been artist/faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School since 1973.