Joined the RPO in 1997
Douglas Prosser is a native of Kansas, born in Topeka in 1963. He received his collegiate musical training at the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School of Music from 1981-1987 under the tutelage of Barbara Butler Charles Guyer, formerly of the Chicago Symphony and Mark Gould, principal trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera of New York. Prosser began his career in 1987 as the RPO’s third trumpet and was shortly thereafter named the principal trumpet of the City of Barcelona Symphony Orchestra in Barcelona, Spain. From 1987 to 1995, Prosser toured widely with the Barcelona ensemble throughout Europe and Asia and was featured frequently as a soloist with performances of trumpet concerti by Tomasi, Haydn, and Hummel. In 1995 he returned to the U.S. to rejoin the Rochester Philharmonic as principal trumpet, and in 1997 was appointed to the faculty of the Eastman School of Music as associate professor of trumpet and brass chamber music.
Most recently, Prosser served as acting associate principal trumpet with the Philadelphia Orchestra during their 2007 summer residency at Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and has continued to perform with them as a guest musician on numerous occasions including two recent tours of China and Pope Francis’ recent visit to Philadelphia. Prosser has toured worldwide as an orchestral musician, chamber player, recitalist, and clinician, including performances in Tokyo, Osaka, Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Leipzig, Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Marseille, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Denver, Houston, Toronto, New York City, Boston, Miami, and Campeche, Mexico. Prosser’s orchestral and chamber performances can be heard on recordings of EMI Classics, harmonia mundi, and Eastman in Concert.
Photo: Janice Hanson