Paul Merkelo Plays the Trumpet Concertos by Alexander Arutiunian, Dmitri Shostakovich and Mieczyslaw Weinberg
Paul Merkelo serves as Principal Trumpet for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, while also traveling the world as a soloist. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Paul and discuss his newest release for the Naxos label, showcasing the Trumpet Concertos of Alexander Arutiunian, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Mieczyslaw Weinberg.
The recording features The Russian National Orchestra under the direction of maestro Hans Graf, along with the acclaimed pianist Jae-Hyuck Cho. The three works on this album each have a connection to the legendary Ukrainian trumpeter Timofei Dokshizer, who not only served as principal trumpeter with Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre but who also enjoyed a spectacular live performance and recording career.
Paul discusses the music and his Ukrainian heritage, as well as how the arts have been impacted by the current political conflict.