MusB, MusM, Boston University. Member, Boston Symphony Orchestra. Former member, Boston Pops and American National Opera Company.
A member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra trumpet section since July 1984, Peter Chapman was named second trumpet of the BSO and assistant principal trumpet of the Boston Pops Orchestra in 1988. Born in Montreal, Mr. Chapman received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Boston University and first performed with the BSO while still a still a student at Boston University in 1966. As a student he won the “BU Night at Pops” Concerto Competition and performed Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra. Numerous other Pops solo appearances followed, with Arthur Fiedler, Harry Ellis Dickson, and John Williams. A fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center for four summers beginning in 1964, Mr. Chapman was the first recipient of TMC’s C.D. Jackson Master Award. Leonard Bernstein selected Mr. Chapman for the original production of Bernstein’s Mass, which opened the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Before joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra, he was a member of the Boston Pops Orchestra and principal trumpet of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. He has also been principal trumpet with the Opera Company of Boston, Boston Ballet, Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson, Wyoming, and Boston Musica Viva. Mr. Chapman currently teaches at Boston University, New England Conservatory, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.