Trumpeter Caleb Hudson, a 25-year-old Lexington native who first turned heads in the Bluegrass before heading off to the prestigious Interlochen Academy in Michigan and the Juilliard School, has officially joined the Canadian Brass, arguably the world's best-known brass ensemble.
Hudson's appointment came in a surprise announcement at a March 15 concert at Goucher College in Baltimore that was played on SiriusXM satellite radio. Hudson had been billed as a guest artist, but then was announced as the Brass's newest member. He will be joining the Brass for an eight-month tour of North America, Europe, Asia and South America.
Before last week, Hudson had already been making headlines with appearances such as his solo debut with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performing J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 and at the Aspen Music Festival, where he was soloist with pianist Vladimir Feltsman in a performance of Dmitri Shostakovich's Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Trumpet and Orchestra.
Last year he graduated from Juilliard with bachelor's and master's degrees. He is a performing and teaching artist with The Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall in New york.
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Hudson attended Paul Laurence Dunbar High School for his freshman and sophomore years, was a member of the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras, and went to the Governor's School for the Arts in the summer of 2005. Later that year, he returned from Michigan as a soloist with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra.
At the pre-concert lecture for that performance, Hudson's trumpet teacher Rich Byrd said the first thing that struck him about Hudson was his work ethic.
"Never in my 20 years of private teaching have I ever had a student as serious and hard-working as Caleb Hudson," said Byrd, an Eastern Kentucky University trumpet professor. "No matter what I assigned Caleb, he always returned to me with his lesson completed exactly as I asked, and often would prepare more than I asked."
Hudson, at Byrd's urging, went on to enter and win at the National Trumpet Competition multiple times.