Principal Trumpet, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Virginia native and New York City/Chicago trained classical trumpeter Stuart Stephenson began playing trumpet at age ten, after starting piano at age six. He spent his childhood in Northern Virginia, where he studied with members of the United States military bands and the National Symphony. From there he went to NYC and completed his undergraduate degree at The Juilliard School. Stuart then went on to study at Northwestern University with Professors Barbara Butler, Charlie Geyer and former Chicago Symphony principal trumpet Chris Martin, where he earned his Masters of Music degree.
Stuart has spent summers most recently at the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, the Grand Tetons Music Festival in Jackson, Wyoming, as faculty at the Aspen Music Festival and most recently at the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Ketchum, Idaho.
Stuart joined the Atlanta Symphony in the spring of 2013, immediately following his graduation from Northwestern University. Stephenson is on faculty at Emory University, as well as maintaining a small private studio.