CSO appoints principal trumpet

Thu Sep 26, 2019 at 12:56 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Esteban Batallán. Photo: Hong Kong Philharmonic

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has a new principal trumpet.

Esteban Batallán has been named to the high-profile position, which has been vacant since Christopher Martin left the CSO in 2017 to become principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic. Batallán has been playing in the first chair since the start of this season, recently completing his trial period as a final phase of the audition process. His appointment will become official on September 30, pending finalization of contract details.

A native of Barro, Spain, Batallán served as principal trumpet of the Hong Kong Philharmonic last season and for the Orchestra of the City of Granada from 2002 to 2018. He also served as the guest principal trumpet with the Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala and the Filarmonica della Scala from 2015 to 2018 in addition to his role as guest principal trumpet of the Royal Orchestra of Seville from 2010 to 2014.

The Spanish trumpeter first appeared with the CSO under Riccardo Muti in June of 2018. He returned to perform with Muti and the CSO in Verdi’s Requiem last November and also played with the CSO during tours in Asia and Florida this year, as well as in the June concert performances of Aida.

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