Hailing originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado, Colin J.A. Oldberg enjoys performing and teaching throughout the Chicago-land area. In addition to his contributions to Axiom Brass, Colin is an avid orchestral performer, and just recently finished a one-year position as Principal Trumpet of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, to which he was appointed by Edo de Waart. His skills as a principal player are in demand, and since Hong Kong he has performed as Principal Trumpet with the Milwaukee Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra, and the Malaysian Philharmonic. Elsewhere, he has had the honor to perform with such distinguished groups as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Grand Tetons Festival Orchestra, the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. As a frequent substitute for the Chicago Symphony, Colin has performed under the batons of (among others) Bernard Haitink, Pierre Boulez, and Riccardo Muti. Colin can be heard in Maestro Muti’s inaugural recording as Music Director with the Chicago Symphony of Verdi’s Requiem, which went on to win a Grammy in 2010.
In addition to his orchestral endeavors, Colin has enjoyed the opportunity to perform as a soloist in a variety of ensembles. Recently, with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, he performed the Haydn Trumpet Concerto with conductor Ken Lam of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Before that, and again with the Philharmonic, he was honored to work with renowned Japanese composer and conductor Joe Hisaishi; Colin performed the trumpet solo version of Laputa: Castle in the Sky, one of Maestro Hisaishi’s most famous film scores. In May of 2011, Colin performed Arutunian’s Trumpet Concerto with Northwestern University’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble, under esteemed conductor Mallory Thompson. He also appeared as a soloist with the Northwestern University Brass Ensemble in 2010, performing Anthony Plog’s Concerto for Trumpet and Brass Ensemble. With Axiom, Colin has had the esteemed pleasure of appearing as a brass quintet soloist on a number of occasions, most recently with the Adrian Symphony alongside Maestro John Dodson.
In 2009, Colin was selected from a pool of over 3,000 applicants to perform in the first bi-annual YouTube Symphony Orchestra, the first-ever ensemble created using an Internet-based audition system. The group met at Carnegie Hall for three days of intensive rehearsals culminating in a spectacular concert conducted by Principal Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. The concert was broadcast live to the world via YouTube, and since its initial airing has accumulated more than 1.5 million views!
Colin has also enjoyed teaching during each stage of his career. Along with the rest of Axiom, he is in residence at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, where he spends a month every summer teaching and working with the brightest and most talented high school students in the country. In Hong Kong, Colin was Professor of Trumpet at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, which is one of China’s leading conservatories.
Colin received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from Northwestern University, where he studied with Barbara Butler, Charles Geyer, and Christopher Martin.
S. E. Shires Bb Trumpet - AW / WH
S. E. Shires C Trumpet - 4F / U8H
S. E. Shires E-flat Trumpet - 6MS8 / Y6H
Mutec Staight Mute - MHT110 - MHT108 - MHT107 - MHT116
Mutec Cup Mute - MHT146 - MHT149
Mutec Harmon Mute - MHT123 - MHT131
Mutec Plunger - MHT260
Mutec Practice Mute - MHT161