Twenty-seven year old rising trumpeter and composer Josh Rzepka has been described as “a musician who doesn’t believe in limits” by the Tribune Chronicle, and as being “gifted” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He has been heralded not only for his jazz playing and composing, but for his classical trumpet playing as well.
With his debut classical CD, Josh Rzepka: Baroque Music for Trumpet (2010), he has made a bold follow up to his critically acclaimed debut jazz CD Midwest Coast, released in the fall of 2009.
Quickly establishing himself as one of the most versatile upcoming performers in classical and jazz music, Josh Rzepka has performed across the country at famed venues including Severance Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Cleveland’s NightTown, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Knitting Factory in NYC. As a soloist Josh has presented recitals and concerts ranging from the baroque, to modern, to original jazz.
In 2009 Josh decided to take a major step in his career, he would record and release a jazz and classical solo CD within the same year – on his own. He knew only a few certainties that the jazz CD would be comprised of all originals, that the classical CD would be with a chamber orchestra, and that they would be recorded and produced in NE Ohio. Josh said “I feel very fortunate to be able to call NE Ohio my home, and the musicians here are truly first class. I didn’t even consider recording anywhere else. I can use local talent, and produce first rate recordings”.
In the winter and spring of 2010, while finishing up his MM at Boston University, Josh recorded his debut CD of baroque concerti in NE Ohio with a chamber orchestra, Josh Rzepka: Baroque Music for Trumpet. This recording features music by Antonio Vivaldi, Georg Phillip Telemann, Handel, Henry Purcell, Giuseppe Torelli, and Johan Baptist Neruda. The CD was recorded in Cleveland and Oberlin by Cleveland based multi Grammy ® award winning recording and production company, 5/4 productions. It features Rzepka as a soloist playing concertos and solo pieces backed by twelve strings and a harpsichord. For his undergraduate, Josh is a graduate of the renowned Oberlin Conservatory of music with a double major in classical and jazz trumpet performance.