Faculty artist Joe Burgstaller will perform as host and lead trumpet for the Malaysian Philharmonic’s Principal Brass Quintet as well as guest principal trumpet for the orchestra itself. Mr Burgstaller will also perform several solo concerts in China with the Qingdao Symphony Orchestra for its New Years Series. In January, Mr. Burgstaller will return to the Water Island Music Festival, curated by Peabody graduate Julian Gargiulo (MM ’97, Piano), and then co-headline the Trumpet Festival of the Southeast along with trumpeter Sean Jones at University of Alabama at Birmingham on January 15-17. Early 2016 also brings a guest appearance on a new CD release by Grammy-nominated pianist Hector Martignon entitled La Banda Grande, in which Mr. Burgstaller duets with soprano Brenda Feliciano-D’Rivera on a crossover version of Bach’s Erbarme Dich. In September, Canadian figure skating champion Elladj Baldé won the gold medal at the Nebelhorn Trophy in Germany skating to the accompaniment of Mr. Burgstaller’s trumpet on Echoes of Harlem from his 2009 solo release, Mozart’s Blue Dreams.