The David Kuehn Collection
These fine instruments came from the personal collection of celebrated trumpeter David Kuehn. His collection is being sold and the proceeds will directly benefit an endowment that has been set up to support the Midwest Trumpet Festival.
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David Kuehn (1941-2017) was a stunning trumpeter and dazzling recitalist, known for his lovely, long legato line. During his lengthy career, he played principal trumpet in some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, including the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Italy, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra in Bilbao, Spain, Phoenix Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, Michigan Opera Theatre, and Detroit Chamber Winds. In 1998, he performed under the direction of Maestro Zubin Mehta with the Maggio Musicale in the historic production of Puccini’s Turandot, at the Forbidden City in Beijing. For 27 years he was principal trumpet with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in Buffalo, NY (1969–1996) and was a member of the performance teaching faculty at University at Buffalo, State University of New York. David was also cornet soloist with the U.S. Army Field Band and after he retired, became a member of the Georgia Brass Band.
David appeared on numerous recordings with the Buffalo Philharmonic and recorded several solo and ensemble CDs. Of his 2012 CD, the International Trumpet Guild Journal reviewer wrote, “One of the highlights occurred when Kuehn and his brother, Dan Kuehn, also an accomplished trumpet player, performed From The Mountain Top by Persis Parshall Vehar... The overall effect was tremendous.” David’s musicianship for his 1999 CD recording, Musical Landscapes for Trumpet was also lauded on classical.net: stating that Kuehn showed “himself as a complete musician by communicating the meaning behind the notes. There's not a phrase on this CD that doesn't have its own personality.” Earlier critics commented on the way in which his playing “weds artistry to virtuosity.”
David studied at Juilliard with William Vacchiano, and at University of Colorado, Boulder, and Arizona State University.