Equally at home in a multitude of musical idioms, Allen Vizzutti has visited 40 countries and every state in the union to perform with a rainbow of artists and ensembles including Chick Corea, 'Doc' Severinsen, the NBC Tonight Show Band, the Airmen Of Note, the Army Blues and Army Symphony Orchestra, Chuck Mangione, Woody Herman, Japan’s NHK Orchestra and the New Tokyo Philharmonic, the Budapest Radio Orchestra, , the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Leipzig Wind Symphony and the Kosie Wind Orchestra. Performing as a classical and a jazz artist, often in the same evening, he has appeared as guest soloist with symphony orchestras in Tokyo, Germany, St. Louis, Seattle, Rochester N.Y., Syracuse, Milwaukee, Buffalo, Phoenix, Croatia, Slovenia, Edmonton, Vancouver and Winnipeg to name a few. Music lovers in Germany, Poland, England, Sweden, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Australia and the United States have heard his brilliant sound over the airwaves of national television. Allen's status as an artist has led to solo performances at the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Newport Jazz Festival, Banff Center for the Performing Arts, Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Teton, Vail, Aspen and Brechenridge Music Festivals, the Charles Ives Center and Lincoln Center in New York City.
From his home in Seattle Washington, Allen’s current career activities embody an impressive schedule of recitals, concerts, recording and composing. His continued commitment to music education and the value of music in everyday life results in an extensive schedule of guest appearances at universities throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Australia.
Allen's solo jazz recordings include CDs such as, "Ritzville", (Village Place Music), and “Trumpet Summit” and “Skyrocket” from Summit Records. Classical CDs currently available from DeHaske Music Publishing Recordings are “The Emerald Concerto and Other Gems”, with the Budapest Radio Orchestra, “Vizzutti Plays Vizzutti” and “Vizzutti and Soli On Tour”. His “High Class Brass”, (available on iTunes), is a wonderfully unique classical and jazz blend co-produced and performed with fellow trumpet artist, composer and conductor, Jeff Tyzik along with a 90 piece studio orchestra. Also of interest are “Baroque and Beyond”, from Sony, “The Carnival of Venus”, (Summit Records), and “A Trumpeter’s Dream, (Ludwig Music Publishing).
As Artist in Residence, Allen has taught at the Eastman School of Music, the Banff Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas State University, Ohio State University, West Texas State University, the Skidmore Jazz Institute, and the Trompeten Akademie of Bremen Germany. He is currently Artist In Residency at the University of South Carolina.
His extensive treatise, “The Allen Vizzutti Trumpet Method” and his “New Concepts for Trumpet”, (Alfred Music Publishing), have become standards works for trumpet study world wide. Many more of Allen’s jazz and classical books, play along recordings, and student and recital compositions are published by DeHaske/Hal Leonard, Southern Music, Village Place Music and Ars Nova. His writing includes solo pieces for flute, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, tuba, and harp, chamber groups, wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, and symphony orchestra.
Allen’s love of expression through composition has led to premier performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Budapest Radio Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic of London, the Nuremberg Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony, London Symphony, the renowned Summit Brass and others. After the world premier of his “Emerald Concerto” with the Syracuse Symphony Allen’s writing was described in review: “The Emerald Concerto sparkles!...a vivacious treatment which speaks well for both his dramatic instinct and technical prowess as a composer.”
While growing up in Montana, Allen was taught by his father, a self taught musician and trumpet player, until he left home to attend the Eastman School of Music on full scholarship. There he earned the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, a Performer’s Certificate, a chair in the Eastman Brass Quintet faculty ensemble, and the only Artist’s Diploma ever awarded a wind player in Eastman’s 85 year history.
While living in Los Angeles during the 80’s, Allen performed on over 100 motion picture sound tracks, (such as Back To The Future and Star Trek), as well as countless TV shows, commercials and recordings with such artists as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Chick Corea, the Commodores and Prince. His soaring sounds can be heard on recent projects including the movies "Furry Vengeance", “40 Days and 40 Nights”, “Unfaithfully Yours”, Gridiron Gang”, “Scary Movie Four”, and the “Medal of Honor", "Gears Of War 3" and “Halo” video games.
Laura Vizzutti has performed and presented workshops in Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Europe and throughout the United States. She began studying piano at the age of 4 and was a young artists competition winner at the age of 14. As a scholarship student at the famed Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York Ms. Vizzutti studied with Brooks Smith and Eugene List. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance.
After completion of her undergraduate studies, Laura, performed as accompanist for the Washington Choral Arts Society at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. She then moved to Los Angeles to continue her graduate studies at the University of Southern California. She coached there with Jascha Heifetz and Brooks Smith. Ms. Vizzutti was subsequently awarded a Master of Music degree in Chamber Music and Accompanying. Her discography includes “A Trumpeter’s Dream” and “The Carnival of Venus” recorded with her husband Allen Vizzutti. She has recorded with the international ensemble, ‘Ten Of The Best’ in Europe and in Japan performing such selections as George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody In Blue”.
Laura’s recent activities have included solo and ensemble concerts throughout the U.S., in Japan, Australia, Austria, Croatia, Finland and Germany. She has been invited several times to participate in arts cruises aboard the luxury cruise vessel MS Europa on extended tours of the South Pacific, North Atlantic and Caribbean Oceans.
Laura can be heard performing on television and movie soundtracks such as “Hallmark Hall of Fame” and “Zeus and Roxanne”. As a strong proponent of music education Ms. Vizzutti has taught at the college level and maintains a small private teaching studio.
Allen Vizzutti’s Favorite Bio: (You may use this if you wish – really. AV)
Allen Vizzutti has never been in prison. He has never jumped out of a flying airplane. He has gone swimming with sharks in the South Seas, which prepared him for later life in Hollywood. He attended college at the Eastman School of Music, which proved to be a very positive springboard from which he dove into the weird and twisted world of professional music. It was there he met a marvelous and beautiful pianist named Laura who married him much later - after listening to 17 years of his begging.
Allen grew up in Montana, USA, land of the grizzly bear, full sized pickups, cattle, sheep, red necks, rattelsnakes, watery beer and cowboy boots. He still managed to become a professional musician. His Dad did not own any guns, did not chew tobacco, and did not rope cows. He owned a music store and taught Allen to play trumpet. There were no beatings involved. Allen’s Mom helped too and if you had asked her she would have told you Allen is the best trumpet player in the world.
Mr. Vizzutti has never really been employed. After the last note of the last piece of any given concert he is unemployed again. So he has learned to play some jazz and some classical and some other stuff that we don’t know how to describe, with the hopes of staying busy. Along with having written a few books and lots of confused music he is almost successful enough to be deemed ‘successful’. Almost.
After hearing Mr. Vizzutti in concert, listeners in 65 countries and every state in the USA have asked the question, “What?” His many CDs in varied styles have been ignored worldwide. He has performed on 100’s of movie sound tracks but not ‘Star Wars.” They recorded that in London so don’t ask him about it. “Motel Hell”? Now that’s another matter. He played on that. “Back to the Future”? Yup. His educational video called “Steps To Excellence” is now an out of print classic. An updated podcast version can be viewed at < www.yamaha.com > The Allen Vizzutti Trumpet Method is used world wide. Go figure.
Mr. Vizzutti is proud of and outclassed by his wife and collaborator, Laura. She plays music beautifully and is a lot better to look at than he is. They live in Seattle, have 3 pretty cool offspring and no current pets. Marcella the rabbit was choked by a dog, Fluffy the fish was found floating upside down and subsequently flushed, and Hobs the hamster, was smacked in the middle of the night by Grandma, in her bedroom, with a shoe.
Though these artisans of world class, hand crafted musical instruments don’t always admit it:
Allen Vizzutti is a Yamaha performing artist.
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