Philippe Schartz is one of the most exciting trumpeters of today. As Principal Trumpeter of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, until summer 2002, and in his student days with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra he has performed, to much critical acclaim, with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez and Bernard Haitink. His solo career includes many recitals and concertos all over Europe as well as four solo CD recordings. In addition, Philippe has been broadcasted on numerous radio and TV stations including the BBC and diverse European networks. Philippe also enjoys teaching as part of the staff at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and has travelled around the world giving many masterclasses and educational workshops including at the Royal College of Music, Northwestern University of Chicago and Queens University Belfast Music School.
Born in Luxembourg, Philippe's enjoyment for the trumpet began when he listened to his father play in the village wind band. This passion grew through the careful hands of his teachers including the great player Dino Tomba who became a great friend and mentor. His studies were continued first at the Royal College of Music in London with David Mason, and afterwards he was invited to join the ‘Special Student' programme at the Eastman School in Rochester, New York. During his student years he won many prizes and awards which were a testament to the player that he would become.