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Official Website of William Vacchiano © 2016 Brian A. Shook

New York Philharmonic Trumpeter

Few trumpet teachers influenced as many individual students professionally and personally as William Vacchiano, former principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic. His contributions to the music world include hundreds of orchestral recordings, numerous method books, thousands of private students, and a lifetime of research on trumpet mouthpieces resulting in his own line of mouthpieces (made by Stork Custom Mouthpieces). Brian Shook documented the life and musical contributions of Mr. Vacchiano in Last Stop, Carnegie Hall: New York Philharmonic Trumpeter William Vacchiano published by UNT Press.
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Quick Facts

  • Appointed principal trumpet in 1942 by Bruno Walter

  • Performed under Philharmonic conductors Arturo Toscanini, Sir John Barbirolli, Bruno Walter, Artur Rodzinski, Leopold Stokowski, Dimitri Mintropoulos, Leonard Bernstein, and Pierre Boulez

  • Retired from the Philharmonic in 1973

  • Co-inventor of the Alessi-Vacchiano Mute

  • Estimated number of private students exceeds 2,000

“Vacchiano was always an inspiration and an encouragement, even decades after his retirement. As I go on in my musical career, I want to be as willing as he was to hand the baton off and be able to do everything I can to lift that person up and say, ‘Go on, you can do it.’”
Philip Smith, Principal Trumpet (retired), New York Philharmonic