JEFFREY KAYE, trumpet
Jeffrey Kaye is an internationally acclaimed orchestral and chamber musician, soloist, and teacher. He performs frequently with many South Florida ensembles, including the Miami City Ballet, Palm Beach Opera, and the Festival Orchestra Boca. He is a core member of Michael Stern’s Iris Orchestra in Germantown Tennessee, where he has been a featured soloist. Kaye also leads the highly acclaimed Florida Brass and Jeff Kaye & Friends Jazz Quintet. Kaye held the position of principal trumpet of the Florida Philharmonic from 1989 to 2003. He was also principal trumpet of the Florida Grand Opera, the Florida Philharmonic Pops Orchestra, and the Miami Chamber Orchestra.
In 2004, Kaye became a founding board member and Principal Trumpet of The Symphonia, Boca Raton. He has served as the orchestra’s personnel manager, orchestra manager, and Artistic Director. Presently, he serves on the Symphonia’s Artistic Committee and is their Orchestra Manager / Contractor.
Kaye has been on the faculty and a member of the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra since 2009. Prior to that, he was principal trumpet at Santa Fe Opera for four seasons. Other summer engagements have included the Aspen Music Festival, Waterloo Music Festival, Norfolk Music Festival/Yale Summer School of Music, and the Tanglewood Music Festival, where he was a fellow and played under Leonard Bernstein. Kaye received both a Bachelor of Arts in performance and a Bachelor of Science in Music Management from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. He was then awarded a talent scholarship by the Manhattan School of Music in New York, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Music Performance.
Kaye’s music can be heard on several recordings. Most notably is the award-winning Florida Philharmonic CD recording of Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony, which received critical acclaim, notably for the Blumine movement: