Adolph “Bud” Herseth


Bud Herseth was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor at the University of Miami Frost School of Music in the first season, 2003-2004. Today he is recognized as one of the world’s greatest symphonic trumpeters. He played principal trumpet in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 53 years.

Although Herseth has made relatively few recordings as a soloist, he has appeared on almost all of the several hundred of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s from the latter half of the twentieth century. Among his more distinguished solo recordings is the Haydn Trumpet Concerto on DG, led by Claudio Abbado. Herseth also performed and recorded with the Chicago Symphony Brass Ensemble.

He retired at the end of the 2000-2001 season at the age of 80, having fashioned a reputation among his admirers and many critics as the finest orchestral trumpeter of his generation.

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