Trumpeter and composer Charles Lazarus was invited as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2012-2013 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for his eclectic music career. He is known for his distinctive blend of lounge/exotica and funk-fired jazz. Lazarus made his stage Carnegie Hall solo debut with the New York String Orchestra at the age of 19 while still a student at The Juilliard School in New York.
Since that time, he has performed with notable groups such as the New York Trumpet Ensemble, The New York Big Brass, The London Brass, and the Montréal Symphony. He has been a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Les Violins du Roy, and the Bach Society, among others. He has been a member of the Dallas Brass, Meridian Arts Ensemble and Canadian Brass, and is currently a member of the Minnesota Orchestra.
Lazarus has performed his own compositions at the Montréal and Ottawa international jazz festivals live on Radio Canada, for music videos that have aired nationally on Canadian television and as an opening act for Tony Bennett. He has recorded for television and IMAX film scores, as well as major symphony orchestras and numerous classical, pop, and jazz ensembles.
Lazarus has served on the trumpet faculties of Princeton University and St. Olaf College and has performed and taught master classes in every U.S. state, Canada, South America, and throughout Europe and Asia.