Frank Kadarabek

Frank Kaderabek

Frank Kaderabek served as principal trumpet with the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1975 until his retirement in 1995. His previous appointments included Principal Trumpet of the Dallas Symphony, Assistant Principal Trumpet of the Chicago Symphony, and Principal Trumpet of the Detroit Symphony.

Born in Chicago, he studied with Edward Masacek and Chicago Symphony Principal Trumpet, Adolph Herseth, at the Chicago Musical College. At West Point he played solo cornet in the band, studying in New York with Harry Glantz and Nathan Prager.

In addition to his solo performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. Kaderabeck has appeared as soloist with the Detroit Symphony, the Grant Park and Chicago Chamber Orchestras, the Bach Festival at Cranbrook, and the Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra. In 1982 he was the first American invited to judge at the International Trumpet Competition in Czechoslovakia, a roll he has continue to fill. While in Prague in 1992, he recorded his first solo CD, "An American Trumpet in Prague," on the VARS label. The 1991 Annual New York Brass Conference honored Mr. Kaderabek for his contribution to performance and teaching, and his currently serving a second term on the board of directors of the International Trumpet Guild.

For the past twenty eight years, Mr. Kaderabek has been a faculty member at the Curtis Institute of Music and also teaches at West Chester University. A frequent performer with the Kennet Square Symphony and the Allentown Band, he recently recorded "Virtuoso," an album of trumpet and cornet solos, with Conductor Ronald Demkee and the Allentown Band.

Mr. Kaderabek speaks fluent Czech, collects rare books about World War I, and lives on a farm in Berks County, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Kaderabek's Philosophy of Performing: "Beauty of sound, lyricism, and style are qualities which are as much within the realm of the trumpeter as they are of the violinist, the singer, and any other musician. The trumpet, too, can speak eloquently.

Mr. Kaderabek's Philosophy of Teaching: "Music is personal. The education of a musician should not be directed toward technical mastery alone but must let each voice express itself."

Additional Honors:

Author of book "Let's Play Trumpet"

Listed in 1980-81 Who's Who in American Music

Featured speaker and recitalist, 1979 International Trumpet Guild Conference

Honored by the 1991 Annual New York Brass Conference

Judge at International Trumpet Competition in Prague, Czech Republic 1982 - 1987 - 1992

Lectured in Japan, Czechoslovakia, South America, Spain, Holland, Italy, and USA


"Kaderabek brings vitality and warmth to Clark's solos" -- Daniel Webster, Philadelphia Inquirer

"Virtuoso playing with awesome sound" -- Bill Rice, Schenectady Gazette

"Playing is fabulous, beautiful warm tone" -- Bill Vacchiano, The Brass Player

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