Nicholas Recktenwald selected again for National Youth Orchestra


Nicholas Recktenwald has played trumpet since he was four years old, and will begin his seventh-season with The Louisville Youth Orchestra, where he is currently principal trumpet in the Symphony Orchestra. In 2016, Nicholas was the winner of the University of Louisville, High School Solo Trumpet Competition, soloing with the Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Fred Speck.

Nicholas is entering his junior year at The Youth Performing Arts School, where he is principal trumpet in the wind ensemble, lead trumpet in the jazz band and will sing tenor as a member of the YPAS Chamber Choir.  Nicholas has participated in various summer programs including The University of Louisville’s Middle and High School Wind Band Institute; Indiana University’s Summer Music Clinic; The University of Texas at Austin’s Summer Band Camp; The Canadian Brass Summer Chamber Music Workshop at The University of Illinois; The Summer Trumpet Institute at the University of Kentucky; and is currently in his second season with The National Youth Orchestra 2, where he performs with The NYO-USA and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Additionally, he has played with The Louisville Orchestra, Derby City Big Band, and Kentucky Brass.

Nicholas studies jazz trumpet with Dr. Ansyn Banks, Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at The University of Louisville and studies trumpet with Dr. James Recktenwald, Assistant Principal Trumpet of The Louisville Orchestra. Nicholas enjoys playing in a jazz combo called Spur of the Moment, which performs in various venues around Louisv

nyo2.pngIn 2017, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute brings together outstanding young American instrumentalists ages 14–17 to form NYO2, a summer orchestral training program. Running in conjunction with NYO-USA’s annual summer residency at Purchase College, SUNY, NYO2 offers an opportunity for participants to play alongside exceptionally talented peers and learn from a world-class faculty. NYO2 aims to expand the pool of young musicians across the country equipped with the tools to succeed at the highest level.

As a central part of NYO2, participants have the opportunity to work closely with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, an organization with its own deep commitment to education and artist training. In July 2017, NYO2 will perform side by side with select members of The Philadelphia Orchestra in concerts in Philadelphia and at Carnegie Hall led by Giancarlo Guerrero.