FRANK FEZISHIN – Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Frank Fezishin, trumpeter-arranger, was born in Budapest, Hungary. His first trumpet lessons were from his father, János Feczisin, solo trumpet of the Hungarian State Opera in Szeged. His first professional performance at the age of 14 was alongside his father as the offstage trumpet in Puccini’s “La Bohème.”
Frank Fezishin pursued his studies at the Béla Bartók Conservatory in Budapest until the Hungarian uprising in 1956. Following his escape from Hungary to the United States, he continued his studies with Edward Treutel at the Juilliard School of Music in New York on a full scholarship. He also studied with Carmine Caruso, and was the recipient of help and advice from trumpeters Maurice André, Martin Berinbaum, Jerry Callet and Kálmán Kovács, Sr.
A teacher of brass instruments and music appreciation, Frank Fezishin taught at the Horace Mann and St. Luke's schools in New York City. For more than ten years, he was the artistic director and featured soloist at the Fordham University College at Lincoln Center’s alumni holiday concerts. Known in North America and Europe as a Baroque and Classical trumpet recitalist, Frank Fezishin regularly performs with organist Dr. Walter Hilse in the United States and pianist-organist-composer Jozsef Ács in Europe. In 1986, he was the featured soloist on a recording with Maestro Ács and the Eschweiler Choir on the BON label
International Trumpet Guild Journal
January 2004 - International Trumpet Guild Journal
“ trumpeter Frank Fezishin shows off his beautiful tone and considerable arranging skills….”
International Trumpet Guild Journal
January 2005 “…Mr. Fezishin is a fine musician… His tone quality is pure and smooth, and his articulation is crisp and facile… he does a beautiful job of carrying off the classical style with panache. Frank Fezishin has offered a novel introduction to the use of flugelhorn in a classical setting.”
Classical 102.5 WCRB Boston
Mr. Fezishin’s abilities with a piccolo trumpet should not be under estimated…. a perfect blend of unabashed attack and lyrical sweetness. If you are an admirer of the Baroque trumpet… you cannot go wrong with seeking a copy of … (Trumpet Music from the Baroque”).
February 2004 Schallstykket – Norway
“Trumpet Music from the Baroque – Fezishin plays with fine sound and technical brilliance. Especially in the deeper register he has a remarkable warm and rich sound for piccolo trumpet.”
“The Classical Flugelhorn – this recording represents some innovative thinking and usage of this beautiful instrument. Fezishin masters the instrument very well, both technically and especially on the slower parts. His “phrasing in the faster movements is … with a sound and intonation not unlike French horn, he impresses especially in the technically difficult 3rd movement of Sperger.
February 12 & 26, 2004 – Town & Village, New York, NY
“Frank Fezishin: Stuyvesant Town musician, composer and independent record label owner.”
“…his CDs display the range of his talent as a trumpeter and arranger. The works attest to Fezishin’s musicianship both in his brilliant trumpet work as well as his skillful variations. The flugelhorn “arrangements sound very natural to the instrument, which has a warm mellow sound.”
April 29, 2004 – Eagle Times, Keene, NH
Frank Fezishin is “…. sound is excellent… enjoys his music and this enthusiasm comes across. The Classical Flugelhorn surprises… so even if you already have recordings of these (horn) works, you will certainly want to hear what they sound like transcribed for flugehorn.”
“Frank Fezishin…accompanied by the excellent Caritas Chamber Orchestra… also plays his own brilliant version of Variations on Jeremiah Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary.”
TrumpetHerald.com – Forum
The Classical Flugelhorn… “…beautiful music, well played… “ Netherlands 7/24/04
“Flugel CD could make a French horn player jealous. Both CDs have been car companions …I never get tired of listening to them.” McDonough, GA 8/24/04
The Classical Flugelhorn… shows us that flugel as a solo instrument can be more than jazz/pop…Both CDs highly recommended.” Norway 8/26/04
Mel Broiles – former first trumpet Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
“Good luck with your excellent CD of trumpet music. I know hard work went into that…” 1/14/02
William Vacchiano – former first trumpet New York Philharmonic
“… beautiful playing … ” 2004
Jouko Harjanne – Finnish trumpet virtuoso/recording artist
The Classical Flugelhorn CD - “Bravo! Your Flugelhorn CD excellent …” 2004
Bobby Shew – jazz flugelhorn virtuoso/recording artist
The Classical Flugelhorn … “I really dig hearing these pieces play on flugelhorn…unique!! Assume you’re heard Sergei Nakariakov play, he’s amazing too! Hope you continue to have a lot of success…”
Marvin Stamm - jazz trumpeter/recording artist
“… Congratulations…enjoyed your playing very much… your arrangements for flugelhorn work beautifully…” 1/12/04 - “… The CD is really excellent …” 3/6/05
Bruce Lee – trumpeter/educator/instrument designer
“…superb recordings, both his piccolo trumpet CD and his flugelhorn CD. I highly recommend them.”
Garry Schwartz – Alexander Marketing
“Your Classical Flugelhorn CD arrived and I played it through three times… I hadn’t really thought of flugelhorn as a solo instrument in classical music, and to me, this seems like quite an innovation.” 3/1/05 “Listened to both CDs last night and replayed portions of both. They really are fantastic!” 3/8/05
Bekor – amateur trumpeter, Rochester, NY
“Classical Flugelhorn CD arrived on Tuesday, I’ve listened to it 5 times already… Bravissimo! 2/11/05 “… you created a masterpiece in Trumpet Music from the Baroque, …it’s a favorite in my collection.” 2/23/05
David White – trumpet player
“….listened in the car last night… we were so moved by Purcell Rondo we had to play it again. Air of G String is ethereal, unlike any performance I have ever heard, your appoggiatura are tasteful and interesting, just right.” 2/6/05
The Classical Flugelhorn…”is WONDERFUL! I compare it to Barry Tuckwell’s “Mozart Horn Concertos, with English Chamber Orchestra.” 6/4/05
Trent Austin – Boston jazz trumpeter/recording artist
“… I love your flugel CD!” 6/19/05
Martin Berinbaum – trumpet recording artist/faculty University of British Columbia
“….I love your Flugelhorn CD…! …beautiful job..!
Jerome (“Jerry”) Callet – trumpet teacher/clinician/instrument and mouthpiece designer
“…I’m proud of you Frank….excellent collection of music, and very well played …!
Steve Haefner – trumpet, Tulsa Opera Orchestra/clinician/trumpet soloist
“…Well done…..enjoyed listening to your Flugelhorn CD…..Good luck..!”
Gyorgy Geiger – Hungarian trumpet recording artist, Budapest Radio Orchestra.
“ Frank that is an excellent interpretation of the French horn repertoire…like it very much..!“
Kalman Kovacs – Hungarian trumpet soloist, Hungarian Philharmonic
“ Congratulation and good luck with your Flugelhorn CD….!
Gregory Miller – French horn recording artist/faculty University Maryland School of Music
“ I listened over and over again…the flugelhorn CD is very special..!
Oscar Onoz – Cuban trumpeter/recording artist
“….can’t belive my ears how nice the flugelhorn sounds in the classical setting…WOW..!
Mark Perkins – French horn, commercial recording artist
“ Congratulations !….will post you on my website…..good playing and a nice collection on the CD..!
Philip Smith – principal trumpet, New York Philharmonic
“…Frank thank you for sharing your CD with me….congratulation, and good luck….”
Chase Sandborn – trumpet recording artist/clinician
“…Beautiful job on your Flugelhorn CD….like it very much..!”
Frank Behrens (Syndicated columnist)
..."I have lost track of how many times I have played "Trumpet Music from the Baroque"...
Frestliche Musik fur Trompete und Orgel – BON/Germany Stereo (LP no longer available)
Trumpet Music from the Baroque, Tromba Classics, www.trombaclassics.com
The Classical Flugelhorn, Tromba Classics, www.trombaclassics.com