In the Loop
Guest Recital

Matt Vangjel, Trumpet | Guest Artist Recital

  • Date & Time
    • Monday, February 24, 2020 5:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Cost
    • Free
  • Description

    The UF Gator Trumpet Studio invites the public to a recital presented by Matt Vangjel, Assistant Professor of Trumpet from Louisiana State University. As a soloist, Dr. Vangjel’s first solo album, Still and Quiet Places, was released by Summit Records in October of 2019. He is also a member of the Mirari Brass Quintet (Ariel Artists), celebrated flugelhornist with the internationally acclaimed British-style brass band in Kansas City - Fountain City Brass Band (FCBB), and recently appointed principal trumpet with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Vangjel will be accompanied by pianist, and LSU’s newly appointed Professional-in-Residence, Elena Lacheva.


    Two Images (2005) - Joseph Turrin (b. 1947)
    I. with expression and movement (2:03)

    Kindertotenlieder (1904) - Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
    I. Nun will die Sonn' so Hell aufgeh'n  (4:53)
    II. Nun seh' ich wohl, warum so dunkle Flammen  (4:09)
    III. Wenn dein Mütterlein  (3:51)
    IV. Oft denk' ich, sie sind nur ausgegangen!  (3:01)
    V. In diesem Wetter!  (5:50)


    Still and Quiet Places - David Biedenbender (b. 1984) (6:25)

    Siete Canciones Populares Españolas (1914; 2018) - Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
    I. El paño moruno  (1:24)
    II. Seguidilla Murciana  (1:16)
    III. Asturiana  (2:24)
    IV. Jota  (3:22)
    V. Nana  (2:07)
    VII. Polo  (1:24)

    Over the Rainbow (2018) - Harold Arlen (1905-1986), arr. Alex Noppe  (4:40)

    Matt Vangjel

    Matthew Vangjel is the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he teaches trumpet and coaches chamber music. Previously, he held positions at the University of Texas-San Antonio and the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. Vangjel is a passionate music educator and frequently spends his free time teaching at camps and studying pedagogy. In the summer, he can be found at LSU’s Stately Oaks Summer Camp and coaching the National Youth Brass Band of America. He also taught at the University of Costa Rica’s brass camp, Foro Bronces 2017, in San Jose.

    In addition to his current duties at LSU, Vangjel is an active performer locally and nationally. Currently, he is a member of the Mirari Brass Quintet (Ariel Artists) with whom he maintains an active touring schedule both in the United States and abroad. Recently, Mirari spent two weeks touring China and released its second album, renewed, reused, recycled. Vangjel is also a member of the internationally acclaimed Fountain City Brass Band (FCBB), a British-style brass band based in Kansas City, KS. He can be heard as solo flugelhorn on all of the FCBB albums and as a featured soloist on Over the Rainbow and Celtic Impressions.

    In the summer of 2019, Vangjel won the principal trumpet position with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, and the Kansas City Symphony. He has been called upon as a featured soloist with the Fort Smith Symphony, Northland Symphony Orchestra, and the Kansas City Civic Orchestra. His first solo album, Still and Quiet Places, was released by Summit Records in October of 2019. 

    Vangjel studied at the University of Missouri - Kansas City (DMA), the University of Michigan (MM), and James Madison University (BM- Music Education). His primary teachers include Keith Benjamin, Bill Campbell, Jim Kluesner, and Nancy Taylor. He loves making music with his trumpet-playing wife, Jena, and family couch time with their dog, Beaux. Geaux Tigers!

    Elena Lacheva 

    Newly appointed to the Professional-in-Residence position at Louisiana State University, Ms. Lacheva continues to serve as the Program Director of the Collaborative Piano Institute - the summer program for current and potential collaborative pianists she co-created. In 2019, Ms. Lacheva joined the New Orleans Opera production team for Rigoletto and Carmen, and will return in 2020 for Charlie Parker's Yardbird by Schnyder. Before joining the LSU faculty in 2017, Ms. Lacheva held a vocal coaching position with the Moores Opera Center at the University of Houston, and assisted with several productions at Opera in the Heights.

    As a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, she was involved in the rehearsal process and performances of Wagner's Das Rheingold, Weinberg's The Passenger (in Houston, and at the Lincoln Center Festival in New York) among others, and performed extensively with the Studio singers in recitals in Texas and Louisiana.

    Ms. Lacheva completed her collaborative piano studies with Martin Katz at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance in 2012 and that summer she was an apprentice coach in the Merola Program at the San Francisco Opera Center. The previous summer she was a Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center where she helped prepare Stravinsky’s Renard for the Mark Morris Dance Group.

    Ms. Lacheva has performed internationally as a soloist, collaborative pianist, and a member of the Aelia Piano Duo in Vienna, Orvieto, Prague, Berlin, and Reykjavík, and maintains an active recital schedule. 

  • Venue
    Music Building Room 101 (MUB 101)
    435 Newell Dr.
    Music Building Room 101 (MUB 101) Website