Notes & Reviews:
Mark Ponzo holds the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music with the Performer’s Certificate. Dr. Ponzo is a Full Professor at Northern Illinois University, where he joined the faculty in 1990. His principal teachers include John Hagstrom, Barbara Butler, Charles Schlueter, George Coble, and Richard Jones. Mark is Solo Cornet with The New Sousa Band and Illinois Brass Band as well as Principal Trumpet of the Fox Valley Orchestra and Antiqua Baroque Consort. He has been a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Mexico City Philharmonic, and Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. Mark has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Music of the Baroque, Elgin Symphony, Chicago Brass Quintet, Illinois Chamber Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Northwest Indiana Philharmonic, New Philharmonic, Illinois Philharmonic, Millar Brass and Light Opera Works.
American Record Guide, March/April 2015
It's great when a cornet sounds the way a cornet should sound: round and sweet most of the time, incisive only occasionally. Ponzo has the ideal sound and the flexible, expressive style. Pianist Jeong Soo Kim, Ponzo's NIU colleague, plays with authority, skill, and great feeling. I'm perplexed about the opening of Clarke's 'Shores'.
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Tchaikovsky: Music for Piano & Orchestra / Lowenthal, Comissiona, London SO
Bach in Los Angeles - J.S. Bach: 15 Inventions, BWV 772-786; Suite for solo cello No. 1 et al. / Jacques Bono, electric bass; Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, violin
Wihan Quartet: Smetana - String Quartets
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos nos 1 & 2 / Simon Trpceski (piano) Royal Liverpool PO, Vasily Petrenko
Lost Trumpet Treasures - Cellier, Absil, Bozza, Vidal, et al. / Jason Dovel, trumpet; Edward Neeman, piano; Vince DiMartino, cornet
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The Golden Age of the Cornett - Music from the Italian Baroque / William Dongois, cornetto
Paganini: 24 Caprices, Op. 1 / Dóra Seres, flute
Uraufnahmen: Primal Recordings - original works by Duda, Nather & Roiker / Andreas Martin Hofmeir, tuba