Micah Wilkinson

Principal Trumpet
Martha Brooks Robinson Principal Trumpet Chair

Wilkinson is a wizard, the peer in technical skill and beautiful sound of the greatest trumpet virtuosos of the past.   
- San Diego U-T Tribune

Micah Wilkinson has enjoyed a varied career as an orchestral musician, soloist, chamber artist, and teacher. He was appointed Principal Trumpet of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra by Manfred Honeck in September 2017, following the PSO’s  highly successful European Festivals Tour. He begins his tenure with the PSO in January 2018.

Wilkinson comes to the Pittsburgh Symphony from the San Diego Symphony, where he served as Principal Trumpet for three years. He previously held positions with the Houston Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, and the Tucson Symphony. Professional summer festival appearances have included the Cabrillo Festival; the Astoria Music Festival, where he was a soloist in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2; the Sunriver Festival, and the Brevard Music Center.

Wilkinson performed to rave reviews as a featured soloist with the San Diego Symphony. He was recognized for his “complete confidence and refreshing catalogue of contrasting colors” (San Diego Story). In Copland’s Quiet City, “Wilkinson’s virtue was taming the brilliance he employs so well in many massive orchestrations to that gentle, liquid line Copland required. His suave solos recalled many a sweet cornet solo, but with that subtle edge of trumpet verve” (San Diego Story). At the 2017 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Hershey, PA, he was a featured artist, performing a “beautiful recital, which showcased (his) technical finesse…ably highlighting multiple facets of his outstanding playing.” (ITG)

Wilkinson is an accomplished teacher, clinician, and chamber music coach. In the summers, he serves as a teaching artist at the Round Top Festival Hill Institute in Round Top, TX. He also has served on the faculties of the University of Houston and Portland State University.

Wilkinson grew up in Norcross, Georgia. A proud graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, he pursued additional studies at Arizona State University and the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany. His primary teachers include Martin Hodel, David Hickman, Larry Black, and Anthony Plog. He lives in Upper St. Clair with his wife Stefani, a professional oboist; their beautiful daughters Eleanor and Amelia; and their goofy Basset Hound Barber.