Joel Brennan enjoys a diverse career performing as an orchestral, chamber, and solo musician. Joel has served as principal trumpet of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra (Japan) and Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra (Netherlands), and has appeared with orchestras in Korea, Turkey, Canada, and Australia.
As a soloist, Joel has performed works from Baroque to contemporary repertoire, including the United States premiere of Hans Werner Henze's Drei geistliche Konzerte. A proponent of contemporary music and chamber music, Joel has given solo and collaborative recitals in the United States, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Australia and Japan. He is a founding member of Reveille, a collective dedicated to exploring new paths for trumpet while connecting performers, composers and audiences in innovative ways.
Joel received his bachelor's degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and before pursuing graduate studies at the Yale School of Music where he is a recipient of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. His principal instructors have included Roy Poper, Jack Sutte, Allan Dean, and Arto Hoornweg. Awarded a Fulbright Grant 2007, Joel spent an intense year of performing, teaching and studying in the Netherlands.
Currently Lecturer in Brass at Melbourne University Conservatorium of Music (Australia), Joel has also been on faculty at Brandon University (Canada), served as assistant to Arto Hoornweg at the Utrecht Conservatory (Netherlands), and led trumpet ensembles and masterclasses at the Oberlin Trumpet Workshop (USA).