Manny Laureano

Manny Laureano
  • HOMETOWN East Harlem, New York City
  • EDUCATION The Juilliard School
  • FUN FACT Manny is an assistant instructor at Minnetonka Martial Arts, where he holds a brown belt in Kenpo.

Principal Trumpet
Mr. And Mrs. Archibald G. Bush Chair

Principal Trumpet Manny Laureano, who joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1981 after four years as principal with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, has performed solos in all the Orchestra’s concert series and served as an assistant conductor during the 2005-06 season. In 1983 he performed the American premiere of the Wildgans Concerto for Trumpet with Leonard Slatkin conducting. In 2003 he premiered Stephen Paulus’ Concerto for Two Trumpets and Orchestra, which was written for him and Doc Severinsen, who was then the Orchestra’s principal pops conductor. His other solos with the Orchestra have included Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto, Copland’s Quiet City, Clarke’s Southern Cross, Vizzutti’s Compadre, Hertel’s Concerto a cinque in D major, Bach’s Second Brandenburg Concerto, and concertos by Arutunian and Tomasi. He has commissioned and performed several new pieces for trumpet and orchestra including works by Michael Gilbertson and Reinaldo Moya.

With bands and orchestras throughout the five-state area, Laureano is in great demand as a soloist, clinician and conductor. He has also led several series of Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerts. With his wife, Claudette, he serves as co-artistic director of the Minnesota Youth Symphonies. He is also entering his sixth season as music director of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music.