Theo Van Dyck is an emerging young artist quickly making a name for himself as a highly versatile trumpeter in New York City. With degrees from The Juilliard School and the Yale School of Music, he has performed as a classical and jazz artist in venues all around the world including Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Birdland Jazz Club, The Banff Centre, and The Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Theo has been a featured soloist with the Yale Philharmonia and Interlochen Academy Orchestra, as well as on the Charles Ives Concert Series and hit radio show A Prairie Home Companion.
Born in England, he grew up listening to his father sing with the Wells Cathedral Choir. At age seven, he moved to Maine and began playing the trumpet shortly afterwards. Soon after he began playing, he received a Downbeat Magazine award for Outstanding Performance as a jazz soloist, and in the same year took home the top prize in the Maine State Jazz Festival for his age category. When he was seventeen, Theo was a finalist for the National YoungArts Foundation, where he performed at the New World Center in Miami, FL and was a Presidential Scholar in the Arts nominee.
Theo earned a B.M. in trumpet performance from The Juilliard School under the study of Ray Mase and Mark Gould. During his time there, he performed in many different orchestras, chamber groups, and new music ensembles. He developed an affinity for new music and collaborated with many different composers, giving the world premiere of several works including Saad Haddad's Shifting Sands for trumpet and electronics. Most prominently he was featured on Juilliard's Beyond The Machine program performing his own electro-acoustic works in addition to Shifting Sands. Theo went on to earn a Masters Degree from the Yale School of Music, where he continued his classical music studies. While there, he also held the Jazz Studies teaching assistant position, which involved teaching students privately and playing in the Yale Jazz Ensemble.
Currently living in Manhattan, Theo is an active performer and teacher around the Tri-State area. Recently he has performed with both the San Antonio Symphony and the Binghamton Philharmonic and has recorded a piece scored for five trumpets and electric guitar on Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Du Yun's latest album. This summer, Theo collaborated with songwriter Paul Fitzgerald to launch the indie/folk band, Old Man & The Young. The band performs regularly around Connecticut and New York and will be releasing an album later this year.
Theo is a Larson Brasswerks performing artist and proudly endorses their trumpets.
All photos taken by Lauren Desberg.