Joseph Damian Foley, a native of Concord, New Hampshire, enjoys a varied career as a much sought after performer and enthusiastic teacher. His performances have taken him to more than a dozen countries on four continents.
As an orchestral musician, Foley is principal trumpet of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) of Houston, TX. He has performed and toured with such prestigious ensembles as the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops, the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Ballet of London, and the New York Philharmonic.
He is a former founding member of the Atlantic Brass Quintet, which garnered grand prizes at six international chamber music competitions during his tenure. In addition he has performed with the Boston Symphony Brass Quintet, the Empire Brass, Burning River Brass, the Metropolitan Opera Brass, ALEA III, and at the Santa Fe, Buzzard’s Bay, and Newport Chamber Music Festivals.
An active soloist, he has performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Boston Classical Orchestra, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, the Pro Arte Chamber orchestra, and at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. Foley was soloist in the world premiere of the Trumpet Concerto by Harold Shapero. His first CD, “Nightsongs”, has been met with critical acclaim.
Foley attended Boston University as a Trustee Scholar (full four year academic scholarship), where he studied trumpet with Roger Voisin, Rolf Smedvig, and Peter Chapman, and composition with Samuel Headrick. He received both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees there, and was twice given the award for "Outstanding Brass Player." He also studied with James Pandolfi, Vince Penzerella, Julio Tancredi, and Arnold Jacobs.
A clinician for Conn-Selmer/Vincent Bach Corporation, he has given clinics and master classes around the world.
“Foley has a warmth of sound that permeates both lyrical and technical passages. His articulations are clear and crisp, and beautiful resonance is heard in all registers and all dynamic levels. The fluidity with which Foley performs large, slurred, melodic leaps is remarkable.”
— BRIAN SHOOK, INTERNATIONAL TRUMPET GUILD
“Exceptional performances came Saturday from principal trumpeter Joe Foley, whose opening fanfare ushered in those hair-raising chords that signal the start of the funeral march. Foley never forced the phrase but got it to float, to sing out..”
–Providence Journal, on Mahler Symphony #5
"... it's hard not to make special mention of the technical and lyrical qualities of Joseph Foley, a magnificent trumpet player gifted with an elegant power which confers a very special radiance to the ensemble."
-The Brass Bulletin, (Switzerland)