Matthew Ernst, trumpet

Matthew Ernst currently serves as Principal Trumpet of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra,
appointed by Edo de Waart in 2016. He was previously the Principal Trumpet of the Cincinnati
Symphony Orchestra and Pops. Matthew was also a member of the Louisiana Philharmonic
Orchestra and acted as Principal Trumpet for the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and the Virginia
Symphony Orchestra.

A dedicated educator, Matthew has held teaching positions at the Round Top Festival Institute,
the University of Virginia, the University of New Orleans, and the New Orleans Center for the
Creative Arts. He and his wife, Janna Ernst—Vocal Coach at the Florentine Opera in
Milwaukee—tour extensively as a duo, giving performances and masterclasses across the

Matthew pursued his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan, where he
studied with William Campbell. He also received the school’s prestigious Emerging Artist
Award in 2016. He earned two Master of Music degrees from Southern Methodist University—
the first in trumpet performance, studying with Tom Booth of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra,
and the second in wind conducting. In addition to his degree work, Matthew was also a fellow at
Tanglewood Music Center and attended the Pacific Music Festival and Brevard Music Center.

Matthew resides in Shorewood, Wisconsin, with Janna and their two daughters, Madeleine and