Marcus Goddard, Associate Principal Trumpet

Marcus Goddard is an award-winning composer and internationally respected trumpet player with a large body of innovative work for orchestra, chamber ensemble, and solo instruments with electronics. Described by New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini as “atmospheric” and by Bill Richardson as possessing a “shimmering, translucent, winning eloquence”, Goddard’s music is influenced by and reflects the elemental forces of nature.

Goddard’s award-winning string quartets have received hundreds of performances by quartets across Europe and the Americas in venues such as Carnegie Hall and New World Center. The Archytas Quartet recently recorded an album dedicated to three of Goddard’s works for strings featuring Allaqi, Wind, Sand and Stars, and his newest string quartet, Three Wings.

Goddard has composed a Violin Concerto for soloist Rachel Barton Pine, a Cello Concerto for Ariel Barnes and has collaborated with a wide variety of artists. Goddard and Mohawk-Acadian artist Lindsay Dobbin recently created a multi-media work titled Confluence that focuses on water’s power to connect and transform. A collaboration with Nisga’a artist Mike Dangeli and standing Wave Ensemble produced the multi-movement work Raven Tales. During the 2020-21 season Goddard collaboratively joined with National Geographic photographers Cristina Mittermeier, Paul Nicklen, and Yo Yo Ma to create a multi-media work honouring the wild and awe-inspiring spaces of the Antarctic. Goddard is the Composer in Association and Associate Principal Trumpet with the Grammy and Juno Award-winning Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Composer in Residence with the Victoria Symphony.