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Let’s make classical music history together. Let’s shape its future.

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About this project

Like any art form, classical music evolves over time. Different influences and artists make their mark, and what was old becomes an ingredient of something new. In this same way, the album I hope to record with your help is a whole new take.

Hi Everyone,

I’m Paul Merkelo, and for the last 18 years, I’ve played solo trumpet for one of the most prestigious orchestras in the world, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.

With your help, I’m hoping to record an album of classical trumpet pieces that have been more or less left to gather dust in the archives. How did that happen? I can’t really say. Maybe it’s because the three concertos I plan to reinterpret are considered among the most difficult works ever written for trumpet (I've been practicing hard). To this date, there only exists a handful of recordings of these masterpieces. Here are the advantages of doing it with the OSM:

  • OSM has long been regarded as one of the greatest interpreters of French repertoire,
  • Maison Symphonique is a new concert hall with one of the best acoustics in the world,
  • Maestro Kent Nagano and myself hope to give a fresh and innovative perspective.

So that’s where my big idea begins…

Despite my best efforts to record this album on the cheap, my heart kept bringing me back to Montreal’s brand new Maison Symphonique, and to my amazing colleagues of 18 years – the OSM. Recording with them, in this great hall, does not happen on a rinky-dink budget!

That’s where you come in. Because I alone can’t come up with the funds needed to pull this off. What’s more, if together we can raise more than that amount, there are many small details we can add to make the album even more memorable.

To do justice to these three concertos, we have to record them in a way that hasn’t been done before. I feel confident that the work we produce will inspire a whole new generation of listeners and even a new generation of aspiring trumpet players. In fact, Yamaha Music Corporation will include, as a gift, a limited number of CDs with the purchase of their new trumpets! How awesome is that?

What’s more, to put your money where my mouth is, 100% of MY royalties will go to The Paul Merkelo Scholarship Fund, which aims to encourage and support young musicians. 

Please contribute to this campaign, and participate in reframing classical music! Participating in the funding of this album is nothing less than being part of the history....

Together, let’s make a difference.

With thanks and gratitude,


For the classical music buffs reading this, the pieces we plan to record are 3 French concertos for trumpet: 

Here’s a few ways I’ve come up with to say thanks:



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Risks and challenges

While every large project has its ups and downs, risks, etc. I couldn't have prepared more for contingencies. All the legal agreements are in place with my colleagues of the OSM who will work on this music album. The rehearsals and recordings will start on November 9th, 2013. There is absolutely nothing that will stop me, us, getting this project album made. The only risk is the delay that could happen. We are planning to release the album by the end of Fall 2014. There is also a possibility that it could be released by the end of Summer 2014. We cross our fingers and work hard to make this dream come true as soon as possible.

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    Enjoy the sound of Paul’s trumpet ringing in your phone! Specially made for Kickstarter backers, this ringtone is a unique way to receive phone calls from your friends, reminding yourself about an important event, or even for a bracing wake up alarm! Note: Several formats are available to suit various kinds of phones

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    You will receive a signed poster with a creative design. Perfectly fits in your work environment or your house, to inspire you and enlighten your day | Poster’s dimensions: 24 / 36 inches

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    You will receive a CD copy of my new album, signed by myself and delivered to your door with a lot of thanks!

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    You will receive two concert tickets - one for you and one to spoil a friend - to a feature recital I will give at Montreal’s Segal Center, featuring a classical music repertoire with jazz influences. To boot, we’ll throw in a signed copy of the new album. Concert date: June 8, 2014.

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    You will receive a limited edition vinyl recording of the new album, signed by myself.

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    You will enjoy an exclusive Trumpet Master Class. I will give it anywhere in North America. It's a great opportunity to share my knowledge and tips and I would be more than happy to do it either for your university, your school, your festival or even your home. Please note: I will take care of all the travel fees.

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    Enjoy a private concert in your home! Whether for a special occasion or just for having friends over, I will perform repertoire that suits your event. The concert location must be within a 2-hour drive from Montreal. The concert can last up to 2 hours, and will include the participation of a pianist. Potential concert dates are: anytime after January, 2014. Feel free to message me if you have questions.

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    You will receive the most precious thing I’ve owned since I was a teenager: my first trumpet. I won all my jobs including principal trumpet in New Orleans Symphony, principal trumpet in Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, principal trumpet in the Montreal Symphony. It means a lot to me and that's why I am giving it away to the first person who will contribute $8,000. |
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    Bach C Trumpet – Stradivarius.
    Large Bore
    25 « Herseth » Leadpipe
    229 Bell
    Serial number 419933

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