Director of Brass Studies & Woodwind Studies + Trumpet
Rob Frear is a Professor of Music and Director of Brass and Woodwind Studies at California State University Long Beach. A founding member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, he has performed with global superstars Peter Gabriel, Garth Brooks, Earth, Wind and Fire, Journey, Chicago, Carrie Underwood, and Blue Man Group. As an active freelance trumpet player, he has appeared as Principal Trumpet with most of the Orchestras, Ballet, and Opera Companies in Southern California over the past four decades, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Opera, the Pacific Symphony, and the San Diego Symphony.
Formerly Solo Trumpet of the Israel Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta, he has received critical acclaim across five continents. "A trumpeter of unparalleled stamina" (The Glasgow Herald); "The Principal Trumpet player delivered his notes with Jedi-like laser focus" (The Saskatoon StarPhoenix). A sought-after performer of Bach’s extremely demanding "Brandenburg Concerto No. 2," the Ventura County Star wrote that "Frear floated effortlessly over the concertante."
He has performed on the soundtracks of over 100 motion pictures and television shows since 1991, including scores by Oscar-winning composers John Williams, Elmer Bernstein, James Horner, Jerry Goldsmith, Elliott Goldenthal, and Thomas Newman.
A graduate of Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights, CA, he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French from CSULB and a Master of Music Degree in trumpet performance from USC.
Rob Frear is a Yamaha Performing Artist.