ED HIRSCHMAN leads a multi-faceted life in music as an arranger, composer, publisher, sheet music retailer, band leader, sideman and mute manufacturer. He has founded and leads three ensembles, the Atlas Brass Quintet, Princeton Symphonic Brass and Thrice, a trio of piano, French horn and Trumpet. Ed has composed a number of works, including “Four Bridges,” winner of the Ars Nova Brass Quintet Composition Contest. He has arranged well over 200 works for wind quintet, brass quintet, brass ensemble, brass trio and piano. His arrangement of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” was recorded by the New York Philharmonic for its 2020 Holiday Brass Concert conducted by Phil Smith.
Ed’s works are published and sold by his sheet music company, artofsoundmusic.com, which sells over 1,500 works by 100 composers and arrangers. As a trumpet player, Ed is at home as a soloist or group member in church services, wedding ceremonies, big bands, rock bands, chamber ensembles and orchestras.
His mute company Hirschmanmutes.com makes a variety of models for trombone and trumpet, and its recent KR Indigo line of plungers (co-designed by Kenny Rampton of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra) are favored by many of the world’s top trumpet players, including Wayne Bergeron, Randy Brecker, Tom Hooten, Arturo Sandoval and Thomas Gansch.