Growing up on a farm outside of Spartanburg, SC, Dr. Phillip Chase Hawkins serves as Principal Trumpet with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra a position he has held since 2013. He is an active performer on historical instruments as a member of Sonitus Clarissima Baroque Trumpets and Kettledrum Ensemble, Kentucky Baroque Trumpets, and Saxton’s Cornet Band. Hawkins can also be heard as a performing and recording artist for Nashville Music Scoring Studio and Sound Lair Studio. His previously held positions include Visiting Professor of Trumpet at Centre College and Interim Professor of Trumpet at the University of Kentucky, Principal Trumpet of the Genesee Valley Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Trumpet of the Greece Symphony Orchestra.
In January 2019, Hawkins released his debut solo album titled Great Southern Land: Australian Music for Trumpet by Brendan Collins. The album features works for trumpet and piano as well as pieces involving an additional solo voice. The album was recorded by Joel Crawford Recording and released on the Navona Records label, a PARMA Recordings imprint label. iTunes, Amazon, Naxos Direct, Barnes and Noble, Spotify, and other retailers.
Hawkins has appeared as Guest Principal Trumpet with the Louisville Orchestra and has performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Le Château de la Voix Baroque Orchestra, among others. He has appeared as guest soloist with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, and the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra.
Receiving several awards and achievements in solo competitions, Hawkins has gained both national and international recognition. In 2014, Hawkins won first prize in the Grand Valley State University International Solo Trumpet Competition. In 2013, Hawkins took first prize at the NABBA Solo Competition in the high lyric category. In 2012, he was the first-place winner of the National Trumpet Competition in the Graduate division, having taken second place in 2011, as well as winning first place in the National Brass Symposium Solo Competition. And in 2010, Hawkins was selected as a top 10 finalist in the Prague Spring International Solo Competition in Prague, Czech Republic.
Hawkins holds a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music (M.M.) degree from the University of Kentucky, as well as both Master of Music (M.M.) and Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degrees from the Eastman School of Music. At Eastman, Hawkins received the distinguished Performer’s Certificate, was the inaugural recipient of the Sidney Mear Trumpet Prize, and a Howard Hanson Scholarship recipient for academic merit.
Phillip Chase Hawkins is a Yamaha Performing Artist and Blackbinder Artist.