Chris Fensom joined the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as Principal Trumpet in 2017. Prior to moving to Winnipeg, Mr. Fensom held positions with the Charlotte Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony. He has been a guest artist with many other orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, the Montreal Symphony and the Cincinnati Symphony. He has also enjoyed touring and recording with many of these ensembles.
During summers, Mr. Fensom has performed at the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Tanglewood Music Center, the National Orchestral Institute, the Spoleto Festival, and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. He can also be heard on the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony recordings. He has also been fortunate in his travels to study with members of the Vienna Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra brass sections.
Mr. Fensom holds a Master of Music degree in Performance and Literature with a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he studied with Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer. He also graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Music, where he studied with James Thompson, Charlie Daval, and Bob Earley. Mr. Fensom lives in Winnipeg with his wife, Tara, and their daughter, Hannah. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist and plays Yamaha trumpets.