Isaac Pulford was born into a very musical and artistic family and developed a passion for music at an early age. It was at the age of nine that he began studying trumpet privately with Jeff Reynolds. In 1991, Mr. Pulford decided to leave his hometown of Toronto, Ontario to attend high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Northern Michigan. It was there that he continued his trumpet studies with John Lindenau.
Mr. Pulford was accepted into the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music, where he attained his Bachelors of Music Degree in trumpet performance in 1998. While in Cleveland, he studied with the principal trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra, Michael Sachs.
Pursuing his musical education further, Mr. Pulford then received an Artist Diploma in 1999 from the Vancouver Academy of Music where he studied with Larry Knopp, principal trumpet of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. While living in Vancouver, he was the first place recipient of the CBC Radio West Coast Spotlight Award and a finalist in the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Solo Competition. Throughout his career, Mr. Pulford has had the fortune of studying with other great trumpet pedagogues, including the late Vincent Cichowicz, Chris Gekker, and James Darling.
In 2000, Mr. Pulford won the second trumpet position with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. Soon after, in 2001, he auditioned and won the second trumpet position with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. During the seven years that Mr. Pulford was a member of the MPO, he was able to tour and perform in Singapore, Japan, China, Taiwan, and Australia. He also participated in five major recording projects with the MPO. While performing in the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Pulford had the great privilege of working under many inspiring batons, including Kees Bakels, Lorin Maazel, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, and Osmo Vanska.
Mr. Pulford moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba in 2009, after winning the third/utility trumpet audition for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. He is also a proud member of the Manitoba Conservatory for Music and Arts, having joined the faculty in 2010.
In His Spare Time
In his free time, Mr. Pulford enjoys golfing, cooking, and spending time with his dog and two cats. He is happy to be back in Canada, where he can watch and play as much hockey as time permits! A “glutton for punishment”, Mr. Pulford is a die-hard Toronto Maple Leafs fan.