Riley Mulherkar

Riley Mulherker


The Westerlies

Trumpeter Riley Mulherkar is a founding member of The Westerlies, a new music brass quartet. He has worked with Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Alan Cumming, and Anna Deavere Smith, and also serves as artistic director for jazz at Joye in Aiken. Mulherkar holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, where he received the Knowles Prize for Jazz and the Peter Mennin Prize for outstanding achievement and leadership in music. He is also an inaugural recipient of Juilliard’s Marks Fellowship, as well as the Laurie Frink Career Grant at the Festival of New Trumpet Music. Mulherkar is actively engaged in educational outreach, founding the music program at START Osceola, directing the Summer Advanced Institute at Seattle JazzEd, and serving as an ambassador for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Jazz for Young People” program in New York and St. Louis.

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