A native of Lima, Peru, Elmer Churampi began playing trumpet when he was four years old, studying with his father, a trumpeter who plays with Peruvian popular style bands. At age 10, he won his first concerto competition and then proceeded to win in the following two years, as well. At age 13, he was accepted with full scholarship to the Interlochen Arts Academy, graduating in 2013. Churampi has played for National Public Radio’s From the Top radio program. In 2014, he won the Music Teachers National Association competition in Chicago. He won the 2013 YoungArts Competition and also the 2013 Jack Kent Cooke Award.
In 2015, Elmer won the National Trumpet Competition (NTC), March 21 at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA. Elmer, a student of BSO trumpeter Benjamin Wright, won first prize as a soloist in the Vincent Bach Undergraduate Division. He was awarded $500 and a trip to the Vincent Bach factory in Elkhart, IN to customize his own new Bach Stradivarius trumpet. At NEC, he has performed both in classical and jazz ensembles and has performed concerto solos as the result of winning concerto competitions.