The Trumpet Campus has the following stipulations:
Students enrolled will have lesson opportunities with the following teachers and their respective available times as follows for the duration of Italian Brass Week:
The daily schedule will be as follows:
9:00-12:00: Individual Lessons
18:00-19:00: Orchestral Excerpts class
21:30: Evening Concerts
23:30 (or directly after the Evening Concerts): Jam sessions with jazz soloists of the festival at the Pub
The group masterclasses and the concerts are included in the cost of tuition. It's not required to audition to participate in these.
At the end of the Masterclasses, you will be awarded with a Diploma from the Italian Brass Week.
Sergei Nakariakov has broken through more than a few of the perceived boundaries framing the world of the trumpet in classical music. Dubbed "The Paganini of the trumpet" by the Finnish press after a performance at the Korsholm Festival when he was only 13 years old, and in 1997 "Caruso of the Trumpet" by Musik und Theater, Sergei has developed a unique musical voice, which is, much more than a vehicle for astonishing virtuosity. His repertoire includes not only the entire range of original literature for the trumpet; but is continually expanding into broader territories, including many fascinating transcriptions, while he searches for ever new means of musical expression. At the same time, he has single-handedly brought the flügelhorn to prominence on the concert platform.
Born in Gorky in 1977, Sergei began to play the piano when he was six years old, but moved on to the trumpet, after a spine injury in 1986 curtailed his piano studies. In the early years, his father tirelessly sought various trumpet teachers, however Sergei pays tribute to the technical and musical gifts he has learned from his father, Mikhail Nakariakov, who has transcribed a large repertoire of classical concertos for the trumpet - and with whom he studied daily from the very beginning, and since 1995 exclusively.
From the age of ten Sergei started to perform with orchestras in major concert halls of the Soviet Union. In 1988, he got a diploma at a brass competition for adults. It became clear that in order to develop his carrier and to travel, he had to leave the Soviet Union. His hometown Nizhni Novgorod was a closed city! His family made the decision to move to Israel in order to give him the liberty to travel. In 1991 he enjoyed great success at the Ivo Pogorelich Festival in Bad Wörishofen. In August of the same year he made his debut together with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra at the Salzburg Festival. One year later 1992 Sergei was a guest at the “Schleswig - Holstein Musikfestival” where he was awarded the "Prix Davidoff" . Since then he has appeared in many of the worlds leading centers of music, including the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the Lincoln Center in New York, the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Albert Hall in London. He performs in festivals in most European countries. He tours for several weeks each year in Japan and also appears as guest soloist in North America and Canada. He is collaborating with the world's most feted musicians, orchestras and conductors, most recently in Paris at the Théâtre des Champs Élysées with the St.Petersburg Philharmonic and Yuri Temirkanov. His international touring schedule includes performances in the foremost concert series all over the world, both with orchestra and in recital - accompanied by his sister pianist Vera Okhotnikova or Belgian pianist Maria Meerovitch.
On Oct. 13. 2002 Sergei Nakariakov received the ECHO Klassik Award on ZDF as instrumentalist of the year from the German Phono-Academy.
On Jan. 18. 2006 Sergei Nakariakov premiered “ad absurdum” with the Munich Chamber Orchestra, a concerto specially composed for Sergei Nakariakov by Jörg Widmann, It features his unusual circular breathing capabilities. On Oct. 05. 2007 Sergei Nakariakov performed “ad absurdum” with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jiri Belohlavek at the Barbican in London.
On May 20. 2006 Sergei Nakariakov served as a member of the jury at the “BBC Young Musician of the Year 2006” Competition at Newcastle Gateshead in England.
Sergei Nakariakov's discography with TELDEC CLASSICS INTERNATIONAL (WARNER) has drawn the most enthusiastic public and critical acclaim; and incorporates the most famous trumpet concertos as well as two recital albums of virtuoso music for trumpet by Bizet, Paganini, de Falla, Gershwin and Rimski-Korsakow with pianist Alexander Markovitch. The "Élégie" recording, with pianist Vera Nakariakova, includes a selection of famous romantic works for voice and piano transcribed for trumpet and piano. "Concertos for Trumpet" features transcriptions for trumpet and flügelhorn of string concertos by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Hoffmeister. The French magazine: "Repertoire" gave it the highest classification: "R10 - Coup de foudre". "NO LIMIT" was awarded the RTL d'Or. "From Moscow with love" features Russian Concertos. His most recent CD is “Echoes from the past”, with trumpet concertos originally written for bassoon and violoncello, written by Hummel, Mozart, Weber and Camille Saint-Saens. In Japan he appeared in a romantic film production impersonating a Russian trumpet player: “Taiga-no itteki”. He also played in the soundtrack of the film.
Highpoint of the season 2009 / 2010 was Sergei Nakariakov's premiere of the trumpet concerto "PIETA" by Christian Jost dedicated to Chet Baker, with the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg in the Laeiszhalle November 22nd and 23rd.
SERGEI NAKARIAKOV plays instruments by ANTOINE COURTOIS PARIS www.nakariakov.com
Otto Sauter is well-known as one of the world‘s leading trumpet soloists. As a specialist on the piccolo trumpet, the German musician has already appeared in all major concert halls.
Otto Sauter‘s musical talent was encouraged at an early age: born on the shores of Lake Constance, he was given his first trumpet lessons when he was only 4 years old. At the age of 16 he continued his musical training with Claude Rippas at the Winterthur Conservatoire, where he received his teaching and orchestral diploma in 1984 and his soloist diploma one year later. After graduating, Otto Sauter pursued further studies with Bo Nilsson in Sweden and Pierre Thibaud in Paris.
From 1988 until 1998 he was appointed principal trumpet in the Bremen State Philharmonic Orchestra. In this north German City, he devoted a lot of energy to furthering the careers of young artists. Since 1991 he has been artistic director of the annual Bremen International Trumpet Festival, which is one of the world‘s leading events for brass players. In 1994 Otto Sauter founded the Bremen Trumpet Academy, which under his guiding hand offered the most gifted young trumpet players from all over the world a unique training programme.
Sauter also does a good deal of teaching at international colleges, like the Bremen Academy of Arts, the Toho Gakuen School for Music in Tokyo and the Universidad Metropolitana de Santiago de Chile.
Otto Sauter is one of the most sought-after soloists on the piccolo trumpet. In December 1995 he played with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London in the presence of HRH Prince Charles at St. James‘s Palace. 1998 saw him giving a guest performance at the Vatican as part of a concert to mark the foundation of the ‚German Society for the Restoration of the Vatican Art Treasures‘. In August 2000 he played in St. Peter‘s Square for Pope John Paul II. and 50.000 visitors together with the Philharmonia Hungarica during the Festa Musica Pro Mundo VNO. Since spring 2001 he plays regularly with his own cycle of spiritual music "Elevazione Spirituale“ at the Vatican. In April 2001 Otto Sauter played together with the China National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Muhai Tang in the Forbidden City in Beijing.
When UNICEF-Germany celebrated its 50th anniversary, Otto Sauter decided to initiate and give a series of concerts in the most beautiful and important churches all over Germany. He also played the opening gala-concert of the "Schafhof-Festival“ for UNICEF of Ann-Kathrin Linsenhoff, the former World Champion in dressage and winner of the Olympic Gold Medal, in cooperation with the Hesschische Rundfunk Frankfurt.
Each year he invites renowned international artists like Montserrat Caballé or Bobby McFerrin, to give a joint concert for the "Otto Sauter Foundation“, at the Classic-Open Air of the "Hohentwiel-Festival“ on the shores of Lake Constance.
With EMI Classics, Otto Sauter started his CD series of world premiere recordings "World of Baroque“, with concerts from his music collection containing about 600 rediscovered compositions of baroque and early classical masters like A. Scarlatti, G. Reutter or J. M. Molter, that were not peformed in the last 250 years.
Besides the baroque repertory, Otto Sauter dedicated himself to the enlargement of contemporary original literature for piccolo trumpet. He commissioned works by Julien Francois Zbinden, Harald Genzmer and Jan Koetsier. In 2004 he presented three world premieres of pieces of the Czech composer Juraj Filas, whose teacher was a student of Dvorák. Two of them took place on the Beethoven Fest Bonn: The concert for piccolo trumpet and symphony orchestra, with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, that was characterized as "Music as emotional vehement as Mahler and melodic as beautiful as Puccini“ (Bonner Rundschau) and Filas‘ "Apassionata“ for trumpet and organ.
In the Berlin and Cologne Philharmony, Otto Sauter premiered the trumpet concerto for piccolo trumpet and symphony orchestra, the international renowned Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis wrote for him, in october 2008 (directed by Gert Hof/arrangement Robert Gulya).
Following his motto "Remarkable Music Needs Remarkable Places“, Otto Sauter celebrated the inauguration of the first "Wartburg-Festival“ in May 2004. On the legendary Wartburg – the UNESCO
World Cultural Heritage, where Martin Luther translated the bible - he invited good friends and internationally reknowned artists like Lucia Aliberti, Justus Frantz, Klaus Mertens, Matthias Eisenberg, Spanish Brass, The Power of Parsifal, Ten of the Best and many more to join in a fascinating festival.
In July 2005 Otto Sauter inaugurated the first international choir- and music festival "Musica Sacra a Roma“ in Rome and at the Vatican. Because of its symbiosis of masterpieces of arts and culture, the festival became a unique event in the fascinating scenery of the "Eternal City“ of Rome and the Vatican. World stars in music, like the Italian Soprano Lucia Aliberti, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, the organ players Michael Schönheit and Christian Schmitt and many more, came together with 32 choirs from more than 20 nations in exclusive festival concerts all in Rome‘s most beautiful and important churches, to set a sign for ecumenism and the unifi cation of all nations in the world.
Patron of the festival is Cardinal Paul Poupard, President of the Pontifi cium Consilium De Cultura, Vatican.
In 2006 - on the occasion of the 250th birthday of W. A. Mozart - he initiated the "Little Amadeus & Friends Aktionstag“ for German grammar schools together with Peter Will the television producer of the succesful children’s TV series. The cartoon series was awarded with the "Echo Klassik“ for children in 2006. The project under the protectorate of the German Mozart-Society aims at familiarizing children with classical music in an entertaining way. The "Little Amadeus & Friends Aktionstag“ is supported by several important German institutions: Deutscher Musikrat, DOV, BDMV, Deutsche Phonoakademie, VDS, VdM etc. In 2007/8 he started as artistic director the "Little Amadeus Live“ concert series and played 80 concerts in 40 cities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
In addition to his work as a soloist, Otto Sauter regularly causes a sensation with his ensemble "Ten of the Best“, which brings ten of the world‘s best trumpeters together under one roof. They regularly go on concert tours in Japan, the USA and Europe. In August 2001 they launched the inauguration of the new Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, with a fanfare especially composed for Europe’s most modern football stadium, in front of 70.000 spectators.
Highlight 2006 under his Artistic Direction was the "Playtime Live City Concert Tour“ during the Football World Championship supported by the Organising Committee FIFA World Cup 2006. The festival took place under the patronage of Dr. Theo Zwanziger (Vicepresident OK FIFA WM 2006)all over Germany and was launched from the FIFA to demonstrate and celebrate the diversity and hospitality of Germany. The festival presented a music selection of the great football continents in 16 concerts (free of charge) in cities like Bremen, Ludwighafen, Trier, on islands like Rügen or Norderney, and at representative public places as well as historic sites like the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, Semperoper or the market place in Händel’s hometown Halle. At the festival Otto Sauter presented "Ten of the Best plus one“ that on request of the FIFA was adjusted to 11 players like a football team and "The Power of Parsifal“, an All-Star Team of renowned international jazz musicians, both appearing with the symphony orchestras of the concert cities.
Otto Sauter works with orchestras and artists like RSO Prag, RSO MDR and HR, Tcheque Philharmony, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Bach collegium Leipzig, Sinfonia Varsovia, Münchner Kammerorchester, Capella Istropolitana, Edita Gruberova, José Carreras, Gösta Winberg, Ivo Porgorelich, Elena Bashkirova, Jochen Kowalski, Mario Adorf, Michael Mendl, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Poppen, Marcello Viotti.
Francisco “Pacho” Flores is a first-prize winner of the Maurice André International Competition, the world's most important trumpet contest. A product of the ground-breaking Venezuelan System of Youth and Children Orchestras (El Sistema), he is becoming increasingly recognized for his outstanding performing and recording activity that spans the solo, chamber, and orchestral media. Equally at home in the classical and folk styles, Mr. Flores captivates audiences with his energetic delivery and beautiful tone.
His solo performances include appearances with orchestras such as the Kiev Philharmonic, the St. Petersburg Camerata, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, the Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine, the NHK Symphony orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony orchestra, the Osaka Philharmonic, and the Simón Bolívar Orchestra of Venezuela. In recital, he has performed in venues such as the New York Carnegie Hall, the Paris Salle Pleyel and the Tokyo Opera City. A founding member of the Venezuelan Simón Bolívar Brass Quintet, he has toured with the quintet extensively in Europe, South America, the United States, and Japan. An experienced orchestral musician, Mr. Flores has played first trumpet in the Simón Bolívar Orchestra of Venezuela, the Saito Kinen Orchestra, and the Miami Symphony, under the direction of Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle, Seiji Ozawa, Giusseppe Sinopoli, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, and Gustavo Dudamel, among others.
A founding director of the Latin American Trumpet Academy in Caracas, he mentors a promising generation of budding musicians and is a frequent guest at conservatories in Finland, Spain, France, Japan, and Latin America. Mr. Flores is an avid champion of new music and is bringing about important innovations to trumpet performance and fabrication.
His repertoire includes commissions and premieres of works by composers such as Roger Boutry, Efraín Oscher, Giancarlo Castro, and Santiago Báez. A Stomvi artist, he performs with instruments tailored specially for him by this prestigious builder. Francisco "Pacho" Flores recently became an exclusive artist with Deutsche Grammophon and will produce with this leading label a series of recordings that represent his rich and varied musical interests.
Andrea was born in Viareggio (Lucca, Italy) on July 26, 1965 and began to study music and trumpet in1975in the wind ensemble of his village Torre del Lago Puccini with some musicians close to Dean Benedetti, the famous italo-american jazz saxophonist mentioned in all official Charlie Parker biographies. In1979, at the age of 14, Andrea started working locally with some professional big bands and commercial music groups, and in1981he began performing professionally in the classical music field too, while simultaneously attending the Conservatory at the "Istituto Musicale Pareggiato L. Boccherini" in Lucca (Italy). In 1987 Andrea finished his Conservatory studies withhighest full marks, graduatingcum laude. That same year he studied withArmando Ghitalla(soloist trumpet with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and teacher at the University of Michigan) and consolidated his jazz studies with O. Valdambrini and S. Fanni, trumpet soloists of the RAI Television Orchestras in Rome and Milan.
In the jazz music field, Andrea has performed with great jazz musicians likeMaynard Fergusonand hisBig Bop Nouveau Band (in Italy, London and United States 2000/03/05/06),Randy BreckerandClaudio Roditi(Luxemburg Trumpet Summit 2007, ITG 2012),Peter Erskine(1996 Italian Tour),Gino Vannelli(Italian Tours 2012 and 2016),Kenny Wheeler, Tom Harrell, Paul Jeffrey, Dave Liebman, Steve Swallow, Eric Marienthal, Brad Leali, Butch Miles, Carmen Bradford, Dusko Gojkovich, Frank Foster, Till Brönner, New York Voices, Valery Ponomarev, Carl Anderson, Lee Konitz, John Taylor, Palle Daniellson, Denis DiBlasio, Lew Soloffas well as the greatest italian jazzmen like Enrico Rava, Bruno Tommaso, Massimo Nunzi, Paolo Fresu, Gianni Basso, Stefano Bollani, Giorgio Gaslini, Gianluigi Trovesi, Henghel Gualdi and many others.
He performed as soloist and/or lead trumpet also with theAtlanta Seventeen Big Band, Joe Gransden Big Band, Rowan University Big Band, New England Jazz Ensemble, San Diego State University Jazz Band, RCC Wind Ensemble Honor Band, Upland HS Jazz Band, Deer Valley HS Jazz Band (USA), Sandvika Storband (Norway), Yuzo Kataoka All-Star Big Band (Japan), Ralph Pyl’s All-Star Big Band (Australia), Luxembourg Jazz Orchestra, Opus78 Big Band, Harmonie Bascharage (Luxemburg), Dani Felber Big Band, SMZ Big Band, ZHdK Big Band (Switzerland) e Jazzorchester Karlsruhe (Germany).
On September 20th, 2006, he has been invited to perform as soloist at the “Maynard Ferguson Tribute” at the Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis (Usa), now released also in dvd (2007).
Moreover, in 2014 Andrea accepted to join the prestigious “Board of Directors” of theInternational Trumpet Guildand has been elected until 2019 by official votation of the ITG international members. He performed as soloist at the ITG Conferences in2008(Banff Center, Canada),2010(Sidney, Australia) and2012(Columbus University, Georgia, USA) and2015(Columbus, Ohio, USA).
In 2008 he received theVisa O-1 for Extraordinary Ability in the Artsfrom the United States of America Government.
In 1999 Andrea recorded his firstsolo CDentitled "Mattia's Walk& Tribute to Maynard Ferguson"released by the Italian label Splasc(H) Records. His second solo CD,"Ricordo di...Napoli"a tribute to Neapolitan Italian music, was released by the Italian label, Fonotecnica, in 2001. During his USA 2005 Tour he recorded with the Artisan Brass the “Romantic Celebration” suite for jazz trumpet and brass quintet, dedicated to him by the Grammy-Nominated composer Brent Pierce. In 2008, the italian classical composer Antonio Giacometti dedicated to him the soloist part of“Antarctica”,symphonic poem for soloist trumpet and wind ensemble. In 2010 new recordings have been released: his new CD“Flamingo”(ACM Records, USA) recorded at the LMP Studios in Claremont (CA, USA) and the“Earth Games 2012”suite (Summit Records, USA), dedicated to him by the italian composer Nicola Ferro.
The“More Than Just Friends”cd recorded with the Dani Felber Big Band (Switzerland) won the prestigious “Swiss Jazz Award”in 2009, while the“Portrait of Dani”album, released by Dani Felber in 2015 and including Andrea’s solo performance of the“This is For My Friend Andrea Tofanelli”composition, won a Platinum Record in Switzerland.
As session man, Andrea has recorded more of 500 albums from Pop to Jazz and soundtracks, many of them winners of Golden and Platinum Records in Italy and above.
Aboutvideos and movies, Andrea appeares as a trumpet player in the Italian movie “Le ragazze di San Frediano”, and plays in the pop music videos “Lorenzo, Raccolto 1997” (Polygram), “Pavarotti & Friends 2000, For Cambodia and Tibet” (Decca), “Ti Adoro” with Pavarotti (2003) and also in the “Maynard Ferguson Tribute Concert” jazz dvd (2007). On 2008 has be released in Italy the “Jazz Istruzioni per L’Uso” dvd, where he performs as soloist. On 2009 he appeared playing soloist and lead trumpet in all the 12 dvds of the “La Grande Storia del Jazz” collection released by the Espresso-Repubblica magazine.
He recorded a lot ofsoundtracksfor Italian movies, and also composed and performed the original soundtrack for the Italian movie “Il Segreto degli Alberi” (2012) together with pianist R. Arrighini.
He also has been performing in Italy in manyRAI, MEDIASET, LA7, TMC and SKY networks TV shows (more than 100 to date)and recorded severalTV commercialsfor some of the most elite recording studios in Italy.
Starting from 2006 he collaborates with thePaul Ankaorchestra, both in Europe (European Tours 2007 and 2008) and in the USA, and performed withGino Vannelliin his Italian Tours 2012 and 2016.
In Italy, Andrea has accompanied many famous artists from all over the world including big names such asGeorge Michael("Pavarotti & Friends for Cambodia and Tibet 2000," released on video and CD by Decca),Burt Bacharach, Joe Cocker, Tom Jones, Michael Bublè, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Gloria Gaynor(Italian Tours from 2003 to 2010),Carl Anderson, Randy Crawford, Amy Stewart, Donna Summer, Matt Bianco, Kid Creole & The Coconuts, The Gibson Brothers, Samantha Fox, Imagination, Patrick Hernandez, Tony Hadley, Paul Young and Petula Clark. He has also performed and/or recorded as lead trumpet and soloist with a rainbow of very famous Italian artists such asLuciano Pavarotti, Jovanotti, Fiorello, Adriano Celentano, Claudio Baglioni, Gianni Morandi, Renato Zero, Elio e le Storie Tese, Demo Morselli Big Band, Antonella Ruggiero, Toto Cutugno, YuYu, Irene Grandi, Fausto Leali, Articolo 31, Gino Paoli, Tullio De Piscopo, Ivana Spagna, Andrea Mingardi, Francesco Baccini, Dirotta su Cuba, Rossana Casale, Jenny B.and with some of the most important italian jazz big bands as the Demo Morselli Big Band (Rome), Torino Jazz Orchestra (Turin), Barga Jazz Big Band (Lucca), Massimo Nunzi Orchestra Operaia and JIPU Big Band (Rome), PMJO Parco della Musica Jazz Orchestra (Rome), PM Jazz Lab (Rome), Paolo Tomelleri Big Band (Milan), Antonella Ruggiero Big Band (Pesaro), Friuli-Venezia-Giulia Big Band (Udine), Vincenzo Genovese Big Band, Guacamaya Big Band (Florence), Sardinia Jazz Orchestra (Sassari), Paolo Tomelleri Big Band (MI), All Times Big Band (Perugia), New Sugar Kitty’s Big Band (Piacenza), Di Gregorio Big Band (Pesaro), Bansigu Big Band (Genoa), Gerardo Di Lella Big Band (Rome), Biba Band (Milan), “Italian Youth Jazz Orchestra” (Siena).
About classical music, in 1988 Andrea won thenational auditionsfor the European and Italian tour of the "Orchestra Giovanile Italiana" (Italian Youth Orchestra) as well as the "Teatro Comunale del Giglio" of Lucca, and he was selected as a finalist in Rome for the ECYO (European Community Youth Orchestra). In 1989 he fulfilled his military compulsory service playing in the Italian Air Force Band in Rome. He still collaborates with some prestigious Italian symphonic orchestras as the “Orchestra Regionale Toscana”, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, the “Orchestra Sinfonica dell’Emilia-Romagna A. Toscanini”, the “Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro Regio di Torino”, the “EUR Spettacoli” and the “Orchestra da Camera Lucchese.”
From jazz to classical to pop music, Andrea has performed in theUnited States, Japan, Canada, Australia, China, Norway, England, Germany, Luxemburg, Norway, Poland, Malta, Finland, France, Russia,Liechtenstein,Austria,Switzerland,Holland,Belgium,Scotland, Poland, Greece,Spain,Portugal,Serbia, EgyptandPrincipatoofMonaco.
He partecipated to many important international festivals as the “North Sea Jazz Festival” in Rotterdam, “Japan Band Clinic” in Hamamatsu, “Pori Jazz Festival”, “Autostadt Jazz & Blues Festival” in Wolfsburg, “Oulu Jazz Festival”, “Escenica Festival” in Madrid, “Printemps Musical Festival, Luxembourg”, “Rowan Jazz Festival” in Philadelphia USA, “Musek Am Syrdall, Saison Musicale, Mensdorf”, "San Francisco Making Waves Festival”, “Luxemburg Blues’n Jazz Rallye Festival”, “Festival Internacional Jazz San Javier”, “Winterthur Out in the Green Festival”, “San Sebastian Jazz Festival”, “Lichtenstein Little Big One Festival”, “The Tower Music Festival” e “Four Seasons Festival” in London, “Malta Festival”, “Wien Festival” and “Edimburgh Festival”, "Ascona Jazz Festival" Svizzera, "Western States Jazz Festival" USA, Scottish Festival of Trumpets, ”Umbria Jazz Festival”, “Herr Nilsen” Jazz Club in Oslo, Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival”, “Vicenza Jazz Festival” and many others, performing many prestigious theatres and concert halls like the “Wien Opera House”, “Concertgebow” in Amsterdam, “Radio France” and "Palais De Congrés” in Paris, “Usher Hall” in Edimburgh, Blues Alley in Washington-USA, “Touhill Performing Arts Center” in St. Louis-USA, "Heineken Music Hall" in Amsterdam, "Queen Elizabeth Hall" in Antwerp, “B1 Club” in Moscow, "Hartwell Arena" in Helsinki, “Philipshalle” in Dusseldorf, “Tempodrom” in Berlin, “Mohegan Sun Arena” USA, "Hala Sportova" in Belgrado, “Hannover Expo”, “Banff Center” in Alberta-Canada, "Kongresshaus" in Zurich, Ludwigshafen Theatre, “Estoril Casinò” in Lisbon, “Sporting Club” in Principato of Monaco, “Auditorium”, “Casa del Jazz” and “Auditorium del Foro Italico” in Rome and many others.
As ateacher, since 2004 Andrea teaches classical and jazz trumpet at the"Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali "O.Vecchi - A.Tonelli" in Modena, Italy. He was an assistant at Maynard Ferguson's seminar during the Vicenza Jazz Festival 2003 and also collaborates with Italian Brass Week (where he gave master classes with the first chairs of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra brass section, Allen Vizzutti and the Canadian Brass international artist Jens Lindemann). Asinternational jazz and trumpet educator, Andrea has given master classes and clinics all over the world, like in theUSAat the California State University Northridge in Los Angeles, San Diego State University (California), Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma Christian University (Oklahoma), Rowan University (Pennsylvania), Riverside City College, Fullerton College (California), International Trumpet Seminar at the Grand Valley State University (Michigan), First Baptist Church of Decatur in Atlanta (Georgia), Canton High School, Region 7 School District in Winsted, Southington High School, Manchester High School and Hall High School in West Harford (Connecticut), inJapanat the Japan Band Clinic, and about Europe inNorway(Norges Musikkhøgskole-Norvegian Academy of Music),Luxemburg(Musique Militaire Grand-Ducale Philarmonie),Germany(Amburgo, Schramberg e Offenburg),Spain(Teror Festival de Trompeta Isole Canarie, CIMVO Curs Internacional de Musica Vila de L’Olleria),Poland(Music Academy in Lodz and Poznań) andSwitzerland(Zurich, Mennedorf, Ermatingen). He also gave hundreds of master classes all overItaly, teaching for many years at the “Italian Brass Week” together with the most important names of the international brass world, at the “Baceno Brass Festival” and “Corsi Internazionali di Bosa Antica”. He also appears in Clint "Pops" McLaughlin book "Embouchure - The Pros Talk" and for an instructional video on trumpet playing.
From 2000 to 2010 he has been theArtistic Directorof the "Dean Benedetti Jazz Festival" in Torre del Lago Puccini.
Andrea Tofanelli is a YAMAH Aartist and clinician.
Hailed as “one of the world’s most engaging and astonishingly versatile trumpeters,” (Style Weekly) Yamaha Performing Artist Rex Richardson is one of the busiest crossover trumpeters on the international scene. Due to his strong commitment to performance and education, coupled with his passion for the arts, Rex Richardson has been named “Personality of The Year” by the Brass Herald.
A veteran of the acclaimed chamber ensemble Rhythm & Brass, jazz legend Joe Henderson’s Quintet and Sextet, William Russo’s Chicago Jazz Ensemble, and the Brass Band of Battle Creek, known as the world’s “Rolls Royce of Brass Bands” (Brass Band World), he stays busy as a headline artist at international brass and jazz festivals and as a soloist with orchestras, concert bands, brass bands and jazz ensembles. Since the early 90s he has worked with countless celebrity artists in multiple genres, developing a unique reputation in the trumpet world for his combination of singular virtuosity, a highly personal style, and an emphasis on improvisation in classical as well as jazz idioms.
A tireless champion of new music, Richardson presented the premiere performances of concertos by Dana Wilson, Doug Richards and Peter Meechan on four continents between 2006 and 2010. 2010-2011 will see the Australian, Brazilian, Swedish and American premieres of Stephenson’s Trumpet Concerto no. 2, “Rextreme.”
Richardson is Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Trumpet at Virginia Commonwealth University and served as Artist in Residence at London’s Trinity College of Music from 2006-2009. His five solo recordings, including the most recent “Magnum Opus: 21st Century Trumpet Concertos” are released on Summit Records.