Italian Brass Week

15th International Brass Festival - Italian Brass Week

Fabrizio Bosso
Andrea Giuffredi
Otto Sauter
Andrea Dell'Ira
Ruben Simeo
30 June - 6 July 2014
Type of lesson

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:

  • 1 collective Lesson with Fabrizio Bosso (2 July)
  • 3 lessons of 30 minutes with Andrea Giuffredi
  • 3 lessons of 30 minutes with Otto Sauter
  • 3 lessons of 30 minutes with Ruben Simeo
  • 3 lessons of 30 minutes with Andrea Dell'Ira

The daily schedule will be as follows:

9:00-13:00: Individual Lessons

13:00-13:30: Collective Masterclass

13:30-15:00: Lunch Break

15:00-18:00: Individual Lessons

18:00-19:00:Brass Ensemble

19:00-21:30: Dinner

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.

Max members
50 Euro Registration and 350 Euro Tuition
Horn Camups
Trumpet Campus
Trombone Campus
Tuba Campus
Percussion Master
Chamber music

Fabrizio Bosso

2 July Trumpet Master Class, Corso di Tromba, Curso de Trompeta,Trompete Kurse

Fabrizio Bosso began playing the trumpet when he was 5 years old. At 15 he had already graduated from the G. Verdi Conservatory in Turin. Cultivating to continue his interests in the extraction of music, he was approached by jazz. A strong appeal, persuasive, of which a Torinese couldn’t withstand. Technically impeccable, what is most striking about Fabrizio is the creation of a personal handwriting, in which the color and the dynamic of sound are never discounted, the sense of swing is pressed to excesses, the creative tension is constant and in the standard interpretation.

In addition to having performed concerts under the direction of George Russell, Mike Gibbs, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Liebman, Carla Bley and Steve Coleman, he was also recruited by Charlie Haden for certain gigs of the promotional tour for the last album of the Liberation Music Orchestra.

In 1999 he was voted as “Best New Talent” in italian jazz by a poll in “Musica Jazz” Magazine, his first CD release was “Fast Flight” playing in quintet with Rosario Giuliani, published for RED RECORDS over the years and collaborated with the Salvatore Bonafede, Giovanni Mazzarino and Enrico Pieranunzi groups.

But 2007/2008 are Fabrizio’s crowning years as one of the greatest Italian musicians. First, the 2007 success of what is considered his first real debut as leader for a major label, the BLUE NOTE / EMI ITALIA, “You’ve Changed”, played by his normal quartet and a 13 person string orchestra, “Bim String Orchestra” coordinated by cellist Giuseppe Tortora, and directed by Paolo Silvestri, with guests Diane Reeves and Sergio Cammariere. In addition, he also participated in the success of “Trouble Shootin’”, an album by Stefano Di Battista with whom he participated in many important European tours.

In 2008 instead, in addition to “Five Four Fun” of the High Fives, Fabrizio published “Sol!” (with both BLUE NOTE / EMI ITALIA) with Latin Mood composed by Javier Girotto (co-leader), Natalio Mangalavite, Marco Siniscalco and Luca Bulgarelli, Lorenzo Tucci, Bruno Marcozzi, with special guest Raul Midón. The second disc of Latin Mood, “Vamos”, was recently published for the SCHEMA RECORDS label.

Still in 2008, he had also released the acrobatic duo with Antonello Salis for the PARCO DELLA MUSICA RECORDS: “Stunt” (with whom he won the TOP JAZZ 2009 prize). Fabrizio furthermore, in the same year, participated in the project, realised by Roberto Gatto and dedicated to progressive rock, recorded also for the Italian Jazz Series Live 2008 from La Casa del Jazz / L’Espresso. That series is also present in another project realised by Stefano Di Battista: “Omaggio a Fabrizio De André”.

In 2009, after an appearance as a special guest at the Sanremo Festival, (in which he had already participated in the previous edition with Sergio Cammariere) next to a promising young star Simona Molinari, participated in the project “About a Silent Way” by Maurizio Martusciello with  Francesco Bearzatti, Eivind Aarset and Aldo Vigorito, released in conjunction with Musica Jazz to celebrate 40 years of Miles Davis’ work (thereafter marketed by ITINERA and distributed by EGEA). He furthermore realised a disc with a quartet, with Luca Mannutza, Luca Bulgarelli and Lorenzo Tucci for the Jazz Italiano series from the Casa del Jazz / L’Espresso, guests Roberto Cecchetto, Giuseppe Milici, Natalio Mangalavite, Bruno Marcozzi and with the extraordinary participation of Filippo Timi and a disc for the Japanese market entitled “Black Spirit” with Luca Mannutza, Lorenzo Tucci and Nicola Muresu and guests Marco Tamburini and Max Ionata.

In 2010, he participated in the beautiful “Complete Communion” project, thought up by Italian-French drummer Aldo Romano with Henri Texier and the formidable Alto Geraldine Laurent. The Live CD was released attached to Musica Jazz and the studio version was published by the prestigious French label DREYFUS. In June 2010, thanks to the idea of the Festival di Bolzano organisers, a duo was born with Luciano Biondini that immediately revealed a success. In Autumn of 2010, they realised a small African tour and in 2011 held many concerts. At the end of 2010 Fabrizio gave life to a new trio with Alberto Marsico on Hammond Organ and Piano, and Alessandro Minetto on drums. With them, he recorded “Spiritual”, a very appreciated album by critics and requested by summer festivals and many others. Still at the end of 2010, he recorded the disc “Libero” with a historic quartet and additional Guitarist Roberto Cecchetto, published in Japan for the PONY CANYON label.

Still in 2010, a collaboration called “extrajazz” was born with singer, composer, and guitarist Filippo Tirincanti, who in April 2011 published his own work “Otherwise”, in which Fabrizio’s poetry is beautifully interwoven with the intent of the songwriter from Riccione.

Again in Top Jazz 2010 as best trumpeter and again in Sanremo in 2011, this time next to Raphael Gualazzi, who triumphs the youth category. In February 2011, the first duo with Rosario Bonaccorso was held, “extracted” from the quartet’s bassist’s “Travel Notes”, with whom Fabrizio recorded a disc released in January 2012 for the PARCO DELLA MUSICA RECORDS label. Bonaccorso’s musical world and narrative suits Fabrizio in a special way, who participates with intensity and extraordinary naturalness. In May, Fabrizio committed himself to another excellent association, with Pianist Nazzareno Carusi, with whom he affronted the fascinating world of composers like Schumann and Schubert. Still in 2011, “Il Sorpasso in Jazz” was born under direction of Emilio Sioli, in which the quartet comments on some images of Dino Risi’s masterpiece.

Fabrizio recorded “Enchantment - L’Incantesimo” (SCHEMA) in London at Air Studios on 21 and 22 June 2011, with the London Symphony Orchestra. The project is dedicated to music by Nino Rota on the occasion of his Centenary birth anniversary. The arrangements and the Orchestral Direction was provided by Maestro Stefano Fonzi, who was also the brains behind the project. Piano rhythm was by Claudio Filippini, Rosario Bonaccorso on Bass, and Lorenzo Tucci was on drums.

“Enchantment” already has a concert curriculum. The repertoire comes executed with Orchestral Residents and has been played in Sulmona, Caserta, Ravenna, Taranto, Matera, Rome (inside Room A on via Asiago and transmitted on RAI Radio 1), in Castellaneta, and briefly in the Marche and Vicenza, now waiting for numerous summer dates.

Last February 17th, Fabrizio returned to the Ariston stage for the Sanremo Festival as Nina Zilli’s special guest.

In March, he participated as a fixed musical guest in four episodes of the broadcast, “Panariello non esiste”,  on air on Canale 5, performing with artists like James Taylor, Massimo Ranieri, Rocco Papaleo, Claudio Baglioni, and Renato Zero.

He held four concerts in May 2012 from the Blue Note of Nagoya and that of Tokyo, participated in the Poiesis Fabriano Festival with the project “You’ve Changed” and with a very particular performance with Pierfrancesco Favino. At the end of June, he returned to RAI to perform Live from Studio 2 (via Teulada), the theme song of the final episode of Ballarò, the largely followed analytical program, conducted by Giovanni Floris. On June 30, he inaugurated the Ravello Festival with “Enchantment”, performed in the marvellous Belvedere of Villa Rufolo with the Nuova Orchestra Scarlatti.

Summer 2012 confirmed Fabrizio as wine of the most appreciated and loved artists of the moment: at Umbria Jazz on the Morlacchi Theatre stage, he performed the two parts of Gil Evans’ “Miles Ahead” and “Quiet Nights” with the Eastman Jazz Orchestra directed by Ryan Truesdell, alternating with Paolo Fresu, who instead performed “Porgy & Bess” and “Sketches of Spain”. The two trumpeters found themselves again onstage with a standing ovation and great enthusiasm from the public.

In October, Fabrizio participated at the Santiago Jazz Festival with Antonello Salis, representing Italy.

“Face to Face”, a duo with the great accordionist Luciano Biondini, was released by the new recording group ABEAT on November 22.

In February 2013, Fabrizio once again returned to perform at the Sanremo Festival next to Raphael Gualazzi.

Andrea Giuffredi

Trumpet Master Class, Corso di Tromba, Curso de Trompeta,Trompete Kurse

Andrea Giuffredi, International Soloist

At 9 years old, he started playing the trumpet. At 14, he entered into Conservatory and at 16 years old, obtained his first professional engagement at the RAI Italian Radio Television in the trumpet section of the RAI Symphony Orchestra of Milan. From that moment on, he became one of the most called-on first trumpet freelancers in Italy for the most important Italian Symphony Orchestras. In a continuous manner and for a long period, Andrea played with the “Arturo Toscanini” Symphony Orchestra of Parma, the RAI Orchestras in Milan and Torino, the Musical Afternoons of Milan, occasionally with the “Teatro Comunale” of Florence and with the “Teatro alla Scala” of Milan, for a total of 25 years of experience as a symphonic Principal Trumpet. He played with the most famous Orchestral Directors such as Riccardo Muti, George Prêtre, Zubin Mehta, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Seiji Ozawa, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Antonio Pappano, and many others; playing in the most prestigious concert halls in the world.

He played as soloist for many years with “I Solisti Veneti” by Claudio Scimone, collaborated and continues to collaborate with the Mediaset network, playing in numerous broadcasts on Canale 5. He played with artists such as Luciano Pavarotti, Ennio Morricone, Liza Minelli - playing with her in duet on air from the RAI studios in Porta.

In the US, he released three CDs for Summit Records.

He was invited to three editions of the prestigious International Trumpet Guild. (USA)

In recent years, he has been more dedicated to a career as a soloist, quickly becoming one of the most renown and appreciated trumpeters in the world.

Particularly appreciated for his singing style, he usually performs with a repertoire of international hits, with special arrangements dedicated to him.

With his style, he has been a success all over the world, often accompanied by large Symphony Orchestras.

He is quite often invited in Asia as a soloist, had great success in Japan and particularly in Taiwan, where he is very loved by a huge audience who, at his concerts numbered over 5000 people.

He has held conferences and is often invited to Trumpet seminaries and symposiums in every part of the world.

His overall career has taken him to play in the greatest halls of Turkey, Japan, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, Greece, China, Mexico, France, the United States, Bulgaria, Romania, Iraq, Tunisia, Egypt, Spain, Malta, Albania, Israel, Russia, Siberia, Czech Republic, Italy, Australia, Taiwan, and Brasil.

From 1993, he has been a trumpet professor at the Civic Music School, “Claudio Abbado” (Civica Suola di Musica) in Milan.

Otto Sauter

Trumpet Master Class, Corso di Tromba, Curso de Trompeta,Trompete Kurse

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, Bachcollegium Leipzig, Sinfonia Varsovia, Münchner Kammerorchester, Cappella 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.

Andrea Dell'Ira

Trumpet Master Class, Corso di Tromba, Curso de Trompeta,Trompete Kurse

Andrea studied the trumpet with Arrigo Melosi, Pierre Thibaud and Max Sommerhalder.

He has performed as first trumpet and soloist with some of the most important Italian and European orchestras, under the direction of conductors such as Ozawa, Sawallish, Pretre, Chung and Muti.

He is a member of the ''Quintetto di Ottoni e Percussioni della Toscana''  with whom he has performed numerous concerts in Italy and abroad, and recorded two discs.

Andrea is a professor of trumpet at the Istituto di Alta Formazione Musicale 'Rinaldo Francil' in Siena.

In 2000 he was appointed by Maestro Luciano Berio as Principal Trumpet of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome.

Since 1993, the year in which he won the International Competition "Citta 'di Porcia'', he holds the position of Principal Trumpet and Soloist of the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under the baton of Zubin Mehta.

He has worked as guest Principal Trumpet with european orchestras including: NDR Hamburg, WDR Cologne, and with the Bavarian Radio in Monaco.

In his spare time, Andrea is dedicated to the study of the cornet, and (with some success), to fly-fishing.

Ruben Simeo

Trumpet Master Class, Corso di Tromba, Curso de Trompeta,Trompete Kurse

Rubén SIMEO Gijon, born in Spain in 1992, began studying music at the Conservatory of Vigo with his father. Just eight years, she won First Prize at the International Music Competition of the City of Vigo, which won an award for three consecutive years. Ten years in Madrid gets the Second Prize at the International Yamaha, winning the competition the following year. By the age of eight years he played as a soloist in Musical Agrupacion O Rosal, the Harmonie Municipale Moncao (Portugal) and the brass nell'ensemble EPMViana do Castelo, and performs in duo with piano throughout Europe. At eleven years he participated in programs known as El Conciertazo Spanish television, he played with the Symphonic Band of the Autonomous Community of Madrid at the Teatro Monumental in Madrid, and performs with the ensemble Brass Spanish Brass. Following courses with Maurice André, Pierre Dutot, Enrique Rioja, Jose Orti, Eric Aubier, Luis Gonzalez, Stephen Burns. On December 25, 2004 she performed as soloist with the Symphonic Orchestra of RTVE for the Christmas concert for Spanish television. He also played with the symphony orchestras of Viana do Castello, Leon, Palma de Mallorca, Cannes, Valencia and Alicante, doing tours in countries such as Belgium, Germany, Portugal and France.
Makes his first recording label at the age of twelve years. In September 2005, obtained the Second Prize at the International Philip Jones Guebwiller in France and in January of 2006 the Second Prize at the Selmer Trumpet Competition in Paris. From 2005 to 2006 he followed the course of a trumpet by Guy Touvron at the Conservatoire National de Région in Paris. In November last year he participates and wins the Second Prize at the prestigious Maurice André International Competition of the City of Paris, receiving among other compliments by Master Andre in person. In 2006 he won the Second Prize at the International Competition in Porcia and earlier this year won the International Competition of Benidorm.
Currently Ruben was the last student of Maestro Maurice André.