Italian Brass Week

16th International Brass Festival - Italian Brass Week

Francisco "Pacho" Flores
Barbara Butler
Charlie Geyer
Otto Sauter
Andrea Dell'Ira
Period
20- 26 July 2015
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:

  • 3 lessons of 30 minutes with Barbara Butler
  • 3 lessons of 30 minutes with Charlie Geyer
  • 3 lessons of 30 minutes with Otto Sauter
  • 3 lessons of 30 minutes with Francisco "Pacho" Flores
  • 3 lessons of 30 minutes with Andrea Dell'Ira

The daily schedule will be as follows:

9:00-12:00: 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
30
Cost
50 Euro Registration and 350 Euro Tuition
Horn Camups
Trumpet Campus
Trombone Campus
Tuba Campus
Chamber music

Francisco "Pacho" Flores

Trumpet Soloist

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 Orchestralde Paris, the Orchestré de la Garde Républicaine, the NHK Symphony, the Tokyo Symphony, 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.

Barbara Butler

Trumpet teacher and soloist

Barbara Butler is a soloist with Music of the Baroque, Chicago Chamber Musicians, and Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra. She is a former member of Eastman Brass, Eastman Virtuosi, and the Vancouver and Grant Park Symphony Orchestras. She has performed, recorded, and appeared in broadcasts with the St. Louis, Chicago, and Houston Symphony Orchestras and the New York Philharmonic. She has made solo appearances with many major orchestras and festivals and presented recitals and master classes worldwide. She appears on recordings and international broadcasts with Eastman Brass, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Chamber Musicians, and CBC Radio. She is a former faculty member of the Eastman School of Music and University of British Columbia. She studied with Vincent Cichowicz and Adolph Herseth.

Ms. Butler began as Professor of Trumpet at Rice University in 2013.

Charlie Geyer

Trumpet Professor and Soloist

Charlie Geyer trumpet lessons began at age 6. Between the ages of 7 and 10, he played in the highly esteemed Joliet, Illinois band program. By age 12, radio performances in Peoria, Illinois hinted at his future professional career. While attending Northwestern University, he performed as Principal Trumpet with Chicago Lyric Opera. He joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra following his senior year. During his 12 years with the CSO, he was Principal with the Grant Park Symphony Summer Orchestra. The Houston Symphony engaged him as Principal in 1978, where he performed for three seasons.

He received both a Bachelor's and Master's degree from Northwestern University. His teachers were Herb Stoskopf, Bud Herseth and Vince Cichowicz.

Geyer was Professor of Trumpet at Eastman School of Music and a member of the Eastman Brass from 1980 through 1998, when he took the position of Professor of Trumpet at Northwestern University. In 2013 he began as Trumpet Professor at Rice University.

Geyer is a frequent recitalist and soloist with orchestras and music festivals throughout the world. He has recorded and played on international broadcasts with the Chicago, Houston and Grand Teton Symphony Orchestras, as well as with the Eastman Brass, Music of the Baroque and Chicago Chamber Musicians.


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.