20th International Brass Festival Italian Brass Week

Dale Clevenger
Luca Benucci
Eric Terwilliger
Arkady Shilkloper
Giovanni Hoffer
HORN Masterclasses are SOLD OUT
from 21st until 28th July, 2019
Type of lesson

The Horn 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:

  • 2 lessons of 40 minutes with Luca Benucci 
  • 2 lessons of 40 minutes with Dale Clevenger
  • 2 lessons of 40 minutes with Eric Terwilliger
  • 2 lessons of 40 minutes with Arkady Shilkloper
  • 1 lesson of 40 minutes with Giovanni Hoffer

The daily schedule will be as follows:

9:00-12:00: Individual Lessons

12:30-13:15: Conferences

Lunch Break

15:00-18:00:Individual lessons

18:00-19:00: Orchestral Excerpts class

19:30-21:30: 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
200€ Registration and 300€ Tuition
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Dale Clevenger

21-28 July 2019

Horn Professor and Conductor

He started playing trumpet at age 11 and switched to horn at age 13. Clevenger's father was President of the Chattanooga Opera Association, and he was exposed to live orchestral music at an early age. He attended Chattanooga High School, aka "City High" when the band program was under the leadership of Richard Casavant, a scholar of marching band history. Clevenger received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, in 1962. Clevenger considers Arnold Jacobs and Adolph Herseth, former principal brass instrumentalists of the CSO, to be his mentors.

Clevenger has performed with many ensembles worldwide, including the Berlin Philharmonic (under Daniel Barenboim). He has taken part in many music festivals including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Florida Music Festival, Sarasota, Marrowstone Music Festival, Bellingham, Washington, and Affinis Music Festival, Japan.

He won a Grammy Award for "The Antiphonal Music of Gabrieli," which he recorded with members of the Chicago Symphony brass section, as well as the brass sections of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra His recording of Mozart's horn concertos was named Record of the Year in Hungary on the European label Hungaraton. He also was a featured soloist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Grammy-winning Strauss Wind Concertos album, on which he plays Strauss's first horn concerto, as well as Andante for horn and piano in C major with Daniel Barenboim accompanying on piano.

In 2003, Clevenger premiered John William's Concerto for Horn and Orchestra, a work written for him.

In addition to performing, Clevenger is an experienced conductor. He was the Music Director of the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra from 1981 to 1995. He has expanded his conducting career with numerous orchestras in North and Central America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, recently leading the Orquestra Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon with Daniel Barenboim as soloist.

Dale Clevenger is President of the Italian Brass Week and teaches at Roosevelt University and at Indiana University.

Luca Benucci

21-28 July 2019

Principal Horn, Orchestra Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Luca Benucci’s vast performing and didactic career spans over 25 years and has left an indelible mark on the international music scene. Championing all genres of music under the batons of the most notable Orchestral Directors of our time, developing unique and varied Jazz, Chamber and Solo programs collaborating closely with Jazz and Classical Virtuosi and Pop/Rock stars alike, and by innovating new pedagogical approaches to performance and practice methodology, Mr. Benucci has positively influenced and enriched the lives of numerous professionals, amateurs, students, and audience members throughout the world.

Mr. Benucci has been invited to play as Guest Principal Horn in many prestigious Orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Solisten Berlin, Super World Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Orchestra Sinfonica di Barcelona, and the Radio Orchestra Svizzera Italiana. He still holds the full-time position of principal horn in the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra since 1995, under direction of Zubin Mehta.

When he isn’t working in the Orchestra, many of his other projects are done in collaboration with artists and musicians in chamber groups such as the Nuovo Quintetto Italiano, Italian Brass Ensemble, and the Brass Dimension Ensemble.

In addition to his musical work, Mr. Benucci founded and acts as artistic director of the Italian Brass Week, an annual international brass symposium and festival now in its 17th season, and the Italian Brass Academy in order to provide easily accessible world-class education to students from both Italy and around the globe. He has also established musical organisations and groups such as the Italian Chamber Orchestra, Mimesis Formazione, Maggio Formazione, Sardinia Brass Festival, Santa Fiora in Musica, Note di Viaggio, and Meet the Soloists - a project that brings Principal players and Soloists from the Maggio Musicale together for intimate and informal concerts and lectures.

As a highly sought after instructor, Mr. Benucci has held masterclasses in the most acclaimed Universities and Conservatories in the world, including Boston University, Roosevelt University, Juilliard School of Music, Curtis Institute of Music, Boston Conservatory, Indiana University, Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, Ankara University, Ionian University of Corfu, Maastricht Conservatory, Barcelona Conservatory, Tel-Aviv and Jaffa Universities, Musashino Music College of Tokyo, and the Shanghai Conservatory. He has also been invited as a guest teacher to international Brass Festivals in Hiroshima, Yamagata, Costa Rica, and Spain.

In his spare time, Luca is an avid chef and gastronome and loves to spend time with his two sons, Giacomo and Niccolò.

Mr. Benucci play with STOMVI, YAMAHA, HOLTON, MOENNIG instruments.





Biografia Benucci  (DOCX, 146 Kb) Biografia Benucci (DOCX, 146 Kb)

Eric Terwilliger

21-28 July 2019

Bayerische Rundfunks Symphonieorchester

He began studying the horn with Philip Farkas at the Indiana University in Bloomington at the age of 18. In 1975, he continued his studies with Michael Höltzl in Detmold and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In the same year he became the first horn player at the Kassel State Theater, a position he continued to maintain when he moved to the Munich Philharmonic in 1976. Since September 2007 he is the leading horn player of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks . He played chamber music with the Munich Philharmonic Soloists from 1977 to 1991 and with the Vienna Chamber Ensemble from 1991 to 2010. In 1995 he was appointed professor at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz and in 1998 he moved to the Richard Strauss Conservatory of Munich. . In 2007 he became a professor at the Munich Academy of Music. Since 2011 he has been an invited professor at the Conservatorio de las Islas Baleares in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, and at the Escuela de Altos Estufiods Musicales in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

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Only Horn Berliner Philarmoniker
David Cooper is a third-generation musician and horn player, in fact both Uncle and Grandma played the horn professionally in the Lansing Symphony. He started playing with the Michigan State University ensemble at just 15 and was in the best MSU ensemble at the age of 16.

While studying at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, David won a scholarship for the Tanglewood festival and since 2011 has spent three summers at the Marlboro Music festival in Vermont. In 2013 David won the Principal Horn of the National Symphony in Washington D.C. but he was named principal horn of the Dallas Symphony in May of 2013. He has been with the Dallas Symphony since 2011, initially as the 3rd horn.

David began his career as Principal Horn with the Victoria Symphony in British Columbia and the Associate Principal Horn of the Fort Worth Symphony. He was principal guest of the London Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. David is an active chamber musician and is currently the musical director of the Avant-garde Ballet in Dallas, Texas.
Since September 2017 he is the new first solo horn of the Berliner Philarmoniker.
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Corso di Corno is complete
Masterclasses with Dale Clevenger Masters, Luca Benucci, David Allan Cooper and Herman Baumann are complete!

Arkady Shilkloper

21-28 July 2019

International Soloist

Arkady Shilkloper was born in 1956, in Moscow, Russia. He began to study playing alto horn at the age of six and switched to French horn in 1967. At the age of eleven he entered the Moscow Military Music School. One of most unusual Russian musicians, Arkady plays French horn, flugelhorn, alphorn and many more wind instruments that are unusual. From 1978 to 1985 he was a member of the orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre. With this world-famous orchestra and as a member of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra from 1985 to 1989, he undertook numerous worldwide concert tours.
Since 1990 he has been a member of the Moscow Art Trio along with Misha Alperin and Sergey Starostin, occasionally playing in other formations as well.

Shilkloper played with Lionel Hampton, Elvin Jones, Lew Soloff and Herb Ellis. He also has worked with Pierre Favre, Louis Sclavis, Rabih Abou-Khalil, Jon Christensen, Bob Stewart.
Since 1997, Arkady is part of two Russian trios: one with St. Petersburg’s best jazzmen– acoustic bassist Vladimir Volkov and piano player Andrei Kondakov, and the other with Vladimir Volkov and Sergei Starostin. In 2000, Arkady put together the Mauve Trio with Brazilian guitar player Alegre Correa and Austrian bassist Georg Breinschmid. Their debut album ‘Mauve’ (Quinton, 2002) was awarded the prestigious Hans Koller Prize of Austria as the ‘CD Of The Year’. Arkady Shilkloper gives concerts and master-classes around the world ( approx. 100 a year) in: Russia, Europe, USA, Canada, Japan, Panama, China, Korea,  and Australia.

Giovanni Hoffer

25-28 July 2019

International Jazz soloist

Giovanni Hoffer was born in Lecco (Italy) in 1972.
In 1991 he took his French horn diploma at Milan’s Conservatoire “G.Verdi” under the guidance of Master Michele Berrino.
He began his career playing with the main italian orchestras, including the Scala Philharmonica, the “G.Verdi”  Symphonic Milan, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, the R.A.I. Orchestra in Milan, the Italian Swiss Confederation Orchestra. He also played in many international tours (Japan, Australia, South America), working with world famous directors like Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, George Pretre, Eliahu Inbal and many more.

A Jazz and Pop Music lover from the start, he took part in some television programmes on Mediaset channels working with Master Peppe Vessicchio. He also played in different pop music recordings working with artists like Antonella Ruggero, Francesco Renga and Niccolò Fabi.

He has beem living in Bologna since 1999, and has been working with the “Teatro Comunale di Bologna” Foundation since then. Master Teo Ciaravella also invited him to take part in the Dams Jazz Orchestra and he started collaborating both as musician and composer.

At the beginning of 2006, after the encounter with Lele Veronesi, he started the Hofferquattro project. Here, with the faith and dedication of Lele Veronesi (drums), Maurizio de Gasperi (piano rhodes) and Andrea Taravelli (electric bass) experimented the French horn’s potentials, tackling some standard jazz and mainly some compositions by Giovanni Hoffer himself.

At present he is also playing in some Live Dj Set collaborations, improvising jazz phrasing with lounge, chill out and Jazz house productions, a unique experience also thanks to original unobtainable musical compositions and to performances using a sea shell as a musical instrument.

HORN Masterclasses are SOLD OUT

Horn Masterclasses are SOLD OUT

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