19th International Brass Festival - Italian Brass Week

Dale Clevenger
"The great horn legend" Hermann Baumann
David Allan Cooper
HORN Masterclasses are SOLD OUT
Luca Benucci
from 22nd until 29th July, 2018
Type of lesson

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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 David allan Copper
  • 2 lessons of 40 minutes with Herman Baumann

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

22-29 July 2018

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.

"The great horn legend" Hermann Baumann

22-29 July 2018

International Soloist

Born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1934, Hermann Baumann began playing the horn at the relatively late age of 17 after beginning his musical career as a singer and jazz drummer.  After a short period of study with the eminent teacher and soloist, Fritz Huth, he played first horn in various orchestras for 12 years.  The starting point of his career as a soloist came when he when he won first prize in the prestigious ARD Radio/Television Competition in Munich in 1964.  Solo engagements, recitals, world touring and recordings all followed and "Hermann Baumann" became household words for horn players throughout the world. He also taught many successful students at the Folkwang School in Essen for some 30 years.  Professor Baumann has mastered the techniques of all the various kinds of horns, from the early Baroque corno da caccia to the modern instrument.  He has done pioneering work not only in Baroque music (his early recordings of the Bach cantatas with their extreme high and difficult passages) but also in the renaissance of performance on the natural horn of the concertos of the classical period.  In 1999, the Historic Brass Society honored him with the Christopher Monk Award. This prize was granted in Paris for Prof. Baumann's outstanding lifelong contribution to music on old instruments. Equally at ease with the modern instrument, he has explored the possibilities of new techniques in present day compositions.  It is not so much his stupendous technique that makes Hermann Baumann's art so fascinating but rather his dynamic adaptability. He plays his horn the way a great singer sings, displaying a multiplicity of nuances of tone and mood. Renowned for the wealth of character in his playing, he brings forth rousing blasts in attack, heroically impassioned expressivity, dramatic singing, naive idyllicism, melancholy cloudiness, solemn gravity but Eulenspiegel impishness and irony, too. This musical mastery and enthusiasm also carries over into his teaching style. Despite suffering a stroke in 1993, he is still touring and performing tirelessly and teaching in master classes throughout the world.

David Allan Cooper

22-28 July 2018

David Cooper is a third generation French horn player having both his uncle and grandmother as professional horn players in the Lansing Symphony. He began playing with Michigan State University ensembles when only 15 and was in the top MSU ensemble at age 16.

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

David started his career as acting Principal Horn with the Victoria Symphony in British Columbia and Associate Principal Horn of the Fort Worth Symphony. He has been guest Principal Horn of the London Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. David is an active chamber musician and is currently Music Director of the Avant Chamber Ballet in Dallas, TX.

Since september 2016 David is the new principal horn with the Berliner Philarmonic Orchestra.

HORN Masterclasses are SOLD OUT

Horn Masterclasses are SOLD OUT

Dear #Hornworld we are #soldout❌❌❌❌ also for this year!
We are very sorry for the many that are still asking to apply but unluckily we can’t get more for this edition!!
#ItalianBrassWeek2018 #hornteam #hornist #soldout

For more information send an email to segreteria@italianbrass.com

Luca Benucci

22-28 July 2018

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)
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