21st International Brass Festival Italian Brass Week

Joseph "Joe" Alessi
Enzo Turriziani
Alain Trudel
Daniele Morandini
Antonio Sicoli
Vincenzo Paratore
Zoltan Kiss
Jonathan Reith
Jamie Williams
Jörgen Van Rijen
Elias Faingersh
Hiroyuki Kurogane
Ximo Vicedo Davo
Vanessa Fralick
Jack Chou
David Bruchez
Katy Jones
Achilles Liarmakopoulos
Abbie Conant
Fabrice Millischer
Gabriele Malloggi
Charlie Vernon
Stefan Schulz
Ben van Dijk
Steve Norrel
Matyas Veer
Christian Jones
Gabriel Langfur
from 19th until 26th July, 2020
Type of lesson

The Trombone course will include the following,

Enrolled students can take advantage of the lessons with the teachers in ONLINE mode.
• A virtual festival with real musicians
• Artists from all over the world have joined with great spirit and generosity to the request of our artistic director Luca Benucci to donate 30 minutes of online masterclass for each artist involved.
The entire world of brass professionals will be able to make this initiative unique and of the highest level thanks to their knowledge, skill and virtuosity.
Through our social media and Zoom we will have the opportunity to involve thousands of young students, music lovers and fans in the world of brass music.
Every day from 19 to 26 July, we will have 10 different masterclasses which will be available from home in compliance with the regulations following the restrictions for covid19.

Registration for the masterclass is required through the form on our website, A maximum of 95 students will be admitted to the zoom chat room, but it will still be possible to watch the streaming of the lessons on our Youtube channel and on our Facebook page. In the last part of the master the moderator will give the opportunity for students who book to ask questions to these great teachers.
The link to access the masterclasses will be communicated to the subscribers by email

Max members
Online masterclasses are free
Horn Campus
Trumpet Campus
Trombone Campus
Tuba Campus
Euphonium Campus
International Award

Joseph "Joe" Alessi

Tenor Trombone

Joseph Alessi was appointed Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic, The Gurnee F. and Marjorie L. Hart Chair, in the spring of 1985. He began musical studies in his native California with his father, Joseph Alessi, Sr., as a high school student in San Rafael, California, and was a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony before continuing his musical training at the Curtis Institute of Music. Before joining the Philharmonic, Mr. Alessi was second trombone of The Philadelphia Orchestra for four seasons, and principal trombone of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra for one season. He has performed as guest principal trombonist with the London Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, led by Pierre Boulez.

Mr. Alessi is an active soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. In April 1990 he made his New York Philharmonic solo debut, performing Creston’s Fantasy for Trombone, and in 1992 premiered Christopher Rouse’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Trombone Concerto with the Philharmonic, which commissioned the work for its 150th anniversary celebration. He performed the World Premiere of Melinda Wagner’s Trombone Concerto, conducted by Lorin Maazel in February 2007. In July 2013 he appeared with the Philharmonic as soloist in Bramwell Tovey’s The Lincoln Tunnel Cabaret for Trombone and Orchestra, written for Mr. Alessi, at Summertime Classics and at Bravo! Vail, both performances conducted by the composer. In June 2016 he gave the World Premiere of William Bolcom’s Trombone Concerto, a Philharmonic co-commission, conducted by then Music Director Alan Gilbert as part of the NY PHIL BIENNIAL; Mr. Alessi and the Philharmonic, led by Alan Gilbert, reprised the concerto in the 2016–17 season.

Mr. Alessi has been a guest soloist with the Lincoln, Colorado, Syracuse, Virginia, Alabama, Santa Barbara, Puerto Rico, Hartford, and South Dakota symphony orchestras; New Japan, Seoul, Hague, and Helsinki philharmonic orchestras; National Repertory Orchestra; Orchestra of Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, Sicily; Mannheim National Theater Orchestra; and National Symphony of Taiwan. Mr. Alessi has also participated in numerous festivals, including the Festivale Musica di Camera in Protogruaro, Italy; Cabrillo Music Festival; Swiss Brass Week; and Lieksa Brass Week in Finland. He was featured in the 1997 International Trombone Festival in Feldkirch, Austria, and the International Meeting of Brass Instruments in Lille, France. He is a founding member of the Summit Brass ensemble at the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute in Tempe, Arizona. In 2002 Mr. Alessi was awarded an International Trombone Association Award for his contributions to the world of trombone music and trombone playing.

Joseph Alessi is currently on the faculty of The Juilliard School; his students now occupy posts with many major symphony orchestras in the U.S. and internationally. As a clinician for the Edwards Instrument Co., he has also given master classes throughout the world and has toured Europe extensively as a master teacher and recitalist. He has performed as soloist with several leading concert bands, including the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point, U.S. Army Band (“Pershing’s Own”), and the U.S. Marine Band (“The President’s Own”).

Mr. Alessi’s discography includes many releases on the Summit record label, including Trombonastics and Fandango, with retired Philharmonic Principal Trumpet Philip Smith. He also recorded New York Legends on the Cala label, Return to Sorrento on the Naxos record label, and conductor/composer Bramwell Tovey’s Urban Cabaret. His live recording with the Philharmonic of Christopher Rouse’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Trombone Concerto, commissioned for the Orchestra’s 150th anniversary project, can be heard on Volume II of An American Celebration, on New York Philharmonic Special Editions, the Orchestra’s own recording label.

Mr. Alessi was invited by the International Trombone Association to record a solo disc of newly composed works, which was distributed to the Association’s membership of 5,000 trombonists in early 1999 and is now available as Beyond the End of the Century through Summit Records. His recording of George Crumb’s Starchild on the Bridge record label, featuring Mr. Alessi as soloist, won a Grammy Award for 1999–2000. Other recordings featuring Mr. Alessi are with the Canadian Brass (Sony Classical and Philips Records). Further information about Mr. Alessi can be found on his website, www.slidearea.com.

Enzo Turriziani

Tenor Trombone



Enzo is first Trombone of the Vienna State Opera and the Wiener Philharmoniker.

Born in Rieti on 29/08/1989, he had his first encounter to music at 5 years old in the Garibaldina band of Poggio Mirteto directed by his grandfather Giacomo Di Mario alongside his father, trombonist in turn.

At the age of 15 he began his first professional experiences in orchestra (Open City Orchestra, Lazio Regional Orchestra, Terni Symphony Orchestra, Rome Symphony Orchestra and others).

Participates in orchestral specialization courses at the "Scuola di Musica del Trasimeno" during the years of 2005-06-07-08-09.


Enzo was twic awarded by winning of the "INNER WHEEL" scholarships for best student A.Y. 2007/2008 and "Sergio Secci" for best graduate 2009.

He has attended courses and master-classes with world-renowned teachers such as A. Mazzucco (Rai National Symphony Orchestra), A. Conti (National Academy of S. Cecilia), D. Morandini (Israel Philarmonic), J.Alessi (New York Philarmonic), C. Veron (Chicago Simphony orchestra) and Ian Bousfield (Wiener staatsoper / Philarmoniker).

In 2006 he was eligible for the audition for the Italian youth orchestra.

In June 2009 he obtained the conservatory diploma with full marks and honors.

Since September 2010, he has been eligible for the first trombone audition organized by the G. Verdi theater in Trieste, thus collaborating as the first trombone with the orchestra of the aforementioned theater. In November 2010 he was requested by the workers of the "Italian Air Force Music Band" for the execution of M. Ravel's Bolero by making a live DVD of the concert.

in October 2009 he won the position of first trombone at the Symphony Orchestra of Rome with which he collaborates regularly for a few years.



In October 2011 Enzo won the international first trombone competition at the RAI national symphony orchestra with which he is engaged for about 3 years.

In February 2014 he won the international first trombone competition at the orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia. In May 2017, he won the role of first solo trombone (soloposaunist) at the Vienna State Opera or the Wiener Philharminiker.

Among the major collaborations as soloist, the Santa Fiora festival in duo with piano stands out, the "Marenco" festival in Novi Ligure accompanied by the Italian Air Force Band and the season at the 2014 Umbrian Philharmonic accompanied by the Umbria Symphonic Band

As part of the teaching he was a teacher at the "Aria di musica" school in Rome and is regularly invited to hold masterclasses and lessons at festivals and conservatories around the world.

Since September 2019 he has been a trombone teacher at the Wiener Philharmoniker academy.

He has also collaborated as a guest with the Tito Schipa foundation in Lecce and the Alla Scala theater in Milan. Enzo is engaged in social and human rights struggle with the Human Rights Orchestra cooperating with the greatest musicians in the world.


Alain Trudel

Tenor Trombone

Hailed as “the Jascha Heiftz of the trombone”(Le monde de la musique) Canadian trombonist  Alain Trudel is one of the world’s most respected and renowned trombonists. Trudel made his solo debut at the age of 18 with Charles Dutoit and l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal and has continued to grace the world’s stages for nearly 30 years, including appearances with l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, the Hong-Kong Philharmonic, the Austrian Radio Orchestra, Carnegie-Weill Recital Hall (NY), Dresdner Neueu Musik Tage (Germany),Tasmania New Music Festival (Australia), Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris (France), Festival Musica Strasbourg (France), Klangbogen Festival (Vienna), Akiyoshidai and Hamamatsu festival (Japan).  

A long-time pedagogue and mentor, Trudel has been instrumental in teaching and guiding new generations of musicians for more than 20 years. He was a tenured professor of trombone and chamber music at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec à Montréal from 1995-2008 and has served on the faculties and given masterclasses at numerous music festivals and schools including the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, Juilliard, New England Conservatory, Hochshule Köln, Hamamatsu Festival, Graz akademie, University of Hong-Kong and the Manhattan School of Music. He was appointed Director of Orchestral Activities at Western University in 2012 where he also serves on the brass faculty.

Alain Trudel is also one of the busiest conductor on the Canadian scene.

He is currently Music Director of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval, Principal Youth and Family Conductor of the Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra as well as Director of Orchestral Activities at Western University and Principal Guest conductor of the Hannaford Street Silver Band. He has conducted every major orchestra in Canada as well as orchestras in the UK, USA, Sweden, Russia, Japan, Hong-Kong, Malaysia and Latin America with noted artists including Ben Heppner, Anton Kuerti, Measha Brueggergosman, Herbie Hancock, Alain Lefèvre and Pinchas Zukermann. His recording of Mahler 6th and The Rite of Spring have been nominated for juno awards


Trudel is the recipient of numerous awards and honours, among them the Virginia Parker Prize, Le grand prix du disque Président de la République de l’Académie Charles Cros (France), the Heinz Unger Prize for conducting. He was named an Ambassador of Canadian Music by the Canadian Music Center in 2006, and was the first Canadian to be a Yamaha International Artist.




Daniele Morandini

Tenor Trombone

Born in Siena in 1983, Daniele Morandini started studying trombone at the age of 11 with Mr. Marco Piattelli and continued with Mr. Walter Carpano. In the academic year 1998/99, he joined Mr. Mauro Bianchi's class at the Istituto Musicale Parificato "Rinalo Franci" (Siena, Italy) where he graduated in 1999/2000 with "10/10 e lode" (summa cum laude). He Studied at the Accademia di Perfezionamento "Santa Fiora in Musica 2002" with Steven Mead and Andrea Conti and chamber music with Luca Benucci and Dale Clevenger. Morandini attained the "Orchestral Diploma" Bachelor Degree in June 2005 at the "Conservatoire Superieur de Musique de Genève" with Mr. Andrea Bandini, recieving the remark "tres bien". In the academic year 2007/08 Daniele got his Master Degree on Musical Disciplines at the "Istituto Musicale della Valle D'Aosta", recieving "110/110 e lode" (summa cum laude).

Morandini has attended masterclasses with Jacques Mauger, Fabiano Fiorenzani, Cristophe Sanchez, Andrea Conti, Jay Friedman, Charles G. Vernon and Eitan Bezalel. He was the winner of a european brass scolarship award given by Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe in 2000.

Morandini was Principal Trombone of the World Youth Orchestra, conducted by Damiano Giuranna and William Eddins (Edition 2003), and Sub-principal trombone of the Teatro Carlo Felice Orchestra (Genova Opera House) 2004-2007. Since November 2006, Daniele is the Principal Trombone of The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta, music director. He holds many partnerships as a freelance player with Professional Symphony Orchestras, such as Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Italian Chamber Orchestra, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova and La Scala di Milano. Being a brass soloist of the IPO, Daniele is a member of The Israel Philharmonic Brass Quintet. Morandini has appeared in many committees of prominent brass instruments competitions. He is the trombone Professor at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, and at The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in the Tel-Aviv University, and besides his regular teaching he has been giving many masterclasses around Europe, Chile, Brasil, Israel and Australia. He has been elected to the Board of Advisers of the International Trombone Association for the period 2008 - 2011.



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Antonio Sicoli

Teatro dell'Opera di Roma

Antonio SICOLI è nato nel 1973. Si è diplomato in Trombone nel 1992 presso il Conservatorio di Musica Stanislao Giacomantonio di Cosenza sotto la guida di Lino Lappano. Si è perfezionato presso la Scuola di Musica di Fiesole con Roger Bobo e Vinko Globokar e successivamente con Michel Becquet, Joseph Alessi, Jacques Mauger e Rex Martin. Nel 2004 ha conseguito la Laurea in DAMS presso l’Università della Calabria con una Tesi in Drammaturgia Musicale sul Teatro Musicale di Nino Rota e nel febbraio 2009 il Biennio Specialistico in Trombone presso il Conservatorio di Musica Luigi Cherubini di Firenze.

Ha collaborato come 1° Trombone con le seguenti Orchestre Lirico-Sinfoniche: RAI-Scarlatti di Napoli, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Teatro Bellini di Catania, Teatro Comunale del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, ORT–Orchestra della Toscana di Firenze (per 17 anni) e, dal novembre 2013 collabora stabilmente
con l’Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.

Ha al suo attivo diverse registrazioni discografiche per Naxos, Bongiovanni, Azzurra e pubblicazioni (pezzi originali, revisioni e trascrizioni) con le case editrici Bruno UETZin Germania (http://www.uetz.de/music), Editions ANDEL in Belgio (http://www.andelmusic.be), Carisch di Milano (www.carisch.it) e Master Symphony di Arezzo (http://www.allemanda.com).

È invitato regolarmente come componente di giuria per audizioni e concorsi in orchestre e prestigiosi concorsi nazionale ed internazionali (come il 26° Concorso Internazionale Città di Porcia del 2015).

È impegnato nel settore dell’insegnamento e della ricerca tecnico-didattica effettuando diversi masterclass e corsi di perfezionamento. Nel marzo 2012 è stato docente ospite presso l’Haute école de Musique di Ginevra. Ha insegnato presso il Conservatorio di Musica Luigi Cherubini di Firenze, il Conservatorio E. R. Duni di Matera, il Conservatorio G. Puccini di La Spezia, il Conservatorio F. Venezze di Rovigo, il Conservatorio A. Perdrollo di Vicenza, il Conservatorio L. D’Annunzio di Pescara e presso il Conservatorio S. Giacomantonio di Cosenza. Dal 2004 insegna presso la Scuola di Musica di Fiesole e dal 2007 presso l’Istituto Musicale L. Boccherini di Lucca.

Vincenzo Paratore

Soloist International, Vincenzo Paratore is currently considered one of the most talented new generation Trombonists on the world stage. Graduated from the "V. Bellini" Institute in Catania in Italy, he continued his studies at the National Conservatory of Paris obtaining the unanimous Premier Prix as well as the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome.

The musical maturity and technical-instrumental mastery make Vincenzo Paratore a trombonist of high professional level and a multipurpose Musician, so he is the winner of Auditions for Trombone di Fila and Primo Trombone at Lyrical-Symphonic Bodies such as the Teatro Massimo "V. Bellini "of Catania and the Sicilian Symphony Orchestra and of National and International Competitions.
 He was the first Italian Trombonist to win: the 2nd International Music Competition for Young Interpreters "Città di Chieri" (2002).
He has long played an intense concert activity in Italy and abroad, performing as a soloist and with different formations. He is part of the "Quintetto d'Ottoni Siciliano", with whom he has recorded two records, of the quartet of Tromboni "Sciara Quartet" with which he is the winner of several national competitions. He also recorded a solo concert in the album "Un Ponte per il Brasile". He has collaborated with the Teatro Regio of Turin, with the Sicilian Symphony Orchestra, Teatro alla Scala and Filarmonica della Scala and Orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia. Since 2003 he has played the role of Primo Trombone in the Orchestra of the Teatro Massimo "V. Bellini "of Catania with whom he toured in China, Japan, Russia and Spain. The intense concert activity is accompanied by the didactic one. He teaches the Trombone specialization course at the V. Bellini Music Institute in Caltanissetta, and holds numerous postgraduate courses and Masterclasses throughout Italy, Switzerland, France, Spain, Hungary, Colombia, Mexico, Malta, etc.

Zoltan Kiss

International Soloists

Born in Budapest (Hungary) in 1980, Zoltán was largely self-taught, developing his technique through being inspired by leading trumpet players.

He attended the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, winning a handful of national competitions both as a soloist and with chamber ensembles.

Zoltán was invited to audition for the Austrian brass septet Mnozil Brass in 2005, for which he now tours the world performing in over 100 concerts per year.

He has released three albums to date including Slideshow (2010), Rebelión (2011), and Non-Stop (2014).

In 2014, Zoltán was appointed as International Trombone Tutor for the The Philip Jones Centre for Brass (Royal Northern College of Music) in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Zoltán plays exclusively on his signature trombones, Kissbone and KissboneX, designed in collaboration with Austrian maker, Schagerl. 

His self-designed ‘Zoltán Kiss’ edition mouthpiece is produced by Latsch Custom Brass in Germany.  

Whenever time permits, Zoltán engages himself as a guest soloist, educator, or adjudicator.

Jonathan Reith

Jonanathan Reith is the Trombone soloist in the orchestra of Paris from 2014.
Jonathan has established himself as one of the most talented trombonists of his generation.

In September 2015, he obtained a second prize at the prestigious international competition ARD of Monaco of Bavaria.

Having started studying trombone in Aix en Provence where it originated, Jonathan Reith continued his musical studies at the National Conservatory of Music of Lyon in the class of Michel Becquet and graduated with honors in 2010.

Shortly after he joined the Orchestre National de France, a position he held until 2014.

It has also given master classes both in France and abroad.

Jonathan Reith also had the opportunity to perform in formations such as the Toulouse Capitol National Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte Carlo, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Lyon, Lyon Opera orchestra from Paris room, etc. ...

It also won the international competition of the Prague Spring.

Jamie Williams

Principal trombonist, Deutsche Oper Berlin

Jamie Williams has served as principal trombonist of the Deutsche Oper Berlin since 2009. Furthermore, he is on the faculty at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock and the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin. An avid orchestral musician, Jamie Williams has performed with the Bavarian State Opera, Berlin Philharmonic, Berlin Staatskapelle, Deutches Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Guer-zenich Orchestra Cologne, Hamburg State Opera, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, and the WDR Symphony Orchestra. He was principal trombonist from 2003-2009 with the Dortmund Philharmonic.Jamie Williams released his solo debut CD „Voice“ in 2013. His concert activities have led him across Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North and South America as both soloist and chamber musician. As a soloist, Jamie Williams has performed with orchestra in the Berlin Philharmonie. Born in 1979, Jamie Williams began playing trombone in his native St. Petersburg, Florida at the age of eleven. In 1997, he received a full scholarship to study in New York at The Juilliard School with Joe Alessi. Jamie Williams continued his studies with Per Brevig, Jonas Bylund, Michel Becquet, and Ian Bousfield.

In 2010, Jamie Williams began as an active Yamaha Artist, in demand for master-classes, and performing on a Xeno YSL 8820. He has been on the jury of numerous international competitions and was voted in for the term of 2014-2018 to the International Trombone Association Board of Advisors. Jamie Williams and his Rostock trombone class were awarded the Emory Remington Trombone Ensemble Prize in 2014, which is the most prestigious award world wide.

Jörgen Van Rijen

International soloist

Principal trombonist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Jörgen van Rijen is also much in demand as a soloist with a special commitment to promoting his instrument, developing new repertoire for the trombone and bringing the existing repertoire to a broader audience. He is a specialist on both the modern and baroque trombone.

He has performed as a soloist in most European countries, as well as the United States, Canada, Japan, China, Korea, Russia, Singapore andAustralia and performed concertos with orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam and the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. In the coming seasons Jörgen will appear as a soloist with orchestras such as the Taiwan Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and on tour in Japan with Michel Becquet.

Jörgen was awarded the Netherlands Music Prize in 2004, the highest distinction in the field of music, by the Dutch Ministry of Culture. In 2006 he received the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, which is presented yearly to a selection of the most promising and talented young international soloists and ensembles. He has won other major prizes, including first prizes at the international trombone competitions of Toulon and Guebwiller.

In a review of his first CD, the music magazine 'Luister' wrote: 'Van Rijen is a real ambassador of his instrument, which is still not often used as a virtuoso brass instrument among composers. But there are not that many trombonists who reach the brilliant level of Van Rijen. In sound, dynamic, colour, musical understanding and expressiveness, Van Rijen is unequalled...'.

Many new pieces have been written for Jörgen, including a trombone concerto by Theo Verbey, commissioned by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In the season 2010 / 2011 he will appear in concerts with the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam and the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. In the spring of  2012 Jörgen has premiered a trombone concerto by Kalevi Aho that was written for him as a commission from the Borletti-Buitoni Trust, with concerts with the The Hague Philharmonic, the Oulu Sinfonia in Finland and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. About that last concert The Times wrote: "... van Rijen and Aho turned the trombone into a fount of melodic grace and gambolling, cradled over four generous movements by an equally refined orchestra..."  Plans for the future include new commissions by Florian Maier and James MacMillan.

Jörgen teaches at the Amsterdam Conservatory and has been appointed International Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He is also an active chamber musician. He was one of the founders of theNew Trombone Collective and the RCO Brass.

 He plays exclusively on instruments built by Antoine Courtois and has released 3 CDs on the label Channel Classics.

Elias Faingersh

Tenor Trombone

Elias Faingersh, is a graduate of both Malmö Musikhögskola and Manhattan School of Music. His unique style of composition and performance (genre cross-over, dramatization of music, masterful employment of live electronics) distinguish him from any other artist. His critically acclaimed show “Trombone Magic”was performed major halls, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Congress Hall of RigaMoscow Conservatory Hall etc. The show was shown on SVT, as well as on Latvian, Russian, Israeli TV.

Named “Europe’s golden trombone” by the critics, Elias Faingersh had performed in front of the European royalty, in front of prime ministers and presidents of the US, England, France and many other countries. His music plays in more than 50 theaters all around Scandinavia, in movies and TV and radio shows.

Elias’ work of using music as a powerful theatrical element had resulted in a number of pioneering, groundbreaking works:

“The Ugly Duckling”, performed at the Royal Danish Opera for H.C. Andersson’s 200th anniversary in front of all of the European royalty (later shown on DK1 – Danish national television).

”Hamlet-Drama for Trombone and Orchestra” (co-written with V. Borisova-Olas) premiered with the Malmo Symphony Orchestra under Rene Laurens, was shown on Swedish National Television a number of times and became an international hit, performed with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra under Bramwell Tovey, with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra under Benjamin Shwartz, and at such venues as the Kroneborg Castle in Helsinor (The renowned Hamlet Castle) and at the Gogol-Fest in Kiev.

”Romeo Dreaming” with ”Kroumata” performed in Stockholm and Malmo and was shown on Swedish National Television.

Hiroyuki Kurogane

Tenor Trombone

Hiroyuki Kurogane is a bass trombonist at the NHK Symphony Orchestra.

He graduated top of his year from the Tokyo University of Arts in 2008. His talent has been greatly appreciated since he was a university student and he has won numerous prizes such as the number one prize in the brass trombone section and the grand prize for the all brass section at the 4th Jeju International Brass Competition in South Korea as well as the number one prize at the 23rd Japan Wind and Percussion Competition.

Hiroyuki also plays as a soloist in many orchestras all over Japan as well as in wind orchestras. He has played concertos of Eric Ewazen, John Williams and Vaclav Nelhybel.

He participated Hungarian Trombone Boot Camp 2017-2019 as a Professor.

He is also a member of many ensemble groups such as the Trombone Quartet KLAR, the Japan XO Trombone Quartet, the Slide Japan and the Brass Ensemble ZERO.

Furthermore, Hiroyuki has released many CDs including “Boutry: Five Pieces” and “Four in Hand” (The Japan XO Trombone Quartet), “Take Off” (The Slide Japan), “Under the Blue Sky” (Bass Trombone Duo with Takumi Shinozaki).

Ximo Vicedo Davo

Tenor Trombone

Ximo is Principal Trombone of Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Televisión Española, collaborates with Orquestra de Cadaqués, Orchestra Mozart, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and teaches in Escuela Superior de Música Katarina Gurska. He's a guest teacher in diferent several young orchestras and taught Masterclasses and recitals in Spain, Portugal, México and Colombia.

Ximo Vicedo has studied in Onil (Alicante), Cartagena, Salamanca, Academia Internacional de Metales " Ciutat of Vila-real " with Inda Bonet and later move to study his Postgraduate in the CNSM of Paris with Gilles Milliere.

Ximo played trombone concertos with Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE, Orchestre du Prix de CSMDP, Orquesta de Albacete, Banda del CSMA, Banda Municipal de Barcelona and Banda Municipal de Madrid. He was a trombone tutor Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón since 2002 to 2013.

Ximo Vicedo is a STOMVI ARTIST.


Vanessa Fralick

Tenor Trombone

Vanessa Fralick joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Trombone in 2013. Prior to her current position, Ms. Fralick played three seasons as Acting Associate Principal Trombone of the St. Louis Symphony. She won her first orchestral position with the San Antonio Symphony in 2009, while pursuing her master’s degree at The Juilliard School. Ms. Fralick completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, studying with Jeffrey Hall and Gordon Wolfe, and also spent one year at McGill University. She has performed with major orchestras in San Francisco, Montreal, Boston, Malaysia, Utah, and Jacksonville. She played two summers in the prestigious Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland.

An active educator, Vanessa is on faculty at the University of Toronto, the National Music Camp of Canada, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and is the brass coach of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Vanessa also performs frequently as a soloist, most recently as a guest artist at Trombonanza 2017 in Argentina, at the 2016 International Trombone Festival in New York City and at the 2015 American Trombone Workshop in Washington, D.C. She has won first prize in several major competitions, including the 2012 Elora Festival Competition, 2011 Montreal Symphony Concerto Competition and 2010 Susan Slaughter International Solo Brass Competition, where she also performed as a guest artist at the International Women's Brass Conference. In 2009 she won concerto competitions both at Juilliard and at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.

While in the United States she received two generous grants from the Canada Council of the Arts. She is an alumna of the National Youth Orchestra and National Academy Orchestra of Canada, and occasionally plays alongside her brass-playing parents in the Niagara Symphony Orchestra in her hometown of St. Catharines, ON. She is also a core member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's beach volleyball team, the Gustav Bahlers.

In 2013, during her time as a member of the Trombones of the St. Louis Symphony, Vanessa recorded a full length album of trombone quartets entitled Fleur de Lis.

Jack Chou

Tenor Trombone

Jack Chou, a Bass and tenor trombonist at Kao Hsiung Symphony Orchestra from 2015 to 2017,  a member of Metropolis Ensemble from 2006 to 2011, founder of Metropolis Trombone Quartet 2010, and was the Principal trombone at New York Aisan Symphony Orchestra from 2006 to 2010. 

Born in Taoyuan, Taiwan. He has received his DMA in Trombone Performance at Rutgers University where he studied with Michael Powell, his master and professional study degree in Orchestral Trombone Performance at Manhattan school of Music where he studied with Stephen Norrell, and a B.M. from University of Southern California, (USC) where he studied with Terry Cravens. He has won competitions including twice Taiwan National Trombone Competition, the Concerto Competition at USC and Pasadena Show Case instrumental competition in California. 

Now, Dr. Chou is a trombone professor at National Taiwan University of Art, an Assistant professor at Tainan University in Taiwan, and Member of Formosa Trombone Quartet and principal trombone at Taiwan Connection Chamber Orchestra.

David Bruchez

Trombon soloists and pedagogue

Already at the age of 15 years, David Bruchez-Lalli received his first professional engagement at the Opéra de Lausanne. He was the first brass, who reached the final of «Eurovision Young musicians» 1994 in Warsaw.

He is the laureate of the «Concours d ‘Exécution Musicale de Genève», the «Tribune Internationale des Jeunes musiciens, UNESCO» in Bratislava and the Swiss youth music competition. He was also a fellow of the Ernst Göhner Foundation and of the Kiefer-Halblitzel.

After graduating with soloist’s diploma at the «Conservatoire de Musique» in Lausanne, he went to Berlin, where he played at the Herbert von Karajan Academy with the Berlin Philharmonic and established first contacts with Claudio Abbado.

He performed as a soloist with the following orchestras, among others: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, National Orchestra of Warsaw, Kremerata Baltica, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Lausanne Sinfonietta, Symphony Orchestra Basel, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Camerata St. Petersburg and the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra.

His repertoire is broad, and includes works from the Renaissance to today’s music. He performs music of the Renaissance with his own ensemble «Aura Consort» on original instruments.

Katy Jones

Tenor Trombone

Katy Jones (nee Pryce) started the trombone with Kirkby Lonsdale Brass Band at the age of 6. At 13, she was awarded a scholarship to Chetham’s School of Music, where she studied trombone with Chris Houlding, Rob Burtenshaw and Kevin Price. It was while she was at Chetham’s that Katy won the Brass Section of the BBC Young Musician of the Year. She was Principal Trombone in the NYO, where she was awarded the John Fletcher Prize.

Although she went on to study for a Degree in Pharmacy at Manchester University, Katy continued playing, winning the Bronze Medal in the Shell LSO Competition shortly after her second-year exams. Immediately after graduating with a Masters in Pharmacy, Katy was offered the Sub-Principal Trombone position in BBC National Orchestra of Wales, where she enjoyed three years. She relinquished this position in 2004 to freelance, and was asked to join the Fine Arts Brass Quintet. While freelancing. Katy was fortunate to play on soundtracks such as Star Wars, Revenge of the Sith, and Harry Potter, Order of the Phoenix. In 2007 Katy accepted the position of Co-Principal Trombone of the London Symphony Orchestra, with whom she toured the world under conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Sir Colin Davis and Pierre Boulez. Alongside her work with LSO, Katy has also appeared as Guest Principal trombone with many other London orchestras, and taught at the Birmingham Conservatoire and the Purcell School.

Katy accepted the position of Principal Trombone with the Halle Orchestra in Manchester, and started this post in 2012. She continues her work with Fine Arts Brass, teaches privately, and was recently invited to Germany to take masterclasses in orchestral audition technique and excerpt preparation. She is honoured to tutor with the NYO, a place where she learned so much and made life-long friends.

Achilles Liarmakopoulos

Tenor Trombone

Achilles Liarmakopoulos is the trombonist of the legendary Canadian Brass. He has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, performing and educating in the world’s most important venues and institutions.


Achilles holds degrees from the Yale University School of Music, Curtis Institute of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, and the Philippos Nakas Conservatory in his hometown Athens, Greece. Upon completion of his studies, he won the position of principal trombone of the Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra. Achilles has also performed with the Malaysian Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony, and the European Union Youth Orchestra, among many others. 


As a recitalist, Achilles has performed in China, Panama, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Austria, Finland, Greece, USA, and Canada, having been awarded honors at competitions around the globe. At the age of 18, he gave two solo performances at Walt Disney Hall as the Grand Prize Winner of the Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition judged by members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has gone on to win prizes at the Christian Lindberg International Competition, the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe (YMFE), and the International Trombone Festival’s Robert Marsteller/Conn-Selmer and Larry Wiehe solo competitions, to name a few. Achilles was also awarded the Alexandros S. Onassis Foundation and the Greek State Scholarship Foundation educational scholarships.


His discography includes five solo albums - "Obvious" with French Harp Soloist Coline-Marie Orliac,  “Ethereal” with 20th and 21st-century lyrical works from around the world, “Trombone Atrevido” dedicated to Choro music from Brazil, “Discoveries” with contemporary compositions on the ODEG label, “Tango Distinto” with Astor Piazzolla’s music on the NAXOS label  - five recordings with the Canadian Brass and numerous appearances on classical, pop, Latin, and other albums.


Achilles also performs around the world with Pink Martini and he has also performed with salsa icon Ruben Blades.


He is also an adjunct trombone professor at Brooklyn College at CUNY University in NY.


in 2020 he was elected as a member of the Board of Advisors for the International Trombone Association.


Abbie Conant

Tenor Trombone

Award-winning Performance artist and Juilliard trained trombonist Abbie Conant is somewhat of a legend in the international orchestral brass world. The story of her epic fight and ultimate victory against egregious gender discrimination in the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra where she won the position for principal trombone at a screened audition in1980,  inspired author Malcolm Gladwell to write the NY Times Bestseller, Blink where Ms. Conant’s story is detailed in the last chapter. The 11-year-long court battle was documented by composer/musicologist/activist, William Osborne in an article entitled, You Sound Like a Ladies Orchestra. The document is supported by actual court records and experiences in the orchestra with 89 footnotes. This source document has generated countless newspaper and magazine article  (Der Spiegel, {the German analog to Time Magazine}, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, etc.) as well as a documentary film, (Abbie Conant, Alone Among Men by Brenda Parkerson), a play produced at the Landestheater Linz, Austria by Award-winning British playwright, Tamssin Oglesby called, Der (eingebildeter) Frauenfeind, (The [Concieted] Misogynist) and a screen play for a feature film in the works by Canadian writer/producer Dale Wolf.  

After winning her lengthy court case, Ms. Conant won a full-tenured Professorship at the University of Music in Trossingen, Germany and left the orchestra in 1993. Abbie Conant has performed instrumental music theater works with surround sound electronics in over 150 different cities around the world. She has given masterclasses in as many esteemed music institution such as The Juilliard School, The Eastman School, New England Conservatory, Yale School of Music, Indiana University, Royal Northern College of Music, the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg, Sweden, DePaul, CalArts, McGill, Oberlin and many others. In collaboration with composer/husband William Osborne, the pair has created a new genre of chamber music theater. They have produced five evening-length chamber operas for singing/acting trombonist.   
While attending National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan in 1970, she won a scholarship to the famed Interlochen Arts Academy. She received her B.M. cum laude at Temple University with Dee Stewart of the Philadelphia Orchestra, then her M.M. at Juilliard with Metropolitan Orchestra Principal, Per Brevig. In addition, she holds an Artist Diploma from the Cologne University of Music with Branimir Slokar. At the suggestion of her teacher Dr. Karl Hinterbichler, she attend Tanglewood through the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (where she studied with bass trombonist of the BSO, Gordon Hallberg). She won the audition for the Colorado Philharmonic (an intensive training orchestra), Yale Summer Chamber Music Institute at Norfolk where she studied with John Swallow, and New College Music Festival as Brass Trio in Residence. The Spoleto Festival dei due Mondi took her to Italy where she studied contemporary music with Vinko Globokar at the L’Accademia Chigiana in Siena. From there, she won her first position as principal trombone of the Royal Opera of Turin, Italy. Her next position was for principal trombone of the Munich Philharmonic for 13 years where she was awarded the official honorable title of Kammersolistin der Stadt Muenchen after 10 years of exemplary musical service to the city of Munich, Germany.  

Ms. Conant has been the subject of several featured cover articles in various brass publications: International Trombone Association Journal, British Trombone Journal, The Brass Herald and others. She has been a guest on NPR’s Performance Today as well as on the West German Radio, SW German Radio, Canadian Broadcast Company, New York City’s classical station, WQXR.  

She has played all types and genres of music, including improvisation, in duo with guitar, shakuhachi, or harp, early music, contemporary music and film music. She has had film roles in the feature film, The Devil’s Triangle, directed by Vadim Glowna and in the epic 13 film story of a German composer’s life and times, Die Zweite Heimat, (The Second Homeland) by dir. Edgar Reitz.  

Ms. Conant has students in many different orchestras and teaching positions including, two former students in the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, the Stuttgart State Opera, the Southwest German Radio Orchestra, The Hamburg Symphony, the Regensburg Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, to name a few.  

Ms. Conant is also a published poet and librettist having co-written libretti with William Osborne’s music theater works (one-woman shows) Miriam, Street Scene for the Last Mad Soprano, Miriam, Cybeline and Aletheia.    

Her critically acclaimed CD Trombone and Organ is on the Audite label and the DVD, Music for the End of Time, an hour long tone poem for trombone, video and electronics inspired by six visions of the Revelation of St. John the Divine, and composed by William Osborne, is available through Polymnia Press. 

Fabrice Millischer

Tenor Trombone

Upon winning rst prize in the ARD International Music Competition, Fabrice Millischer is recognised as one of the most gifted contemporary trombone players in Europe. The 28-year-old is to date the rst and only winner of this challenging competition in the category of trombone. He is well known not only among professional musicians, but also among those fond of classical music in general.

Millischer started his musical education at the Conservatoire of Toulouse. Exposed to music since childhood, his love for music started with the piano, turned to the cello and ultimately to the trombone. He studied both instruments at the Conservatory of Toulouse and obtained highest marks on his graduation exams. Yet undecided between cello and trombone, he entered the CNSMD of Lyon where he took master classes on the trombone with Michel Becquet and Alain Manfrin and on the sackbut with Daniel Lassalle. At the same time, he continued his education on the cello at the CNSMD of Paris, taught by Philippe Muller, Roland Pidoux and Xavier Philips.

In 2006 Millischer formed the quartet called “Quartbone” with Aurélien Honoré, Jean-Philippe Navrez and Fabien Dornic. The “Quartbone” devoted its work to the topic of the development of the trombone from the Baroque period until the present.

Fabrice Millischer is frequently on tour with such famous Baroque groups as “Le Concert de Nations” under the direc- tion of Jordi Savall, “Sasqueboutiers” conducted by Daniel Lassalle and Jean-Pierre Canihac, and “Insula Orchestra” by Laurence Equilbey.

A soloist in frequent demand, he has been invited to play with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, the State Hermitage Orchestra in St. Petersburg, the National Orchestra of the Capitol in Tou- louse, the Symphony Orchestra in Cannes and the Ukrainian National Orchestra. On his tours Millischer has visited Washington, Beijing, Tokio, Seoul, Munich, Geneva and Paris (to name a few) and has participated in festivals devoted to brass instruments (e.g. the Eastern Trombone Workshop, the Epsival, the Cuivres en Dombes, the Limoux Cuivrée Spéciale).

Since 2008 Fabrice Millischer has been solo trombonist with the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Saarbrücken/ Kaiserslautern.

Taking a great interest in the music of our time, he has contributed to the creation of a number of works for the trombone. Many contemporary musical pieces have been composed and dedicated to Fabrice Millischer: “Trombone Concerto for Trombone and Brass Ensemble” by Jean Guillou, “Trombone Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra” by Patrick Burgan (referred to as “La chute de Lucifer”), “Libretto” by Etienne Perruchon and “L’appel sauvage” by Alain Celo.

Besides winning the rst prize in the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, he has also been laure-
ate in other international competitions for the trombone: Budapest (2005) and the competition of Sacqueboute in Toulouse (2006). Since 2009 he has been an active participant in the“Déclic” Programme of the AFAA (Association française d’action artistique) which promotes young talents. Also in 2009 he was awarded the Silver Medal of the Academy of Arts and Letters.
In 2011 Millischer became the rst trombonist to be awarded the rst prize in the category “Revelation Instrumental Soloist” by the “Victoires de la Musique Classique.” In the same year, he was recognized by the prestigious Académie Charles-Cros (Charles Cros Academy) with its grand prize.

Despite his young age, Fabrice Millischer is a highly sought Professor of Trombone. In 2008 he taught at the Conserv- atoire Paul Dukas in Paris and in 2009 he became Professor of Trombone at the Hochschule für Music Saar (Saarland College of Music). This made him the youngest professor for trombone in Germany. Moreover, he is regularly invited to give master classes in France and Europe as well as in other parts of the world: in Washington, Beijing, Quebec.

In 2013 he was appointed Professor of Trombone at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg (Freiburg Conservatory of Music).

Fabrice Millischer is presently working with Antoine Courtois Paris and plays the Legend 420 NSBHST.

Gabriele Malloggi

BassTrombone Master Class

Gabriele Malloggi was born in Pisa in 1972 and started playing the Trombone at the age of 9 with Maestro A.Andreotti. In 1991 he obtained the Scientific Experimental Maturity "Biologico Sanitaro" and then continued his musical studies with Maestro Walter Carpano at the "Luigi Cherubini" Conservatory of Florence where he graduated in Trombone in 1994.

He perfected and specialized in Bass Trombone under the guidance of teachers such as Micha Davis Israel Philarmonic, Charles G. Vernon Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Steve Norrell and MET Opera House in New York.

In 1994 he was selected by the "A.Toscanini" Academy of Imola to take part in the Advanced Course in Orchestra.

From 1995 to 1996 he was Bass Trombone of the Military Band of the Folgore Parachute Brigade, after which he began to collaborate with numerous orchestras.
In 1999, as the winner of the competition, he was chosen by Maestro Zubin Mehta to play the role of Bass Trombone in the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, a role he still plays with world-famous Masters such as C.Abbado, Z.Mehta, S.Ozawa, W.Sawallish, R.Muti, V.Giergiev and many others.

Today, as well as being part of "Gli Ottoni del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino", he collaborates with important musical institutions such as the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Accademia di Santa Cecila Orchestra, La Fenice GranTeatro also as a Double Bass Trombonist .

He teaches Trombone at the Italian Brass Week, has an intense teaching activity taking master classes in Italy but also in Japan, the United States and South America and is often present in commissions of competitions in the Orchestra.

From 2007 to 2017 he collaborates with other important brands, working in direct contact with Research and Development and contributing greatly to the development of bass trombones
From February 2018 he began his collaboration with the "XO Sophisticated Brass" accepting its endorsement.

Gabriele Malloggi plays a bass Trombone
XO model 1240LT.

Charlie Vernon

Bass Trombone Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Charles Vernon began his orchestral career as bass trombonist with the Baltimore Symphony, starting in September 1971. In 1980 he went to the San Francisco Symphony for one season. He was then chosen by Riccardo Muti to play bass trombone with the Philadelphia Orchestra, where he played for five years until coming to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1986.

A native of Asheville, North Carolina, Vernon attended Brevard College and Georgia State University, where he studied with Bill Hill as well as Gail Wilson, professor of trombone at Arizona State University. His mentor/teachers were Arnold Jacobs and Edward Kleinhammer, both former tuba and bass trombone of the Chicago Symphony.

Vernon has been on the faculties of Catholic University, Brevard Music Center, Philadelphia College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University, and the Curtis Institute and Northwestern University. Currently he is professor of trombone at DePaul University. Vernon has many solo and teaching appearances throughout the world.

In April 1991, with the CSO under Daniel Barenboim, he gave the world premiere of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Concerto for Bass Trombone, which was commissioned by the Orchestra for its centennial. In September 2006, he and the CSO premiered Chick’a’Bone Checkout, a new concerto for the alto, tenor and bass trombones and orchestra, written by trombonist and composer Christian Lindberg. Most recently, Chapters, an Incredible Bass Trombone Concerto by Jim Stephenson was played with Riccardo Muti and the CSO in June 2019.

Vernon and his wife, Alison, have several commissioned song cycles for soprano, trombone and piano written by the American composer Eric Ewazen and performed for many European and U.S. audiences.

He has two sons—Mark and Gary. Mark is a video game designer with Ubisoft games developer in San Francisco and Gary is a third Dan in Tae Kwon Do and a second Dan Black Belt in Hapkido and is also an instructor at Connellys Academy for Martial Arts.

As a part-time athlete, Vernon is an avid swimmer and a member of the Evanston Masters Swim Team. He is also a first Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and he comments, “As time passes, I realize that I must keep doing it, so that I can KEEP doing it!”

Stefan Schulz

Bass Trombone

Stefan Schulz initially played horn and later changed to trombone. He studied in Berlin and Chicago. Before he became a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker, he was bass trombonist with the Staatskapelle Berlin from 1993 to 2002. From 1996 to 2002, he also played in the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra.

His commitment to education has accompanied his musical career from the beginning: first as a mentor with the Orchestra Academy of the Staatskapelle Berlin, and as a lecturer at the University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover. From 2000 to 2004, he taught as a visiting professor at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin. Since the summer semester of 2004, Stefan Schulz has been a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts.

Stefan Schulz has performed as a soloist with renowned orchestras including the Rundfunk- Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Hamburg Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony etc.

He is a dedicated chamber musician and is a permanent member of the Brass Ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker and regular guest with the ensemble German Brass. Together with the trombonists Joseph Alessi, Michel Bequet and Jorgen van Rijen, he founded the World Trombone Quartet. A special artistic friendship links him with the composer and saxophonist Daniel Schnyder, some of whose works he has premiered and recorded on CD. Together with pianist Marcin Grochowina, he plays in the Daniel Schnyder Trio. Other composers whose works the trombonist has premiered and recorded on CD in recent years include Jean Michel Defaye, Niels Marthinsen and Poul Ruders.

He plays exclusively on instruments built by Antoine Courtois and has released 2 CDs on the swedish label BIS.

Ben van Dijk

Bass Trombone

Born in 1955 in The Hague, Ben van Dijk received his first trombone lessons from his father, Piet van Dijk, who at the time was solo trombonist of The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ben earned his Solo Diploma in trombone cum laude in 1980 at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In 1976, he was appointed to the bass trombone position in the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.

He continued to study with Jeff Reynolds and Roger Bobo in Los Angeles. After 23 years with the N.R.P.O., Ben joined the Rotterdam Philharmonic as solo bass trombonist.

Ben is currently Professor at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.

He was invited as teacher and soloist to the International Trombone Festivals in Detmold (Germany) in 1992, in Cleveland (USA) in 1994, in Utrecht (Holland) in 2000, in Denton (USA) in 2002, Birmingham (UK) in 2006 and in Austin (USA) in 2010.

Ben has also given master classes and recitals in Korea, Japan, Greece, Hungary, Sweden, England, Scotland, France, Spain, Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, the USA and many other countries.

In March 2014 he was elected First Vice President of the ITA (International Trombone Association).

He has released five solo CD’s, “Nana”, “First Song”, “Melody”, “Never Alone” and “World Concerto” which all received praising reviews in the most important brass/trombone magazines of today.

In recognition of his contributions to the ITA and to the trombone community at large Ben van Dijk was the recipient of the 2003 ITA Award. This award is the ITA’s most prestigious citation and it recognizes Ben’s artistic achievements and his tireless efforts in promoting and improving global trombone performance standards, brass pedagogy, and instrument design.

Ben plays exclusively on Thein trombones.

Steve Norrel


Steve Norrel joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 1981 and has played on six Grammy Award-winning recordings with Maestro James Levine. He has also toured and performed with the New York Philharmonic, along with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Before joining the Met, Steve was a member of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra and played summer seasons with the Baltimore Symphony (1977-79). Steve earned both his BM and MM degrees from The Juilliard School, where his principal instructor was Donald Harwood. Other prominent teachers include Philip Jameson, Charles Vernon, and Arnold Jacobs. Steve has been a faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music since 1988 and has performed frequently at the school since that time. Currently, he spends his summers as a member of the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson, Wyoming. Steve currently lives in Haworth, New Jersey with his wife, harpist Karen Stern, and his daughters, Jesse and Kim.


Bass Trombone

Principal Bass Trombone of Orchestre de Paris

Teacher at Conservatoire supérieur de Lyon

Assistant teacher at Conservatoire supérieur de Paris


Born in 1980, José Isla started the trombone at 10 years old. He then graduated with the highest honors from the Real Conservatorio Superio de Musica.


After graduating with a first prize in trombone in Claude Chevallier's studio and chamber music in Jens Macmanama's studio at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, José studied with renowned tombonists such as Branimir Slokar and Joseph Alessi.


A dedicated orchestra player, he performs with the most prestigious orchestras in Europe such as Opéra de Paris, Opéra de Valencia, Orchestra Mozart di Bologna, De Nederland Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Armin Jordan, and Claudio Abbado.


In 2004 he joins the Opéra Royal de Wallonie as Principal Bass Trombone, while maintaining an international career. In 2006 he is hand-picked to perform with the Verbier Festival Orchestra for an international tour around the globe with James Levine and Hernest Bloomsted.


José regularly gives recital and masterclasses in Spain's top conservatories. In 2013 he joins the Orchestre de Paris as Principal Bass Trombone.


Since May 2014, he is the Baas Trombone assistant teacher at his alma mater, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, and since Septembre 2019, Teacher at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon.


An avid chamber musician he is the founding member of Numskull Duo with Ricardo Molla Albero and of Made in Quartet, a trombone quartet he founded with David Rejano (Los Angeles Philharmonic), Jaume Gavilo (Dutch Radio Orchestra) and Ricardo Molla (Malaysian Philarmonic)

Matyas Veer

Bass Trombone

Matyas Veer is "S.E.Shires" performing artist and member of the State Orchestra Stuttgart (Staatsorchester Stuttgart).

     The wonderful country where Matyas Veer was born and his great family made it possible for him at the age of 8 to find his beloved instrument, trombone and singing. His parents, also professional musicians, suggested that he should pursue instrumental studies seriously, this is how he started to learn the basics of trombone playing, followed by advanced studies at the college of music and the Franz Liszt Music·Academy with Tivadar Sztán and Dr. Hőna Gusztáv.

     Bass trombone was his final choice, together they won several international competitions in 2016 Budapest, Hungary, 2008 Jeju, Korea, 2006 ITF, Birmingham, UK and 2005 ITF, New Orleans, USA .
Matyas is the only bass trombonist in the world altogether won these competitions.

     In addition, the Corpus Trombone Quartet, he was a founding member of, also won three first places in international competitions 2005 München, Germany, 2003 Guebwiller, France and 2003 ITF Helsinki, Finland.

     As a bass trombone player, he became one of the most universal musicians, who first played in the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, then joined the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra (NedPhO) in Amsterdam and from 2016 the Essener Philharmoniker and currently he is full time member of the Staatsorchester Stuttgart. 

     He worked together as a guest player with the following orchestras: BBC Wales National Symphony Orchestra, Opera North, Leeds, England, Palau de les arts "Reina Sofia" Valencia Opera House, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherland Radio ·Philharmonic Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Philharmonia London and The Hallé Orchestra Manchester.
And he played for example with the following conductors: Cornelius Meister, Lorin Maazel, Andris Nelsons, Daniele Gatti, Ingo Metzmacher, Christoph von Dohnányi, Lahav Shani and Sir Mark Elder.

     Matyas Veer held masterclasses and was member of jury at several competitions in·2004 ITF, 2014 DBTO (Dutch Bass Trombone Open), 2014 Laetzsch Trombone Festival, 2016 JEJU Brass Festival, 2016 Singapore Low Brass Festival, 2017 Slider Asia Festival, 2017 Jin Bao Festival, 2018 Corno Brass Festival and from 2017 he is the main organisor of the Hungarian Trombone Camp.

     He is also a recognised teacher. He taught at several Universities such as Guest Professor at Rotterdam CODART in 2014, CVA Conservatorium of Amsterdam in 2016, Royal College London in 2018, Royal Northern College 2018, Hochschule für Musik Würzburg and Sibelius Academy in 2019 .

Christian Jones

Bass Trombone

Christian Jones began playing the trombone at the age of ten and progressed through the excellent Staffordshire (UK) county music service before entering London's Royal Academy of Music (RAM) in 1998. Appointed bass trombonist in the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in 2001, aged 20, Christian was generously allowed by the BBC to complete his degree studies with Bob Hughes and graduate with first class honours in July 2002, a month before joining the self-governing Philharmonia Orchestra, London. After a decade of performing 150-200 concerts worldwide annually, and a year as Deputy Chairman of Philharmonia Ltd, Christian relocated to Yorkshire with his young family in 2012.

Now, as bass and contrabass trombonist at Opera North, Leeds, Christian is enjoying both the orchestral concert and opera schedules, including the first complete Ring Cycle in the company’s history. Christian has worked with all the major UK orchestras and the Symphonic Brass of London (including in Tromso!), LSO Brass, Britten Sinfonia, London Sinfonietta and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Married for ten years, Christian and his wife Katy (ex co-principal trombone of the LSO and now principal trombone of the Halle Orchestra, Manchester) shared a recital in the 2006 International Trombone Festival in Birmingham. In 2008 Christian premiered and recorded Gareth Wood's bass trombone concerto with the National Youth Brass Band of Wales: other solo engagements have included pre-concert performances at London’s Royal Festival Hall; numerous recitals at British Trombone Society events and as a faculty member of Dublin Brass Week in 2015. He was elected as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2009 and served as President of the British Trombone Society 2013-15, commissioning and premiering new works for trombone ensemble and helping the organisation to achieve Charitable status for the first time since its formation in 1985. He appeared as the ‘Mystery Guest’ on Chris Evans’s breakfast show on BBC Radio 2 in 2014, playing the trombone to an estimated audience of 9.5 million listeners!

As a teacher, Christian appears regularly on 'The Brass Academy' courses in the UK and coached the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain trombone section for the first time in 2015, returning this summer. He made his conducting debut in 2008, having been invited to prepare and present a brass concert at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Aragon in Zaragoza. He has also coached Messaien's Turangalila symphony for the Cambridge University Musical Society brass and given trombone masterclasses at the Royal Academy, Royal College, Royal Welsh College and Trinity College of Music. As a result of several years working closely with people suffering from dementia, Christian delivered a lecture to Bedfordshire music service on the issues and challenges this presents for musicians. 

Following the untimely death of Adrian (Benny) Morris in 2015, Christian was appointed in December as the Bass Trombone tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Having suffered a brachial neuritis (trapped nerves) while on tour in South America in 2014, Christian is now studying Pilates, Somatics and Accent Breathing, in order to hold and play the trombone with much less strain: he plans to pass on his experience and insights in this field as his knowledge develops.

Away from playing, Christian and Katy are gradually turning their village’s old doctor’s surgery into a home - the old consulting area is the music studio! Christian also enjoys running, cycling and walking in the Pennine hills, as well as spending as much time as possible with Katy and their two children!

Gabriel Langfur

Bass Trombone

Gabriel Langfur is bass trombonist of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Vermont Symphony Orchestras and an Associate Artist with the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass. His diverse performing career has taken him to virtually all of the professional orchestras and theaters in New England, the Naples (FL) Philharmonic and Alabama and Spokane (WA) Symphonies, and on tours with the Boston Symphony and Pops, Burning River Brass, Linda Ronstadt, and noted contemporary music ensemble Alarm Will Sound.

Mr. Langfur has appeared as a soloist with the U.S. Army Orchestra at the American (formerly Eastern) Trombone Workshop, the University of Rhode Island Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and the Vermont Symphony under the direction of Jaime Laredo. He was a featured soloist and guest faculty for the twentieth annual Festival of the Association of Brazilian Trombonists, and has given solo recitals and masterclasses at the Boston University College of Fine Arts and Tanglewood Institute, the American Trombone Workshop, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the University of Delaware, Tennessee Tech University, the University of Rhode Island, Brandeis University, King’s Chapel Boston, and Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord, Massachusetts. He was a member of the Orion Trombone Quartet, First Prize winners at the 1989 Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Pasadena, California. Along with two of his Oberlin classmates, he is a member of the Premru Quartet, a project to further the legacy of their teacher, trombonist and composer Raymond Premru, through performance and education.

In an ongoing effort to expand the bass trombone repertoire, Mr. Langfur has recently been involved in commissions and premieres of new works from Norman Bolter, John Stevens, Kenneth Fuchs, James Stephenson, Jeremy Howard Beck, and Eddie Bass, and he will perform the US premiere of Gregory Fritze’s Continental Concerto with the Boston University Wind Ensemble in February 2018. As a student, he commissioned Raymond Premru’s That Time of Year for bass trombone and marimba, and played it on the Dame Myra Hess Series at the Chicago Public Library, a performance broadcast on National Public Radio. In May 2005 he premiered Aaron Berkowitz’ Concerto for Bass Trombone and Ensemble with Alarm Will Sound under the direction of Alan Pierson.

Mr. Langfur is featured on a recent recording with the Thompson Brass Project, led by renowned trumpeter James Thompson of the Eastman School of Music. He has also performed on recordings with the Boston, Albany and Vermont Symphonies, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, retired Boston Symphony Principal Trombonist Ronald Barron, Norman Bolter’s Frequency Band, the Omar Thomas Large Ensemble, Mehmet Ali Sanlikol’s Whatsnext with Dave Liebman and Anat Cohen, and the Indigo Invention Group.

A sought after teacher, Mr. Langfur is a member of the music faculties of the Boston University College of Fine Arts, the Kinhaven Music School, and Wellesley College, and has served on the faculties of the Longy School of Music, the University of Rhode Island, and Brown University, as well as the summer festival faculties of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association, and Boston Youth Symphonies.

In addition to a busy performing and teaching career, Mr. Langfur is Managing Director of the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston. He holds a Masters Degree in Trombone Performance from New England Conservatory, as well as Bachelor of Arts (English Literature) and Bachelor of Music Degrees from Oberlin College and Conservatory. His teachers have included Raymond Premru, Norman Bolter, Per Brevig, Matthew Guilford and Charles Vernon. Gabriel Langfur is an S. E. Shires Artist.