19th International Brass Festival - Italian Brass Week

Zoltan Kiss
Massimo La Rosa
Jamie Williams
Vincenzo Paratore
Steve Norrel
Gabriele Malloggi
from 22nd to 29th July, 2018
Type of lesson

The Trombone campus has the following stipulations:

Students enrolled will have lesson opportunities with the following teachers and their respective available times as follows for the duration of Italian Brass Week:

  • 1 lessons of 40 minutes with Massimo La Rosa
  • 3 lessons of 40 minutes with Zoltan Kiss
  • 3 lessons of 40 minutes with Jamie Williams


We have activated a course for Bass Trombone with Steve Norrel and Gabriele Malloggi. The course fee is 250 € Plus 200 of registration fee.


  • 3 lessons of 40 minutes with Gabriele Malloggi
  • 3 lessons of 40 minutes with Steve Norrel


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
20 for trombone tenore and 15 for bass trombone
Tenor Trombone Course: € 200 registration fee + € 300 participation fee. Trombone Basso course: € 250 registration fee + € 200 participation fee
Horn Camups
Trumpet Campus
Trombone Campus
Tuba Campus
International Award

Zoltan Kiss

22-29 July 2018

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 asInternational 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.

Massimo La Rosa

23-25 July 2018

Principal Trombone of the Cleveland Orchestra

Massimo La Rosa joined The Cleveland Orchestra as principal trombone in September 2007. He made his solo debut with the Orchestra in a gala concert in October 2011 performing Ferdinand David’s Trombone Concertino under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst. He was named “New Artist of the Month” by Musical America following the release of his solo recording, Cantando. 

Mr. La Rosa served as principal trombone of La Fenice Opera House 1996-2007. He also performed as principal trombone of the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra in Japan, La Scala Opera in Milan, and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome. As a concerto soloist, Mr. La Rosa has performed with La Fenice Orchestra, Sicilian Symphonic Orchestra of Palermo, Campinas Symphony in Brazil, and the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own.”  

Massimo La Rosa is a member of the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music and has presented recitals and masterclasses at major conservatories in the United States, Europe, Japan, and South America. As a Bach Trombone Artist, he recently worked with Conn-Selmer Inc. to develop a new Bach Artisan Trombone with the Massimo La Rosa (MLR-03) Valve. 

Born in Palermo, Italy, Massimo La Rosa grew up in Belmonte Mezzagno, a small town near Palermo. He attended the Conservatory of Music in Palermo, where he studied with Filippo Bonanno. Mr. La Rosa is committed to playing for social causes and has recently performed several benefit recitals in collaboration with the Italian Consulate in Cleveland and Detroit to raise money to benefit the ANFE Light of Life Foundation, an organization that provides financial assistance and treatment for children with retinal disorders.    

For further information, visit www.larosamassimo.com.

Jamie Williams

22-29 July 2018

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.

Vincenzo Paratore

22-29 July

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.

Steve Norrel

22-29 JULY 2018


Steve Norrell 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.

Gabriele Malloggi

23-29 July 2018

BassTrombone Master Class, Corso di Trombone Basso, Curso de Trombon,Posaune Kurse

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.