19th International Brass Festival - Italian Brass Week

Roger Bobo
Gene Pokorny
Anne Jelle Visser
Mario Barsotti
from 22nd to 29th July, 2017
Type of lesson

The Tuba 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 30 minutes with Roger Bobo
  • 2 lessons of 40 minutes with Anne Jelle Visser
  • 2 lessons of 40 minutes with Mario Barsotti
  • 2 lessons of 30 minutes with Gene Pokorny


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 Euro Registration and 300 Euro Tuition
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Trumpet Campus
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International Award

Roger Bobo

22nd - 29th July, 2018

Brass legend

Brass Legend, Virtuoso Soloist, World Renown Teacher… These are just a few catch phrases associated with Roger Bobo. He is in demand world wide as a teacher of all brass instruments, adjudicator at major international competitions, and as a conductor.

Roger Bobo currently resides in Japan and teaches at the Musashino School of Music in Tokyo. Prior to this move to Tokyo he served as faculty at the Fiesole School of Music near Florence, Italy, at the Lausanne Conservatory in Switzerland, and at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England.

Orchestras around the world have seen Roger Bobo as soloist, conductor and coach for brass sections preparing major symphonic repertoire. His students currently occupy positions in major symphony orchestras and universities throughout the world, and several have gone on to develop successful solo careers of their own.

As a conductor, Roger Bobo has a strong background playing for and studying the rehearsal and conducting technique of the greatest conductors in the world. During his twenty-five years with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, he had close associations with Zubin Mehta, Carlo Maria Giulini and Andre Previn, not to mention the many world class guest conductors of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A list of orchestras that have seen Roger Bobo as soloist, conductor or teacher would fill volumes. His career has covered as many continents as it has decades.

Complete listings of Roger Bobo’s solo recordings as well as commercial recordings with the Los Angeles Philharmonic are available on this site. Keep an eye out for future listings of film scores that feature Roger Bobo.

Please take advantage of the many other resources on this site to learn more about Brass Legend, Roger Bobo. New information and features of this site are under development. Check back often for more information.

Gene Pokorny

22-29 July 2018

Tuba of the Chicago Symphony

Principal Tuba
The Arnold Jacobs Principal Tuba Chair, endowed by Christine Querfeld

Gene Pokorny has been the tuba player in the Chicago Symphony since 1989. He has previously also been the tuba player in the Israel Philharmonic, the Utah Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In addition to playing film scores in Hollywood (“Jurassic Park”, “The Fugitive”, etc.), he has played in chamber music, opera orchestras and orchestra festivals worldwide.

He grew up in a trailer park in Downey, California, about a mile from where the Apollo command modules that first took man to the moon were built. He studied tuba in Southern California with Jeffrey Reynolds, Larry Johansen, Tommy Johnson and Roger Bobo.

When he isn’t counting rests in the back row of the stage of Orchestra Hall, he teaches worldwide. This July marks the tenth year of his Pokorny Seminar held at the University of Redlands (California) from July 3-8. Pokorny has several solo and educational CDs of his own and assisted Rolling Stones’ trombonist, Michael Davis, in recording several educational workbook/CDs. He received an Outstanding Alumnus Award and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Southern California and the University of Redlands, respectively.

Gene is a member of the Union Pacific (Railroad) Historical Society and spends time as a “foamer” (watching and chasing trains). He is a card-carrying member of The Three Stooges Fan Club (a “victim of soicumstances!”) and is an avid enthusiast of his good friend David “Red” Lehr, the greatest Dixieland sousaphonist in the known universe. Gene, his wife Beth Lodal (who despite being a tuba player has a 3-digit I.Q.) and their basset hounds, (non-musicians who happen to have real lives), regularly forage from their refrigerator, which is located in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago.

Anne Jelle Visser

22nd - 29th July, 2018

Dutch tubist Anne Jelle Visser is currently principal tuba  with the Zurich Opera Orchestra and has held this position since 1999. Before joining the Zurich Opera he held the same position with the North Holland Philharmonic Orchestra. He has worked with conductors like Zubin Mehta, Georg Solti, Bernard Haitink, Valery Gergiev, Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Chailly, Christoph von Dohnanyi and Franz Welser Most.

Anne Jelle is Professor of tuba at the Zurich Hochschule der Künste and taught in 2008 and 2009 at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, Germany. As a soloist he is in high demand and has played on all continents as a soloist with orchestra and in recital. He has also performed at several International Brass Conferences.

Together with Portuguese virtuoso Sergio Carolino he forms the "Ensemble 2 tubas and friends".

Anne Jelle is an International Yamaha Performing Artist.

Mario Barsotti

22-29 July 2018

Tuba of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

He began the study of the bass-tuba at the Istituto Musicale of Aosta and later graduated from the Conservatory "A. Boito"  in Parma.Later he participated in the postgraduate studies of the Fiesole School of Music under the guidance of masters R. Bobo and V. Globokar and he played the role of bass-tuba at the Italian Youth Orchestra. He won the scholarship to attend the School of High Musical Improvement of Saluzzo with the teachers D. Glidden and R. Tucci.
He was admitted in the class of Virtuosité at the Conservatory of Lausanne (Switzerland) under the guidance of Maestro R. Bobo where he obtained "The Premier Prix de Virtuosité avec félicitations" later perfected also with the masters R. Martin and G. Pokorny .
Winner of various auditions, he has collaborated in the major Italian lyric-symphonic institutions under the direction of the masters C. Abbado, Z. Mehta, R. Muti, C.M. Giulini, S. Ozawa, G. Sinopoli, L. Maazel, G. Prètre, S. Bychkov. He won contests for the short-tuba position at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence (principal conductor Z. Mehta), a role he still holds. The concert experience gained over the years through tours in Italy, Europe, America and Asia, combines the teaching activity holding several master classes.