Italian Brass Week

18th International Brass Festival - Italian Brass Week

Dale Clevenger
Frank Lloyd
Froydis Ree Wekre
Luca Benucci
from 9th to 16th July, 2017
Type of lesson

The Horn campus has the following stipulations:

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

  • 3 lessons of 30 minutes with Luca Benucci 
  • 3 lessons of 30 minutes with Dale Clevenger
  • 3 lessons of 30 minutes with Frank Lloyd
  • 3 lessons of 30 minutes with Froydis Ree Wekre

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 250€ Tuition
Horn Camups
Trumpet Campus
Trombone Campus
Tuba Campus
Chamber music

Dale Clevenger

9-16 July 2017

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.

Frank Lloyd

9-16 July 2017

International Soloist

As the fourth of five children, Frank Lloyd was born into a non-musical family close to Rock on the north Cornish coast on 26th August 1952. He took up the Trombone in his school brass band at the age of thirteen, and on leaving school at fifteen he joined the Royal Marines Band Service and subsequently changed to the French Horn. 
In 1975 he left the services to embark on a course at the Royal Academy of Music studying under Ifor James. Within a few months however, Frank auditioned for, and was subsequently offered the post of Principal Horn with the Scottish National Orchestra, now the Royal Scottish Orchestra. After four and a half years in Scotland he returned to London and took up a post with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, remaining with them for three years.
By this time his career was taking a different direction as his demand as a soloist and Chamber player increased. Soon after leaving the RPO he joined the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, and the English Chamber Orchestra as Principal Horn. He also played with the Nash Ensemble chamber group. During this time he has performed as soloist as far afield as Winnipeg and Vancouver in Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, China and Australia, South Africa and all parts of the USA. He has been featured on many occasions at the International Horn Workshops around the world. He tours Europe extensively, giving master classes, performing as a soloist, and as a member of various chamber groups and orchestras. As a teacher, Frank was for several years’ professor of Horn at both the Guildhall School of Music and Trinity School of Music in London and in 1998 he was appointed to the position of Professor for Horn at the Folkwang-Hochschule (Folkwang University of Arts) in Essen, Germany, succeeding the previous professor, the renowned Hermann Baumann on his early retirement.

Frank has several solo recordings on disc, including Strauss 1st with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Mozart’s Horn Quintet with the Nash Ensemble, together with other chamber works, and Britten’s Serenade with the City of London Sinfonia. He has recorded all of the Mozart Horn Concerti with Richard Hickox and the Northern Sinfonia Orchestra available on the Chandos label. His latest recording is another Britten Serenade, with Philip Langridge and the English Chamber Orchestra, recorded on the Collins Classics label. 

Frank has been awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music (FRAM) in recognition of his achievements in the music profession. From 2004-2006 he was President of the International Horn Society and has just stepped down after serviing a second term from 2011-2014. He has settled in Essen, Germany with Rachel, his wife, who is one of the singing professors at the Folkwang University of Arts, and her two children. Frank’s own two daughters live in Edinburgh and during his frequent visits to Scotland he enjoys climbing the Munros.


Froydis Ree Wekre

9-16 July, 2017

Horn Professor - international pedagogue

Frøydis Ree Wekre is a Norwegian musician. She studied in Oslo, Sweden, Russia, and the United States. Originally a piano and violin player, Wekre did not take up the horn until age 17, having become fascinated with its sound. Her choice for the horn was also partly inspired by her having heard that it was a particularly difficult instrument to play. After only two years of studying horn with Wilhelm Lanzky-Otto and Vitaly Bujanovsky, she was invited to join the Norwegian Opera Orchestra. She obtained a post with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in 1961, where she became co-principal horn in 1965. Wekre stayed with the orchestra until her retirement in 1991.

Wekre is horn and wind chamber music professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music. She is an active lecturer and participates in juries at international competitions. Her book Thoughts on Playing the Horn Well has been translated into several languages. Frøydis Ree Wekre has been an honorary member of the International Horn Society since 1994, where she served as president for two years.

Renowned as a teacher and performer, Wekre has given masterclasses and workshops throughout Europe and North America.

Luca Benucci

9-16 July 2017

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)
IBW 14th Edition  (JPG, 33 Kb) IBW 14th Edition (JPG, 33 Kb)
IBW Card  (JPG, 92 Kb) IBW Card (JPG, 92 Kb)
Stomvi  (JPG, 69 Kb) Stomvi (JPG, 69 Kb)