Conductor and horn player of the Wiener Symphoniker Gergely Sugar received his principal education at the famous Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest and at the University of Music in Vienna where his professiors included composers Ivan Madarsz, Adam Kondor, conductors Tamas Gal, Laszlo Kovacs and horn players Friedrich Gavler and Adam Friedrich. At the age of 21 he became one of the youngest members of the Budapest Festival Orchestra udner the baton of Maestro Ivan Fischer who influenced him to persuade his conducting carrier. After winning the horn-audition and becoming a memner of the prestigious Wiener Symphoniker at the age of 23, Gergely continued his conducting studies with Maestro Jorma Panila in St. Petersburg , Russia dutch Orchestra creator Maestro Kees Bakels and David Gimenez Carreras. His first conducting engagement included the St. Petersburg Academic Festival Orchestra in Russia the chamber-players, chamber choir, brass ensemble and youth orchestra of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra throughout Malaysia as well as the Kammersymphonie der Wiener Symphoniker at the majestic Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Gergely has been cover conductor of the christoph won Dahnayi and Thomas Hampson for Arnold Schoenbergs ’A Survivor for Warsaw’ collaborated and conducted works by the american composer John Adams in Konzerthaus Wiener, premiered compositions by Miguel Kertsman and led the Illustrated Chamber Performances Concerts Series at the Petronas Twin Towers presenting classical masterpieces by Leopold and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Hydn, Antonin Dvorak, Johann Strauss and Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky in Kuala Lumpur. His Upcoming performance highlights in the 2017 season include works by Gustav Mahler, vilin concertos by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy abd Jurt Wil, works by Colon Nancarrow, Aaron Copland, Seregei Prokofiev, Ludwig van Beethoven and Igor Stravinsky. Gergely’s recordings as soloist of the Christoph Forster Horn Concerto, Jugend by Seigfried Karg Elert, Septett Op.20 by Ludwig van Beethoven and Robert Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro are available at the labes Solo Musica Munchen, Hungaroton and Scholoss Weinierl respectively. Gergely Sugar is University Professor at the University of Music and Performing Art in Graz,Austria. Gergely resides in Vienna with his wife violinist Orsolya Korcsolan and his son Natan.
GERGELY SUGAR - HUNGARY/AUSTRIA
GIANMARIO STRAPPATI - ITALY
Gianmario Strappati (Tuba) – Born in Ancona in 1999, he holds concerts as soloist, in chamber and orchestral formations. He has recorded for Rai, Vatican Radio, Sky Classica, Concerto-Music Media record company and published for the publishing houses Accademia and Micropress (works distributed by La Feltrinelli). As soloist he has performed in England, Romania, Albania, Germany, Greek, Moldova, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro (150th anniversary for the death of Gioacchino Rossini), Austria and in Russia at the prestigious “P.I. Tchaikovsky ” festival accompanied by the Bacau Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bulgarian National Symphony Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra (Russia, Udmurtia), the State Philarmonic Orchestra of Vidin in Bulgaria, the National Chamber Orchestra of Moldova, the Bulgarian Dianapolis Chamber Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of Kazakhstan. He was the first tubista to win the prestigious Nino Rota Award, previously gave to artists such K. Ricciarelli and J. Horowitz. He gives masterclass and workshop in some Universities and Conservatories in many states. Ancona, his city has awarded him with the meritorious citizenship. On March 23, 2019 he performed at the Bachmuseum in Leipzig, at the opening concert for the celebrations of the 334° birth of J. S. Bach and on June 29, 2019 he gave a recital at the Mozarteum in Salzsburg (Wiener Saal). Gianmario Strappati is “Ambassador of Don Bosco Missions for music in the world”.
MARCO PIEROBON - ITALY
First prize in international competitions of Passau (Germany), Imperia and Aqui Terme, Marco Pierobon has been for almost ten years “Principal Trumpet” of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra – Florence (1999-2002 under Zubin Mehta) and the Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra – Rome (2003-2008 under Antonio Pappano), and has collaborated as “Principal Trumpet” with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Daniel Barenboim) and the Filarmonica della Scala Orchestra. He has performed as soloist with the orchestras of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, English Chamber Orchestra, Vienna Kammerkonzert, I virtuosi del Teatro alla Scala, Max-Plank-Philharmonie München, Junge Philharmonie Salzburg, Marchigiana Philharmonic, with the orchestras of Mantua, Bolzano, Vicenza, in addition to the Marche wind orchestra and the State Police Military Wind Band. In this capacity he has worked, among others, with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Isaac Karabtchevsky, Etienne Siebens, Friedrich Heider, Guenther Neuhold, Ralph Gothoni in Japan, China, Europe and USA. In 2011 Marco was featured in a solo tour of Argentina, played with the Mar del Plata and Tucuman symphony Orchestras, held a recital in Buenos Aires and masterclasses in three different universities. Marco Pierobon has reliesed a CD for Accademia2008, called “SoLo”, with the Orchestra di Fiati delle Marche conducted by Michele Mangani. The cd was commented by Roger Bobo, brass legend, as “wonderful modern trumpet playing, full of musicality”. He has published a didactic DVD about brass instruments. He held Master Classes in USA, Canada, England, Greece, Germany and Austria, besides for several Italian Festivals and Academies. He has recorded for Sony and Emi with the Accadeia di S.Cecilia (Rome) Orchestra under the direction of Antonio Pappano. With the GomalanBrass Quintet he has performed throughout Europe, Asia and America, and published four cds and one DVD for Summit Records and Naxos. Since 2007 he is trumpet professor at the Conservatories of Bolzano and Reggio Emilia, Italy. Marco Pierobon is Yamaha Performing Artist and Wedge Mouthpiece Endorsing Artist. He plays exclusively on Yamaha instruments and Wedge mouthpieces. Yamaha & Wedge Performing Artist
GREGORY JONES - USA
Dr. Gregory Jones serves as the Director of the Purdue University Fort Wayne School of Music following a career at Truman State University in Missouri as trumpet professor and conductor of the brass choir and jazz band. He holds music degrees from Florida State University, the University of North Texas, and a Doctorate in Music Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. His wide variety of performance experiences include the Kansas City Symphony, the Moscow Radio Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Missouri Chamber Orchestra, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Texas Baroque Ensemble, the Grand Teton Seminar Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Allen Vizzutti, Al Jarreau, Audra McDonald, Bill Conti, Joshua Bell, the Dallas Cowboys Band, and many others. He has recorded for National Public Radio and continues to perform as a trumpet soloist and conductor. Dr. Jones has served as an artist-in-residence in Greece, a recipient of a Senior Fulbright Grant from the United States Information Agency and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars and has been a member of the Fulbright Selection Panel in Washington, D.C. Recent performances and clinics include the Melos Brass Academy on the Greek Island of Corfu where he performed and taught with Chris Martin of the Chicago Symphony, Frits Damrow of the Concertgebow Orchestra in Amsterdam, The Mnozil Brass, the Canadian Brass, and trombonist Christian Lindberg among others. Dr. Jones also often visits Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Albania where he has taught and performed as part of an ongoing program aided by the U.S. Embassy and Fulbright Foundation. He frequently tours China including performing the opening concert of the first conference of the newly formed China Trumpet Guild. In America he has recently appeared as a clinician at The Midwest Band Directors Clinic in Chicago and at Florida State University, Rice University, the University of Texas at Arlington, and at Missouri State University. The Purdue School of Music under Dr. Jones has recently added new degrees in music industry and recording and production as well as a state of the art recording studio on the campus of Sweetwater, a leader in music business. He has presented at the Fulbright Conference and for the National Association for Schools of Music conferences, both in Washington, DC. The wind ensemble from Purdue Fort Wayne recently toured Austria, the Czech Republic and Germany and is planning a China tour for 2020. His book, Developing Expression in Brass Performance and Teaching is available from Routledge/Taylor and Francis. He lives in Fort Wayne with his wife, Margo, an accomplished flutist. Contact: email@example.com
OTTO SAUTER - GERMANY
From 1988 until 1998 Sauter was principal trumpet in the Bremen State Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1991 he founded the annual Bremen International Trumpet Festival, and, in 1994, the Bremen Trumpet Academy. In 1995 he played with the Philharmonia Orchestra (London) in the presence of HRH Prince Charles at St. James‘s Palace, in 2000 at the Vatican in St. Peter‘s Square for Pope John Paul II and in 2001 with the China National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Muhai Tang in the Forbidden City in Beijing. He recorded with EMI Classics a CD series of world premiere recordings World of Baroque, with rediscovered compositions of baroque and early classical masters like Alessandro Scarlatti, Georg Reutter and J. M. Molter, that had not been performed in the last 250 years. Besides the baroque repertory, he has enlarged the repertory of contemporary original literature for piccolo trumpet with works by Julien-François Zbinden, Harald Genzmer and Jan Koetsier. In 2004 he premiered three pieces of the Czech composer Juraj Filas, whose teacher was a student of Dvořák, two of them at the Beethovenfest (Bonn). In 2008 he premiered a trumpet concerto for piccolo trumpet and symphony orchestra which was written for him by the Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis and arranged by Róbert Gulya in the Berlin and Cologne Philharmony. In 2004 he founded the Wartburg Festival on the Wartburg, and in 2005 the international choir and music festival Musica Sacra a Roma in Rome and at the Vatican. In 2006, for the 250th birthday of Mozart, he initiated the Little Amadeus & Friends Aktionstag for German grammar schools together with Peter Will, the television producer of the international children’s TV series (awarded with the Echo Klassik in Germany). In 2007-2008 he initiated and played 80 Little Amadeus Live concerts in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Otto Sauter is artistic director of the ensemble Ten of the Best and has worked with orchestras and artists like RSO Prague, RSO MDR and HR, Czech Philharmonic, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Bachcollegium Leipzig, Sinfonia Varsovia, Münchner Kammerorchester, Cappella Istropolitana, Edita Gruberová, José Carreras, Gösta Winbergh, Ivo Pogorelić, Elena Bashkirova, Jochen Kowalski, Mario Adorf, Michael Mendl, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Poppen, Marcello Viotti. To mark the 50-year anniversary of UNICEF Deutschland he gave a series of concerts in Germany. Each year he invites international artists like Montserrat Caballé and Bobby McFerrin to give a joint concert for the Otto Sauter Foundation on the shores of Lake Constance. In 2014 Otto Sauter founded the World & European Brass Association, an international cooperation of festivals, orchestras, universities and cultural institutions to support brass music in masterclasses, concerts and professional exchange in around 65 countries worldwide. Honorary music Advisors are among others Maestro Zubin Mehta, Andreas Schulz (Gewandhaus Leipzig), Ilona Schmiel (Tonhalle Zürich).
ANDREA CANAJ - ALBANIA
He finished the studies in the University of Arts in 1986 with pedagogue “Dhimiter Gjergji and Kristofor Qorri”. He continued his specialization with the famous pedagogue, “Andrie Van der Ween” from Netherlands. During his career he was principal horn at the “National Opera and Ballet” Orchestra and at te National Radio Television Orchestra. He has directed the horn cass at the Conservatory of Epir.in Janina, Greece (1999-2004). Since 1993 he is horn pedagogue at University of Arts in Albania and at the Faculty of Arts “Hasan Prishtina” in Kosovo.
ARKADY SHILKLOPER - RUSSIA
Was born in Moscow and started playing alto horn at the age of six. After two years of militaryservice (1974 – 1976) he studied at the Moscow Gnessin Institute from 1976 to 1981. At the same time he began his career in the orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre (1978 – 1985) and also began his first jazz activities. In 1984, he formed a duo with his colleague from the Bolshoi Theatre, bassist Mikhail Karetnikow, with whom he recorded the LP “Move”. (Melodiya, С60 26043 003) “Horncall”, 1988, by Jeffrey Agrell (Professor of Horn at the University of Iowa School of Music) “Shilkloper and his bass player swing like nobody’s business. He rips and riffs and goes places that horn players aren’t supposed to go without a net, map, seat belt, crash helmet, overhead air support, and a note from their mothers. And he does so with extraordinary ease and musicality. I think maybe nobody ever told him ‘Jazz playing on horn is very difficult, and probably not natural or perhaps the phrase does not translate into Russian.’ I’d walk a camel a mile to hear this guy.” From 1985 to 1989 he played with A. Kirichenko and S. Letov in the band Tri-O (LP “Three Holes”). At the same period he was a member of the Moscow State Philharmonic Symphony. Since 1986 he collaborates with pianist Mikhail Alperin. Their first album “Wave of Sorrow” (1990) was the first Russian album on ECM. Later Shilkloper participated in three more Alperin recordings for ECM: «North Story» (1997), «First Impression» (1999) and «Her First Dance» (2008). The «First Impression» was recorded on December 1997 at Rainbow Studio, Oslo. Tyran Grillo wrote in his review: “Ukrainian pianist and composer Misha Alperin joins forces for the first time in session with British reedist John Surman (a last-minute replacement for Tore Brunborg) in this melodious, spontaneous set. Augmented by Arkady Shilkloper on French horn and flugelhorn, Terje Gewelt on bass, and Jon Christensen on drums, their hypnotic nexus breathes ounces of thematic life into the “Overture” in watery, stepwise motion. Surman’s reptilian soprano takes us in some unexpected directions throughout a holistic introduction, while his unmistakable baritone threads resilient cables through “Twilight house” and “City Dance.” The first of these is where the session truly comes to life through his interactions with Alperin, while the latter serves a touch of groove in a veritable trill buffet (think Snakeoil). “Movement” features classical percussionist Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen (heard previously on No Birch) in a spindly improv, the pointillism and melancholy draw of which only thinly veil its composed undercurrent. A lovely solo from Shilkloper on French horn rises like a paper lantern lit and offered to the sky. Yet these are but the roofing to the album’s five “Impressions,” each a pillar in the dust.” In 1990, the Alperin-Shilkloper duo invites Sergey Starostin, a Moscow Conservatory-educated clarinetist and a researcher of Russian authentic folklore music, which results in the creation of Moscow Art Trio. The trio tours regularly, though its members now live in three different countries; it is one of the most interesting and well-known Ethno Jazz groups from Russia. In Russia, their albums were released by Boheme Music; in Europe, by Jaro. In 1990 Shilkloper visited US for the first time. According to Leonard Feather from the Los Angeles Times, “the Soviet French horn virtuoso was one of four Jazzmen from the Soviet Union who arrived here last week to take part in the 23rd annual University of Idaho Jazz Festival at his home town’s namesake city. Shilkloper, 33, on his first visit to the United States was the artistic sensation of the four-day event.” Since 1995, Arkady Shilkloper plays in Pago Libre with Austrian violinist Tscho Theissing, Swiss pianist John Wolf Brennan and Austrian bassist Georg Breinschmid (since January 2012, new member on double bass: Tom Götze from Dresden). Since 1998, Arkady also plays alphorn, quite an unusual instrument for improvised music. Arkady rates one of the best of the few existing jazz performers on alphorn. His “Pilatus”, “Presente Para Moscou” and “Zum Gipfel und zurück” albums feature a lot of his alphorn playing. In 1998 – 2002 Arkady Shilkloper performed with Europe’s leading big band, the Vienna Art Orchestra. In 2000, Arkady put together the Mauve Trio with Alegre Corrêa (guitar) and Georg Breinschmid (double bass). Their debut album “Mauve” (Quinton Records, 2002) was awarded the prestigious Hans Koller Prize of Austria as the “CD of the Year”. In 2004 he gave the first performance of the Concerto for Alphorn and Orchestra of Daniel Schnyder, a work commissioned by the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad. In 2015, Jazzahead presented his duet with the young Ukrainian jazz pianist Vadim Neselovsky. Shilkloper has mastered extended techniques for both the French horn and the alphorn. According to Leonard Feather, his control of the horn and his creativity have set a new standard.
JOERG-LEICHTFRIED - AUSTRIA
Lecturer for piano at JAM MUSIC LAB Private University, Vienna Master of Arts 2009 in Jazz piano at Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität, Vienna scholarship 2012 (BMUKK), work stay in New York commissioned piece for Lower Austria (art grant) 2017 commissioned piece for Lower Austria (art grant) 2019 selected record production: “Rooms” Duo Bertl Mayer / Jörg Leichtfried “Magicians Sounds And Other Beauties” Jörg Leichtfried Trio
“Misery Is Wasted On The Miserable” Elektro Jirschi Musical cooperation with (selection):
Wolfgang Puschnig, Hans Strasser, Michael Erian, Cameron Brown, Klemens Marktl, Stefan Pista Bartus, Hubert Bründlmayer, Dominik Fuss, Bertl Mayer, Hans Salomon, Klaus Dickbauer, Alexander Wladigeroff, Georg Buxhofer, Daniel Aebi, Piotr Baron, Andy Middleton national and international concerts (selection): ACFNY (New York), Somethin’ Jazz Club (New York), Dresden Jazzfestival (Germany), Harlem Jazz Club Barcelona (Spain), Porgy & Bess Vienna, Birdland Vienna, Cultural Forum Theran (Iran), Lublin Jazz Festival (Poland), Kraljevo Jazz Festival (Serbia), Jazz Festival Lungau (Salzburg), International Jazz Piano Festival Kalisz (Poland), ÖKF Warschau (Poland), Ermitage Garden Jazz Festival Moscow, Philharmonic Hall Belgorod (Russia), Odessa Jazz Festival (Ukraine), Vinnitsa Jazz Festival (Ukraine), Jazzfesival Jazzablanca (Casablanca, Morocco), Warsaw Jazzfestival (Poland), Krakow Jazzfestival Piwnica Pod Baranami (Poland), Jazzycolors Jazz Festival (Paris), Podgoricko Kulturno Ljeto (Montenegro), Carthage Jazz Festival (Tunisia), Binh Minh Jazzclub Hanoi (Vietnam), Sax N Art Jazzclub Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), No Black Tie Jazzclub Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Europa In Musica Rome (Italy)
DOMINIK FUSS - AUSTRIA
Born into a musical family, aged 7 he found out that he wants to be a trumpet player, after investing his lunch money for a whole school camp week, into a 10 CD-collection of Louis Armstrong. He studied in several universities (Vienna, Cologne, Graz…) and graduated with honors in jazz- trumpet & classical trumpet (-education). After his graduation he won the first prize for trumpet at the International Jazzsolist-Award “MasterJam Fest” in Odessa Ukraine, alongside other prize winners like Joey Alexander (US), Yissy Garcia (Cuba) & others. In the recent years he played around the globe, released his europewide acclaimed debut-Album “Ethology” (2016/ Dominik Fuss’ Rumpus) and initiated and leaded large ensembles like the Spittelberg JazzOrchestra, an young all-star big band playing new vienesse composers and their music. A bit later he started the family band Affair Dreyfuss (Affäre Dreyfuss): a band containing three members of one family (fuss), playing originals and arrangements from the bop-era and beyond. They released the album “In Good Company” last year (2018) in june. His newest project is the Duo Fuss/Leichtfried. Together they explore the borders between jazz tradition, classical and modern music, and played already all around the world together: Vietnam, Malyasia, Tunisia & Montenegro “Fuss and Leichtfried approach the freedom that the duo presents with courage in the use of space.” (Xavier Plus – Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, ORF) Improvised & Contemporary Music: Dee Dee Bridgewater, Vinko Globokar, George Lewis, Anthony Coleman, Dan Pugach Nonet, Daniel Riegler’s Studio Dan, Mathias Ruegg & Lia Pale, Dick Oatts, Heinz Czadeks Project Two, Eur(o)radio JazzOrchestra 2018, Oxana Omelchuk, Loren Stillman, Nicole Zuraisits, Joey Alexander, Ed Neumeister, Markus Stockhausen, Christoph Cech, Fabian Rucker, Phil Nykrin,… Classical Music: Juan Diego Flórez, Synchron Stage Orchestra (1st trumpet), Tonkünstler Orchester NÖ, Orchester der Vereinigten Bühnen Wien, Turkmenistan National Orchestra,… Popular Music: Parov Stelar Band, Norbert Schneider Band, Josh, Seiler & Speer, Johann Sebastian Bass Orchestra, Velojet, Martin Spengler und die foischn Wiener, Carla Natasha Salsa Band, Düsenfried & the Stuffgivers,… Pedagogic Work: private trumpet tutor & @Musikschule Klangspiele (1050)
PODIUM BRASS - CROATIA
Podium Brass Quintet was founded in November 2014, made by five excellent musicians: Marko Bobičanec (trumpet), Marin Zokić (trumpet), Hrvoje Pintarić (trumpet), Ivan Mučić (trombone) and Daniel Požgaj (tuba). The members of the quintet are all graduate and award-winning musicians, successful teachers employed at the Academy of music, music schools and in professional orchestras. Also, they are artistic directors of various amateur wind orchestras, and they are active members of various other chamber music ensembles. Quintet repertoire is based on promoting compositions by Croatian composers (Prohaska, Bobić, Josipović, Uhlik, Skender, Grubačević …). The repertoire of the ensemble is wide, from the early renaissance and the baroque, through classical music and romanticism, to the modern, jazz compositions, film and popular music.
IRIS HASANI - ALBANIA
Iris was born in 1986 in Korca Albania. She took her first lessons in piano in her hometown from the year 2005-2009 at music school“Tefta Tashko-Koco”. After her studies at Academy of Arts in Tirana with pedagogue Ina Petrollari (2009-2012), she graduated Master Degree for Chamber Music. She had lessons with many profesors of pianio in foreign countries like: Prof. Y. M. Galea Malta, Prof I. Ursula Viena ect. Iris is active in many concerts in different cities and couontries like solist but also in chember music or accompanying voice choir. Actually she is piano Pedagogue at High school of music “Jordan misja” in Tirana.