About the Brass Department
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Brass Department Faculty
Matthias HöfsProfessor, Trumpet
By the age of six, Matthias Höfs declared the trumpet his instrument, “because it shines so nicely”. He received his musical education from Professor Peter Kallensee at Hamburg University of Music and Theatre, as well as from Professor Konradin Groth at the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Just being eighteen years old, Höfs was already engaged as solo-trumpeter at the Philharmonic State Orchestra in Hamburg, where he enjoyed the fascinating world of opera for sixteen years. At the same time, Höfs became a member of the GERMAN BRASS Ensemble, with whom he continues to achieve worldwide successes.
Since their ﬁrst joint concert in 1985, he has been writing customized and innovative arrangements for his colleagues and himself, which span more than one genre and continue to inspire the world of brass. Matthias Höfs always proved to be a pioneering spirit by consistently widening the horizon of his instrument. These continuous developments are encouraged by a close cooperation with other composers, who feel themselves inspired by his incomparable virtuosity and joy of experimentation. Additionally inspired by his position as “trumpet ambassador” in his home state Schleswig-Holstein in Northern Germany as well as the cooperation with the instrument makers Max and Heinrich Thein.
Starting in 2000, Matthias Höfs has been teaching as a Professor at Hamburg University of Music and Theatre, where he continues to inspire his students with enthusiasm, passion for his instrument, and great knowledge. In addition to his extensive concert performances as solo-trumpeter and chamber musician, Höfs recorded numerous solo-albums, as well as over twenty recordings with GERMAN BRASS.
In October 2016 GERMAN BRASS was awarded with the ECHO Klassik – one of the most outstanding awards for national and international musicians.
Frits DamrowProfessor, Trumpet
Principal Trumpet Emeritus, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Frits Damrow started his musical carreer as principal trumpet of the Radio Symphony Orchestra of the Netherlands when he was 21 and still had to ﬁnish his studies at the Maastrichts Conservatory. After 9 years he was appointed as principal trumpet of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam holding this position from 1991 untill 2010. He was also active as a trumpet teacher at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam from 1993 untill 2010.
As a chamber musician Frits Damrow played in different groups like the Amsterdam Bach Soloists, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, the Ebony Band, the Brass Quintet and Brass Ensemble of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Since 2009 he has been Professor of trumpet at the University of the Arts in Zürich, Switzerland (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste).
He is a regular teacher and soloist at many summer courses and festivals, like the Hamamatsu Summer Wind Academy and the Affinis Festival in Japan, Musica Verano in Mexico, Ionian Summer Academy in Greece, Cursu International de Musica in Spain, Blekinge Int. Brass Academy and the Aurora Festival in Sweden, the Tbilisi Wind Festival in Georgia and Sauerland Herbst in Germany. He also gave Masterclasses at institutions like North Western University in Chicago, the San Fransisco Conservatory, the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, the Hochschulen in Freiburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Cologne, the Tchaikowsky Conservatory and Gnesin Academy in Moskou, the State Conservatory in Athens, Greece, Shobi University in Tokyo, the National University in Seoul and several Universities in China.
As a soloist Frits Damrow played with orchestras like the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Symfonietta Amsterdam, Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra, Italian Chamber Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Lithuania, the Philharminic Orchestra of Transilvania in Rumania, Slovak Symfonietta and the Symphony Orchestra of Seoul.
Andre SchochProfessor, Trumpet
Trumpet, Berliner Philharmoniker.
Andre Schoch has been a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker since 2017. From 2014 to 2017 he was principal trumpet at the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg. Before that, engagements as principal trumpet took him to the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. As soloist, Schoch has performed with the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg conducted by Kent Nagano, the Polish Kammerphilharmonie as part of the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Prague Chamber Orchestra and the Berliner Barock Solisten.
Alongside his orchestral engagements Andre Schoch is also in high demand as a chamber musician. He is a founding member of the ensemble “10forBrass” and the Duo Schoch/Höricke. Regularly Schoch is also invited to play with the famous ensemble “German Brass”.
Since 2020 Schoch is tutoring trumpet students at the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker and frequently leads rehearsals for the academy’s brass ensembles. From 2015 to 2017 he taught at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. Schoch has given serval acclaimed Masterclasses at the Karajan Academy, the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Manhattan School of Music.
Born in 1987, Schoch was given his first trumpet lesson at the age of eight by Ansgar Dümchen. From 2004 to 2007 he was a student at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe, studying with Professor Reinhold Friedrich and Professor Klaus Bräker. Later he studied with Professor Matthias Höfs at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg and from 2010 to 2012 with Gábor Tarkövi at the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Schoch‘s versatile repertoire, as soloist and chamber musician, has been released on various audio- and video recordings by labels such as Berlin Classics, Dabringhaus & Grimm and Genuin.
José RealAssociate Professor, Trumpet
Co-principal Solo Trumpet of Beethoven Orchester Bonn.
Jose Real Cintero was born in Llíria in 1992. At the age of 8 he began his musical studies at the Centro Unió Musical de Llíria, studies that he would continue at the Professional Conservatory of Llíria, Conservatorio Superior de Castelló and at the Joseph Haydn Conservatory in Eisenstadt (Austria), with Professor D. Reinhold Ambros. He extended his training by pursuing a Master’s degree in Interpretation at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, under the direction of Prof. Matthias Höfs.
He has attended courses and classes from professors Andrés Simeó, Vicente Campos, Enrique Rioja, Luis González, James Watson, Charles Geyer, Bárbara Buttler and Johannes Bartmann, among others.
He has revived the following PRIZES : Winner of the National Competition for Young Performers «Ciudad de Llíria». First prize in the «Villa de Castellnovo» Young Performers Contest. Professional Music Prize at the Llíria Conservatory, first classified in the Autonomous Phase of VII National Interpretation Contest «Intercentros Melómano» Valencian Community, first price in the International Trumpet Competition in Monçao (Portugal), among others.
He has received Scholarships from…the Balaguer Gonel Hermanos Foundation, Dávalos Fletcher Foundation and CulturArts Scholarship from the Generalitat Valenciana (Institut Valencià de Cultura).
Among his recordings: “Promenade” together with the pianist Miriam Montañana and “Kind of Gold” with Matthias Höfs-Ensembles.
He has collaborated with different orchestras such as JONDE, RTVE, Orquesta «Gran Teatre Liceu» Barcelona, Orquesta de Valencia, Orchestra Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, European Union Youth, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Verbier Festival Orchester, Essen Philharmoniker, Noord Nederlands Orkest , Bremen Philharmoniker, Hamburg Symphoniker, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and MúsicaAeterna, among others.
Most recently he has played with the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker and has collaborated as a solo trumpe with the Oslo Philarmonic and co-principal in Essener Philharmoniker.
Jennifer MontoneProfessor, French Horn
Grammy Award Winner Jennifer Montone has been hailed by the New York Times for her "flawless horn solos... and warm and noble sound". As Principal Horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and a world-acclaimed soloist, chamber musician and teacher, she has been on the faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School since joining the orchestra in 2006.
Previously the Principal Horn of the Saint Louis Symphony and Associate Principal Horn of the Dallas Symphony, Ms. Montone was an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University, performer/faculty at the Aspen Music Festival and School, and coaches on occasion at the New World Symphony. She was third horn of the New Jersey Symphony from 1997-2000, and has performed as a guest artist with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic.
Ms. Montone regularly performs as a soloist, with orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the National Symphony, the Polish National Radio Symphony, the Warsaw National Philharmonic, among others. Her recording of the Penderecki Horn Concerto, "Winterreise" with the Warsaw National Philharmonic won a 2013 Grammy Award in the category of "Best Classical Compendium". Other recordings include "Jennifer Montone Performs"- her first solo cd, "Still Falls the Rain"- works of Benjamin Britten, "Gabrieli" by the National Brass Ensemble, "Philadelphia Orchestra, Tchaikovsky and Ewald"- featuring the orchestra's principals brass quintet, and Song of Shinobeu"- works of Haruka Watanabe.
Ms. Montone made her Carnegie Weil Hall solo recital debut on October 22, 2008. She has enjoyed appearing as a featured artist at many International Horn Society workshops, and as a soloist and collaborator with artists such as Emmanuel Ax, Eric Owens, Christoph Eschenbach, Shmeul Ashkenazi, and Joseph Silverstein, and David Soyer, among many others.
As a chamber musician Ms. Montone performs with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, National Brass Ensemble, Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Bravo Vail Chamber Music Festival,Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla Chamber Music Festival, Bay Chamber Concerts, Spoleto Italy Chamber Music Festival, and the Marlboro Music Festival.
Ms. Montone is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with Julie Landsman, legendary pedagogue and former principal horn of the Metropolitan Opera. In May 2006 Ms. Montone was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. She is also the winner of the 1996 Paxman Young Horn Player of the Year Award in London, England. A native of northern Virginia, Ms. Montone studied with Edwin Thayer, principal horn of the National Symphony, in the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship Program. She is married to double bass player, Timothy Ressler, and immensely enjoys spending time with her two young sons, Max and Felix.
Marie Luise NeuneckerProfessor, French Horn
Marie Luise Neunecker
Marie-Luise Neunecker has excelled as an orchestral musician, soloist, and teacher. She has won competitions, served on competition juries, and recorded concertos and chamber works. Among her premieres is György Ligeti's Hamburgisches Konzert, which was composed especially for and dedicated to her.
Marie-Luise was born in 1955, first studying musicology and German, then completing her horn studies with Erich Penzel at the Hochschule für Musik Köln. Her playing career began with the Frankfurt Opera. In 1979 she was appointed principal horn with the Bamberg Symphony, followed by principal horn with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony (1981-1989).
Marie-Luise won the German Music Competition in Bonn (1982), and the Concert Artists Guild competition in New York (1986). She was also a prize-winner at ARD Competition in 1983 and was awarded the Frankfurt Music Prize in 2013. She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras around the world.
In addition to Ligeti's Hamburgisches Konzert, she has recorded works by Mozart, Strauss, Britten, Hindemith, Gliere, Glazunov, Schoeck, Shebalin, Koechlin, and Smyth. Volker David Kirchner dedicated Orfeo for baritone, horn, and piano to her, as well as his Horn Concerto, and his well-known Tre Poemi, for horn and piano. She has participated in festivals including Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Marlboro, Aldeburg, Risör, and Vienna.
Marie-Luise was appointed professor at the Frankfurt Academy of Music and Performing Arts in 1988 and has been professor at the Hochschule für Musik Hans Eisler in Berlin since 2004. She wrote about preventing dystonia in the May 2017 issue of The Horn Call and was a featured artist at the 2017 IHS International Symposium in Natal, Brazil. She was elected an IHS Honorary Member in 2017.
Nathaniel SilberschlagProfessor, French Horn
Nathaniel Silberschlag was appointed principal horn of The Cleveland Orchestra in May 2019, at age 21, and took up the position in August prior to the start of the 2019-20 season. He previously served as assistant principal horn of the Washington National Opera/Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, where he was the youngest member ever to win a position with the ensemble, at the age of 19. He completed his bachelor of music degree from New York's Juilliard School in May 2019, where he was a student of Julie Landsman and recipient of the Kovner Fellowship.
Born in Leonardtown, Maryland, in the Chesapeake region, Mr. Silberschlag comes from of a family of sixteen professional musicians across several generations. These include former principal players of the New York Philharmonic, Italian National Orchestra RAI, and Jerusalem Symphony. He is the third generation of his family to attend the Juilliard School. He made his debut in Italy at age 9, with news of the performance appearing on the front page of Italy’s newspaper La Stampa.
As a soloist, Nathaniel has performed with the Juilliard Orchestra, Bulgarian Philharmonic, Romania State Symphony, New York’s Little Orchestra Society, and the Chesapeake Orchestra. He has also played concerts with a variety of ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
At the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Mr. Silberschlag became a graduate of the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship program under the tutelage of Sylvia Alimena as part of her "Brass of Peace" scholarship program. He also spent two summers in the Kennedy Center’s Summer Music Institute. He was a fellow at the Music Academy of the West in the summers of 2017 and 2018, and in 2018 was named one of ten Zarin Mehta Fellows to perform with the New York Philharmonic as part of their 2018 Global Academy.
In 2015, he was the first recipient of the Edwin C. Thayer / Laurel Bennert Ohlson award for artistry and excellence in horn performance. Since 2007, he has been a full participant fellow at Italy's Alba Music Festival, and also attended the Eastern Music Festival in 2016. He is also a member of the New York Festival Brass Quintet.
María RubioAssociate Professor, French Horn
Maria Rubio Navarro began her French horn studies at the Alboraya Musical Society with Gabriel Diago, continuing her training at the Conservatorio Superior de Valencia, with José Rosell, at the Staatliche Musikhochschule Freiburg with Bruno Schneider, and with Javier Bonet, both in modern and natural horn.
She has been awarded prizes in numerous competitions, the most important of which are the Città di Porcia International Competition and the scholarship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
She is frequently invited to perform as a soloist at festivals both nationally and internationally such as the British Horn Society and has collaborated continuously as principal horn with the Berliner Philharmoniker, as well as many other European orchestras.
As a teacher, she has been invited by young orchestras around Spain, such as JONDE, OJA, JOGV, and conservatories like Guildhall School of Music and Drama or Berklee College of Music. She was a member of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid (Teatro Real), and since 2002 she holds the position of principal horn at the Orquesta de Valencia. She is a member of Quintet Cuesta, Dreisam Ensemble and Metal.lògic Ensemble.
David RejanoProfessor, Trombone
Principal Trombone, Los Angeles Philharmonic.
David Rejano is the Principal Trombone of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra since 2016. Before that, he served as Principal Trombone with the Orquestra Sinfonica de Navarra from 2002 to 2007, Principal Trombone with the Orquestra del Gran Teatro del Liceo de Barcelona (Barcelona Opera House) from 2007 to 2010, and Principal Trombone with the Münchner Philharmoniker from 2010 to 2016.
He has also performed as a guest with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestre National de France, Seoul Philharmonic, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks or the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Paris.
David Rejano appears frequently as a soloist at the Festival Européen du Trombone, Concours National de Trombone de France, Sapporo Festival, Summer Brass Festival or the International Trombone Festival, as well as with top orchestras like the Vancouver Symphony or the LAPhil. He frequently works together with Zubin Mehta, Gustavo Dudamel and Valery Gergiev.
As a sought-after teacher, David gives regularly Masterclasses all over the world, including the Guildhall School of London (England), Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris (France), New England Conservatory, CSU Northridge, UCLA, USC, Montclair State University (USA), Münchner Musikhochschule (Germany), Landeskonservatorium Innsbruck (Austria), Barenboim-Said Academy (Spain) and the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music (China); as well as coaches youth orchestras as the National Youth Orchestra of Spain, Youth Orchestra of Central America (Guatemala), Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA) and the Odeon Jugendorchester (Germany).
David Rejano (1982) was born in Badajoz /Spain/, and initially studied music at the Conservatory in Madrid. Then he moved to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, with professor Gilles Millière, where he graduated with the "Diplôme de Formation Supérieur - Mention très bien à l'unanimité" and the "Prix Spécial du Jury". He was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra -EUYO- and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra -WEDO- (with Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez).
Timothy HigginsProfessor, Trombone
Principal Trombone, San Francisco Symphony.
Timothy Higgins was appointed to the position of Principal Trombone of the San Francisco Symphony by Michael Tilson Thomas in 2008. He was previously the acting Second Trombonist with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC. Mr. Higgins, a Houston native, has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from Northwestern University and has performed with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Music of the Baroque, Aspen Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Washington National Opera, and Baltimore Symphony. His principal teachers have been Michael Mulcahy (Chicago Symphony), Michael Warny (Houston Grand Opera), and Royce Landon (Des Moines, Iowa). He has participated in music festivals with the Roundtop Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Tanglewood Music Center.
Along with a busy orchestra career, Timothy Higgins is a sought after arranger of music. He was the sole arranger of the National Brass Ensemble’s Gabrieli recording. Additionally, he has arranged music for CT3 Trombone Quartet, National Brass Quintet, Bay Brass, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Brass Ensemble. Timothy Higgins has also composed works for brass instruments in solo and chamber settings. His arrangements and compositions have been programmed by the Washington Symphonic Brass, Bay Brass, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony and numerous university brass ensembles. His arrangements and original compositions are available through his publishing company, 415Music.
As a teacher, Timothy been a faculty member of the Pokorny Seminar since 2012, and is currently on faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Northwestern University. He has also led masterclasses in Japan, China, Canada and the United States, including classes at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, the New World Symphony, Vanderbilt University, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Juilliard School of Music.
In 2005, Timothy won the Robert Marsteller Solo trombone competition, as well as the ITA Trombone Quartet competition with CT3. While attending the Tanglewood Music Center, Mr. Higgins was awarded the Grace B. Upton Award for Outstanding Fellow. In 2013, Timothy released his solo CD, Stage Left, which can be found on here. Recent albums include two self-produced recordings from 2020 in the Underground series.
Miguel García-CasasAssociate Professor, Trombone
Miguel García Casas (1994, Les Coves de Vinromà -Castellón-) began his musical studies with Israel Salvador at the music school of the Unió Musical Covarxina in his home town and with Félix García at the “Mestre Feliu” Conservatory in Benicarló (Castellón). He finishes the Professional Degree at the Conservatory “Mestre Tárrega” in Castellón with Juan Domínguez, obtaining the highest qualification and the Professional Degree Award. Later he studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid with Professor Elies Hernandis, finishing his studies with the highest marks and winning the RCSMM Extraordinary End of Studies Prize. He furthered his musical training by taking a Master’s Degree in Musical Performance at the Hochschule der Künste Bern with Professor Ian Bousfield. In addition, he has participated in numerous improvement courses with prestigious teachers at a national and international level, being also a student of Carlos Gil and Indalecio Bonet in the Stomvi Trombone Classroom.
From the beginning he is a member of the Unió Musical Covarxina and the Associació Musical Ciutat de Benicarló. He has been a full member of the Banda Federal de la Federación de Sociedades Musicales de la Comunidad Valenciana, the Jove Orquestra Simfònica de Castelló (JOSC), the Joven Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid (JORCAM), the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España (JONDE), the Nationaal Jeugdorkest (NJO) and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra Academy (SHMF); reserve of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester (GMJO) and the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO). He has also been awarded in competitions for young performers, such as the Second Prize in the Competition for Young Soloists of the “Mestre Tárrega” Conservatory in Castellón and the First Prize in the National Competition for Young Performers Ciutat de Xàtiva. As a soloist, he has performed with the Asociación Musical Ciutat de Benicarló and the Orquesta Sinfónica del Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, interpreting the concerts of Launy Gröndahl and Nino Rota, respectively.
In the professional field, he has collaborated with the Santa Cecilia Classical Orchestra, the Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, the Barbieri Symphony Orchestra and the European Philharmonic of Switzerland (EPOS), among others. In addition, he has been an academician of the “Orquestra Simfònica de les Illes Balear” and the “Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España”. In April 2017 he is selected as a trainee of the Biel Solothurn Theater Orchestra (Switzerland) and in September 2017 he wins the place of Trombone Soloist of the Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester (Frankfurt Opera House Symphony Orchestra).
With regard to chamber music, he has also collaborated with the ARTE chain (Germany) for the recording of Uwe Dierksen’s music in the film “Der Geiger von Florenz”, with Maestro Christoph Eschenbach together with the Kronberg Academy recording P. Hindemith’s Kammermusik and assiduously with the Frankfurt Chamber Brass ensemble. He is also a founding member of the bass brass group And The Brass and the trombone choir Nineties Trombone Ensemble.
David CribbProfessor, Tuba
Principal Tuba, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.
David Cribb was born in Murgon, Queensland. His first musical experiences were in the church choir and singing with his family at various functions in the area. After receiving piano lessons David started learning the Euphonium at the age of ten as part of the Queensland Department of Education instrumental music programme. At thirteen he changed to the tuba and after completing high school, was accepted into the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where he studied with Craig Cunningham and Adrew Jarvis. In 1995 David transferred to the Sydney Conservatorium to study with Steve Rosse and while completing his diploma of music worked extensively in Sydney and Melbourne as a freelance musician. David was a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra and took part in their 1996 Europe/North America tour.
In 1998 David moved to Frankfurt/Main to continue his studies with David Glidden (Solo-Tuba Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra / Bayreuth Festival Orchestra). In his two years in Frankfurt, he worked with the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, Theater Karlsruhe, Theater Wiesbaden, Darmstadt Theater, HR Brass, „bach, blech and blues“ and many other ensembles.
In 2000 David was awarded the position of Solo-Tuba with the orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin where he remained for five years, in this time he played with all of the Berlin orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle and the Staatsoper unter den Linden under Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez.
2005 saw David move to the renowned Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra where he is involved in regular international touring and recording. He has performed the Vaughan-Williams tuba concerto with the Gewandhaus Orchestra, is a founding member of the Gewandhaus Brass Quintet and teaches at the University of the Arts (UdK) Berlin and the Hochschule for Music and Theater in Leipzig.
Chris OlkaProfessor, Tuba
Principal Tuba, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Principal Tuba of the Cincinnati Symphony since 2016 and former Principal Tuba of the Seattle Symphony and Opera from 1999-2016, Christopher Olka has had a wide and varied career in music. His orchestral experience includes Principal Tuba of Gerard Schwarz’s All-Star Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa’s Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra, Guest Principal Tuba with the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, and New York Philharmonic.
Before becoming a full-time orchestral musician in 1999, Chris was an active freelance musician in New York where he performed in brass quintets, Dixieland bands, and most of the major orchestras in the area while completing his Master's degree at The Juilliard School.
From 1989 to 1996 he was a staff musician for the Walt Disney World Company in Orlando, Florida, where he was a member of many of the bands there including the TUBAFOURS tuba quartet, the world’s first full-time professional tuba quartet.
An active soloist and advocate of solo tuba literature, Chris has performed around the world in recitals and masterclass in addition to numerous orchestra, brass band, and wind ensemble solo appearances.
In 2006 Chris premiered and recorded the Samuel Jones Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra with the Seattle Symphony for the NAXOS record label. The concerto, which was written and commissioned for him, received critical acclaim internationally for the premiere and subsequent recording.
Chris started a YouTube channel in 2011 dedicated to education, product reviews, and all things tuba-related. His channel has thousands of subscribers and hundreds of thousands of views from around the globe. His website, www.chrisolka.com also hosts these videos along with a growing catalog of transcriptions of music arranged for solo tuba.
His education includes a B.M. from the University of Central Florida and a M.M. from the Juilliard School. Chris’s teachers include Warren Deck (New York Phil. Retired), Joe Alessi (New York Phil.), and Abe Torchinsky (Philadelphia Orch. Retired).
Chris is proud to be an Eastman Winds Performing Artist.
Gene PokornyProfessor, Tuba
Principal Tuba, Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Eugene (Gene) Pokorny is Principal Tuba of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has previously served as the tubist in the Israel Philharmonic, the Utah Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In addition to playing for Hollywood film scores such as Jurassic Park and The Fugitive, he has performed worldwide in opera orchestras, chamber music ensembles and orchestra festivals.
Pokorny regularly participates in brass seminars, playing recitals and holding masterclasses. He annually returns to Southern California to teach, play, and lecture at the Pokorny Seminar held at the University of Redlands; 2017 marks the tenth anniversary of this event. Pokorny has recorded several solo and educational CDs of his own and assisted Rolling Stones’ trombonist Michael Davis in recording numerous educational workbook CDs.
Pokorny studied tuba with Jeffrey Reynolds, Larry Johansen, Tommy Johnson and Roger Bobo. He graduated from the University of Southern California and has received an outstanding alumnus award from USC and an honorary doctorate from the University of Redlands.
Mike RoylanceProfessor, Tuba
Principal Tuba, Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Mike W. Roylance became the tubist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2003 Tanglewood season. Mr. Roylance attended the University of Miami and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. At Rollins College, he served on the faculty, conducting the brass ensemble and directing the Pep Band. He was also the professor of tuba and euphonium at the University of Central Florida. In Chicago, he played with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and Seattle Symphony Orchestra. He was also the principal tubist with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for the 2001–2002 season. Mr. Roylance performed on tuba and electric bass in a wide genre of ensembles such as orchestra, chamber groups, Dixieland bands, big bands, and Broadway shows. He was a member of Walt Disney World’s Orchestra and Rosie O’Grady’s Good Time Jazz Band. His career also includes performances in Europe and Japan, where he performed as a soloist and taught master classes. His European performances have included the Classical Festival Orchestra in Vienna, Austria, and the Sam Rivers RivBea Orchestra in Portugal. Mr. Roylance has studied with such notable players as Conni Weldod; former University of Miami professor James Jenkins (Jacksonville Symphony); Bob Tucci (Bavarian State Opera); Chester Schmitz (Boston Symphony, retired); Gene Pokorny (Chicago Symphony); and Floyd Cooley (San Francisco Symphony, retired).
Anne Jelle VisserProfessor, Tuba
Anne Jelle Visser
Professor, Zurich University of the Arts.
Dutch tubist Anne Jelle Visser is Professor of Tuba at the Zurich University of the Arts. From 1989 till 1996 Anne Jelle was Principal Tubist with the North Holland Philharmonic Orchestra and from 1999 until 2014 he was Solo Tuba with the Zurich Opera Orchestra. Over his orchestral career, he has worked with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Georg Solti, Franz Welser Möst, Daniele Gatti, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Nicolaus Harnoncourt, Ricardo Chailly and Mariss Jansons.
As a freelancer, Anne Jelle has played with several orchestras around the world including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian State Opera Orchestra, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. He performs frequently with the Zurich Jazz Orchestra.
As a soloist, he is in high demand and has played on all continents as a soloist with orchestra and in recital. Anne Jelle has given masterclasses in Japan, China, Australia, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Italy, Finland, Germany, Austria, Chile, France, Spain, Norway and Portugal. He has also performed at several Tuba and Brass Conferences.
Together with his good friend and Portuguese Tuba virtuoso Sergio Carolino they formed the duo 2tUBAS&friends. They have recorded several CDs and won the Roger Bobo Award for excellence in recording in 2008.
Anne Jelle studied at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. His teachers include Roger Bobo, Mel Culbertson, Rex Martin, Gene Pokorny, Donald Blakeslee, Warren Deck, Arnold Jacobs, Tommy Johnson, Bob Tucci and Laszlo Szabo.
His students from the Zurich University of the Arts have gone on to win orchestral positions in Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden, Estonia, Australia and China. Several students have become prizewinners at major international competitions.
Anne Jelle Visser is an International Yamaha Performing Artist.
José MartínezAssociate Professor, Tuba
Principal Tuba, Spanish National Symphony Orchestra.
A native of Chelva (Spain), Jose Martinez is the principal tuba of the National Orchestra of Spain since 2017.
An enthusiastic orchestral player, Martinez was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and performed as a guest with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops, Chicago Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, Jalisco Philharmonic, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Porto Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony and the Seattle Symphony.
A strong proponent of training orchestras, he was invited to play at the Spoleto Festival USA, Music Academy of the West Festival, Castleton Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, and with the Swedish National Orchestra Academy, Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic, European Union Youth Orchestra or the National Youth Orchestra of Spain.
Fascinated by chamber music, Jose is a member of brassONEquintet and cofounder of Duo2Artst!, a music, dance and theater project, alongside the ballerina Sherezade Soriano. He performed with artists from the New York Philharmonic and the American Brass Quintet as a Zarin Mehta Fellow or the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the MusicNOW contemporary music series.
He will forever be indebted to Mike Roylance, Gene Pokorny, Morten Agerup and Sergio Finca, his greatest influences. Having studied in Spain, Sweden and the USA, doctor Martinez is flattered to join Mediterranean Music College.
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