The festival will feature teachers from some of the best orchestras and brass chamber ensembles from across the world. These guest artists will present lectures and masterclasses on solo, chamber, orchestral, jazz and ancient music. This is a festival of musical diversity that will enable experiences like no other. 

Thomas Gansch

Born December 31, 1975, (St. Pölten) is a well-known Vienna-based Austrian trumpet player. In 1992 the brass septet Mnozil Brass was founded in which he has since played first trumpet. In 1999 he was invited to the Vienna Art Orchestra, a renowned European Big Band. Later he founded his own “little big band”, Gansch & Roses. Thomas Gansch performs on an unusual looking, self designed trumpet, commonly referred to as the “Gansch Horn,” that resembles a standard jazz B flat trumpet but with a rotary valve system. The instrument is made by the Austrian manufacturer Schagerl

Marcos García Vaquero

Marcos was born in 1988, he started playing trumpet at age 7 at the Punta Umbría wind band (Huelva), where he was born. He continues his music studies at the País Vasco College of Music (Musikene) and later at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. He won the National Competition “Yamaha-Alnafil” and collaborates with different orchestras during his musical career: Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, Spanish National Orchestra, Jalisco Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Cadaqués Orchestra…. Since 2017 he is Co-Principal Trumpet of the Madrid Symphony Orchestra (Royal Theater) and teacher at the en el Centro Superior de Música Progreso Musical in Madrid.

Miroslav Petkov

Born in the Bulgarian city of Varna, Miroslav Petkov started playing the trumpet at the age of 11. He studied at the Dobri Hristov National Academy of the Arts and the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold. Before joining the Concertgebouworkest in August 2016, he had served as principal trumpet player of the Nationaltheater Mannheim. Petkov has also given guest performances as principal trumpet player with the Ensemble Modern, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the NDR Elbharmonie Orchester in Hamburg. Petkov enjoys playing folk music, which he likes to flavour with jazz elements. He says, ‘It helps broaden my thinking. Plus a lot of classical music is based on folk music.’.

Roman Rindberger

Roman Rindberger (Austria, 1973) is an austrian trumpet player and musician. He studied in Salzburg, Mainz, Basel and Karlsruhe and had scholarships with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the Oper Zürich. He was principal trumpet of the Bayerische Staatsoper and Hessichen Staatstheater Wiesbaden. Since 2004 is a member of the group Mnozil Brass. Since 2012 he is professor for trumpet and chamber music at the MUK Music and Arts Private University of the city of Vienna.

Robert Rother

Robert Rother (1968) is from Melk. He received his first trumpet lessons at the age of eight from Johann Gansch. He graduated at the Vienna University of Music with Josef Pomberger. He studied trumpet pedagogy and later flute pedagogy at the Joseph Haydn Conservatory. Since 1985 he has worked as a freelancer with various vienesse orchestras. From 1990 he was Kapellmeister and music teacher in Mank. Since 1996 he has been musical director of the Musikverein Lyra Wiener Neudorf and joined the group Mnozil Brass, to which he has been a member ever since.

Omar Tomasoni

Omar Tomasoni is one of two principal trumpet players with the Concertgebouworkest, a position he has held since August 2013. He graduated with honours from the conservatory of Brescia, where he quickly established a career as principal trumpeter with the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala and from 2004 to 2008 the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Tomasoni has worked as a substitute with the Concertgebouworkest, the Mozart Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. In 2008, he was appointed principal trumpeter with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. He was awarded the Bronze Medal of the Italian Republic in 2003. Tomasoni is a member of Wonderbrass.

Estefanía Beceiro Vázquez

She was born in As Pontes de García Rodríguez, Spain (1986). There, she started playing horn at the conservatory, continuing her studies in Coruña and Basque Land (Musikene) College of Music, at the Reina Sofía School of Music and finally at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She won various competitions like “Dennis Brain Prize Competition” in London; she regularly collaborates with most of the Spanish Orchestras and some international orchestras such as: London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Mozart, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philarmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic…. Nowadays, Estefanía holds a permanent position as a Hornist at the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra and she is Natural Horn Teacher at the País Vasco College of Music (Musikene).

Rodrigo Ortiz Serrano

He was born in Horcajo de Santiago (Cuenca) in 1993. He studied horn and composition in Zaragoza and continued his studies at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin with Marie-Luise Neunecker, finishing with the highest marks.

He has performed as first horn in the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, and he is habitually invited as principal horn to the following orchestras: HR Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne, Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester Hannover, Bamberger Symphoniker, Frankfurter Opernorchester or Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London.

During the 2018 Season, he has been regularly playing guest principal horn with the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, and since 2016 he has been principal horn player in the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen Orchestra.

Very prolific composer, he has been awarded with the Inaem Music Composition Prize and the Colegio de España of the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris in 2017.

Laurens Woudenberg

Laurens Woudenberg (1982, The Hague) studied French horn at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague. In 2006 he joined the horn section of Het Gelders Orkest, eventually becoming its principal hornist. He also played with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and with ensembles such as the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and the ASKO/Schoenberg Ensemble. He has been a principal hornist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra since 2012.
Additionally, he´s a chamber musician; he regularly performas with Camerata Concertgebouworkest and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s brass ensemble.
Laurens Woudenberg making his debut as a soloist with te Royal Concertgebouworkest in 2016.

Adrián Castro Capuz

Adrián Castro Capuz was born in 1989 in Huesca, where he completed his Bachelor Degree in Physical Education and Sports. Meanwhile, Adrián studies trombone at the Aragón College of Music, continuing later his Master studies at the Hochschule für Musik Rostock (Germany) granted by the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Stipendium. Adrián normally plays with the following orchestras: Münchner Symphoniker, Antwerpen Sinfonieorchester, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, Frankfurt Oper, Staatstheater Nürnberg, Deutsche Kammerphilarmonie Bremen, Komische Oper Berlin, Nordeutsche Philarmonie, Volkstheater Rostock Orchester, European Union Youth Orchestra., Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Orquesta RTVE… Nowadays he holds a permanent trombone position at the Antwerpen Sinfonieorchester (Belgium).

Bart Claessens

Bart Claessens studied trombone at the Rotterdam Conservatoire with George Wiegel, Jörgen van Rijen, Pierre Volders and Ben van Dijk. He has also had private lessons and participated in masterclasses with Joseph Alessi, Michel Becquet, Bart van Lier, Christian Lindberg and Jonas Bylund. Claessens joined the Concertgebouworkest as a tenor and bass trombonist while still a student in March 2002, and was appointed principal trombonist of the orchestra in 2007. He is an active member of various chamber music ensembles, such as the Ebony Band and Concertgebouworkest Brass. He also gives regular solo performances. He teaches trombone at the Maastricht Academy of Music and gives masterclasses during Concertgebouworkest tours.

Gerhard Füßl

Gerhard Füßl was born in 1968 in Mondsee (Austria). Between 1988 and 1994 he studied at the University of Music of Viena; meanwhile, he regularly collaborated with different Austrian orchestras: Wiener Symphoniker, Salzburg Camerata and Volksoper Viena, among others. Since 1993 he is a member of Mnozil Brass; and since 1995 he teaches at the Upper Austria Music Schoold and at the Salzburg Mozarteum Music School.

Miguel García Casas

Miguel García Casas was born in 1994 in Les Coves de Vinromà (Castellón), where he made his first moves as a trombone player. Later on, he studied at the Benicarló, Castellón, Madrid conservatories and finally at the Hochschule für Musik Bern (Switzerland).

He is regularly invited by various symphony orchestras all over Spain, Germany or Switzerland. Regarding chamber music, he collaborated with ARTE Tv Channel (Germany) recording Uwe Dierksen’s music for the movie “Der Geiger von Florenz”, under the button of Christoph Eschenbach in collaboration with Frankfurt Chamber Brass. Besides, he is a founding member of And The Brass and Nineties Trombone Ensemble. In 2017 he is selected as an academist at the Theater Orchester Biel Solothurn (Switzerland) and in semptember 2017 he gets the Principal Trombone position at the Frankfurter Oper Museumsorchester.

Zoltan Kiss

Born in Budapest (Hungary) in 1980, Zoltan began playing the trombone at the age of 12 under the direction of Istvan Domany. He concentrated on developing his own technique and unique style during these early years, inspired by lead trumpet players such as Bill Chase and Maynard Ferguson. Zoltan won the 2000 Polish National Trombone Competition and again in 2003. Zoltan is member of Mnozil Brass since 2005. Zoltan engages himself as a soloist, in chamber music projects and holds trombone masterclasses and workshops.

Ricardo Mollá Albero

Born in Caudete (1992), he graduates with maximum grades at the s Alicante College of Music, Hochschule für Musik Hannover and Juilliard School of Music in New York. He wan more than 20 international competitons like the following: Grand Prize New York Artist International Competition (USA), INTERMUSICA International Competition (Austria), Die Hannoversche Börse der Musiktalente (Germany), Recontre International des Cuivres de l’IMEP (Belgium), Concorso Internazionale Citta di Chieri (Italy), International Virtuoso Competition (EEUU)… He was principal trombone at the Malasian Philharmonic Orchestra and Danish National Symphony Orchestra. He regularly teaches masterclasses and gives conferences in different countries of Europe, Asia and America. Nowadays he is a trombone internacional soloist and composer.

Leonhard Paul

Leonhard Paul is the trombonist and bass trumpeter in the world-famous Mnozil Brass and the Wieder-Gansch-Paul Trio. Originally from Vienna, Austria, Leonhard received diplomas in pedagogy studies and trombone studies from the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He went on to receive a degree in jazz trombone from the Conservatory of Music Vienna where he studied under Erich Kleinschuster.Since 2005, Leonhard has been a professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna-MDW where he teaches chamber music, early music (sackbut), and popular music. Leonhard has also performed on sackbut with the Wiener Akademie, Concentus Musicus Wien, and Tonus and on trombone with Salonorchester Alhambra and Die Eiserne Zeit among others.

Richard Alonso Díaz

Born in Boyacá (Colombia) where he started his musical studies at Pontificia Javeriana University. Since 2009 he has been studying in Argentina, and later on with Pedro Pulzován, Walter Hilgers and Sebastian Wageman in Germany.. Richard won several competitions: “Jóvenes Solistas de la Pontificia Universidad Javeriana”, “1° Concurso de Metal Festival Isla Verde Argentina”, “Concurso de Jóvenes Solistas Festival Internacional Trombonanza”, to name a few. He has been a guest soloist with several symphony orchestras and bands. In addition, it collaborates with different orchestras like Staatskapelle Berlin, Komische Oper, West-Estern Divan Orchestra… Nowadays, he is principal tuba at La Plata Argentinian Theater Symphony Orchestra and has a contract at Buenos Aires Philharmonic, and since 2020 at Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra.

Wildfried Brandstötter

Wilfried Brandstötter (born March 22, 1970 in Salzburg) is an Austrian tuba player. He studied bass tuba at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He is a founding member of Mnozil Brass. From 1996 to 2000 he was a member of the Klangforum Wien, a soloist ensemble for contemporary music. From 2000 to 2004 he was a solo tuba member of the “Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich”. In 2004 he was given the professorship for tuba at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz.

Perry Hoogendijk

Perry Hoogendijk started playing the tenor tuba when he was 9, receiving his first lessons from his father, before changing to bass tuba. At the Hilversum Conservatory he received his degree in Performance and Teaching. Continuing his education at the Conservatories of Essen and Detmold, he studied with Hans Nickel, Gene Pokorny, Rex Martin, and Charlie Vernon and Arnold Jacobs. Between 1996 and 2002 Perry Hoogendijk was a member of the North Holland Philharmonic Orchestra. In September 2004 he joined the Concertgebouworkest and was made Professor at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

Jonatan Sevilla Requena

Jonatan Sevilla Requena was born in San Clemente (Cuenca), where he started his tuba career, passing by Madrid and Amsterdam Conservatories later on. As an active chamber musician, he is usually invited to several festivals all over the world: Verbier Festival, Busan Maru International Music Festival, Jeju International Music Wind FestivalJonatan plays regularly with various symphony orchestras: Madrid Community Orchestra, Madrid Symphony Orchestra, Spanish National Orchestra, Spanish Radio Orchestra, Vallès Symphony Orchestra y and Salzburg Camerata among others. He holds a permanent tuba teacher position at the Profesional Music School of Amaniel and the CIEM Federico Moreno Torroba (Madrid) since 2018.

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