Concerts

21st International Brass Festival Italian Brass Week

21 Luglio

American Brass Quintet

American Brass Quintet

Kevin Cobb (Trumpet); Louis Hanzlik (Trumpet); Eric Reed (Horn); Michael Powell (Trombone); John D. Rojak (Bass Trombone)

Hailed by Newsweek as “the high priests of brass,” the American Brass Quintet isinternationally recognized as one of the era’s premier chamber music ensembles. “The most distinguished” of brass quintets (American Record Guide), the group has earned its stellar reputation through its celebrated performances, genre-defining commissioned works, and ongoing commitment to the education of generations of musicians. Since its founding in 1960, the American Brass Quintet has performed on five continents, made nearly 60 recordings, and premiered more than 150 contemporary works for brass.

The American Brass Quintet has commissioned works by leading composers that have contributed significantly to both contemporary chamber music and the foundation of the modern brass quintet repertoire. Such composers include Robert Beaser, William Bolcom, Elliott Carter, Eric Ewazen, Anthony Plog, Huang Ruo, David Sampson, Gunther Schuller, William Schuman, Joan Tower, and Charles Whittenberg, among many others. The Quintet’s Emerging Composer Commissioning program produced brass quintets by rising stars Gordon Beeferman, Jay Greenberg, Trevor Gureckis, and Shafer Mahoney. The group’s latest album Perspectives(2017), one of 12 albums with Summit Records, features music by Robert Paterson, Jay Greenberg, Sebastian Currier, and Eric Ewazen, and has earned praise for bringing the “utmostcohesion, balance, and expressivity to each of the scores they perform with ear-catching intensityand finesse” (Gramophone).

Celebrating its 60th anniversary season, the American Brass Quintet performs across the continental United States. Season highlights include the world premiere of a commission by NinaC. Young at Baltimore’s Shriver Hall and wide-ranging programs featuring works by composersspanning five centuries, including Claudio Monteverdi, Josquin des Pres,Anthony Holborne, Luca Marenzio, Osvaldo Lacerda, Joan Tower, Jennifer Higdon, David Sampson and Eric Ewazen, among others. The Quintet will make appearances in New York, NY; Chicago, IL, Lewiston, ME; Waterford and Norfolk, VA; Youngstown and Columbus, OH; Troy, NY; and Carmel, IN.

Committed to the development of brass chamber music through higher education, the American Brass Quintet has served as Ensemble-in-Residence at The Juilliard School since 1987 and at the Aspen Music Festival since 1970. President Emeritus Joseph Polisi has said of thegroup’s residency at Juilliard, “With intelligence, artistry, and imagination, the American BrassQuintet has exemplified the highest standards of chamber music for brass instruments during itsremarkable existence.” In 2017, the group launched the ABQ Seminar @ Aspen, a four-week brass chamber music intensive at the Aspen Music Festival that offers the highest caliber of training for emerging brass quintets and musicians. Since 2000, the Quintet also has shared its expertise in chamber music coaching and performance through a program of short residenciesthat feature regularly into the group’s touring schedule. Offering young musicians an intense chamber music experience over several days, the Quintet’s residencies have been embraced by schools and communities throughout the United States and in a dozen foreign countries.

Among its numerous distinctions and citations, the American Brass Quintet is the 2013 recipient of the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award for significant and lasting contributions to the field, the highest honor accorded by Chamber Music America.