XXV International Brass Festival Italian Brass Week


i concerti del festival 2017

XVIII International Festival
Florence, 8-16 July 2017
The ITALIAN BRASS WEEK International Festival, created and directed by Maestro Luca Benucci, first horn of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, reaches its eighteenth edition this year. As for the previous editions, it will take place in Florence, from 8 to 16 July 2017, and will involve teachers and international guests who will be engaged in a week of masterclasses, conferences and concerts dedicated to the world of brass.
The key element of the Festival is internationality, teachers from Germany, Holland, USA, Canada, Venezuela, Russia, Italy, Norway, Australia, Hungary, France, Great Britain will meet students from well over thirty countries around the world, from Japan to the South. America. An intense week of emotions that will see a synergy of personalities, institutions, organizations, associations of the city, Tuscany, Italy, Europe and the whole world, joining in Music and Brass World, together with sponsors, supporters and to the industry professionals who contribute to its realization: Yamaha, B & S Markneukirchen, Antoine Courtois, Stomvi Art and Technology, Conn-Selmer Inc, Vincent Bach, Besson, International Horn Society, International Trumpet Guild, International Tuba and Euphonium Association.
All the stars of the Brass firmament will gather in Florence. For the Trumpets we will have: FRANCISCO “PACHO” FLORES, International Soloist and Deutsche Grammophon Artist; OTTO SAUTER, Soloist and International Teacher; SERGEI NAKARIAKOV, International Soloist; CLAUDIO QUINTAVALLA, Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; ANDREA TOFANELLI, Soloist and International Teacher; REX RICHARDSON, International Soloist and Lecturer at Virginia Commonwealth University.

As for the previous Florentine editions, the institutional Partners will be: the Teatro dell'Opera di Firenze, the Municipality, the Province-Metropolitan City, the Region, the World Brass Association, the European Brass Association and A.N.B.I.M.A, Estate Fiorentina.
For the Media partners section we renew the collaboration with: Amadeus, Suonare news, Teatrionline, Magazine Musica, Toscana Tascabile, Firenze Spettacolo, The Florentine, Rete Toscana Classica, Novaradio Città Futura, Firenze Notte.
For this year the Festival will enjoy the patronage of several Embassies and Consulates: Australian Embassy in Rome, Canadian Embassy in Rome, French Honorary Consulate in Florence, British Embassy in Rome, Israeli Embassy in Rome, Royal Norwegian Embassy. in Rome, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Rome, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Rome.
For this eighteenth edition, the Festival has chosen the great Maestro Giotto di Bondone (1267-1337) as its concert center, on the 750th anniversary of his birth, retracing the Florentine biographical places of the artist. Like Giotto's art, the Festival also aims to be revolutionary, anticipating the formal and ideal values of the brass world in the two Missions: Music to People and Wings to Talent, the pillars of this edition. Many students of the Festival, as did that flock of painters who followed in Giotto's footsteps, will draw inspiration from the lectures, conferences, recitals and concerts of their Masters, teachers and international soloists, and will undertake their research strands that they will renew the vision and the contemporary musical approach, continuing that artistic work whose primary purpose is to arouse the deepest in the souls of performers and listeners, in the certainty that Beauty will save the world.
The revolution of the Festival therefore follows in Giotto's footsteps and does them by staging concrete actions set in real spaces of the lily city, with the most marked musical naturalness.
And here are the Giottesque places of the Festival.
Giotto's Bell Tower will be the setting for the preview of the “Giotto Bells” Festival (8 July 2017, 7.30 pm) and will host the world premiere of the creations of the Masters Michele Manganelli, Fabiano Fiorenzani and Cesare Valentini commissioned by the Festival itself. The Ottoni of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, under the direction of M ° Alain Trudel, will join the Bells of Giotto's architectural work, merging into the elements of the Maestro's language, in a musical creation as polychrome as it is marble in which the various timbres of the Ottoni will be made
interpreters of the artistic message of the composers Michele Manganelli, Fabiano Fiorenzani and Cesare Valentini. The Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, which has housed Giotto's Crucifix since the 13th century, will be the stage for the Recitals of the Festival Soloists (11 July 2017, 9.30 pm), accompanied by the major organ by Daniele Paoli, played by Maestro Andrea Severi, in a musical journey of divine manufacture that will join the plastic power of Giotto's image of


DALE CLEVENGER, Ex Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Indiana University;

LUCA BENUCCI, Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Conservatory of Music “B. Maderna ”of Cesena;

FRØYDIS REE WEKRE, Member of the International Horn Society, Lecturer at the Ingesund Music Academy (Sweden) and at the Royal Northen College of Music in Manchester (Great Britain);

FRANCIS LLOYD, International Soloist.



ALAIN TRUDEL, International Soloist and Teacher, Ambassador of Canadian Music at the Canadian Music Center, Yamaha International Artist and Conductor of the Orchester Symphonique de Laval;

JAMIE WILLIAMS, Deutsche Oper of Berlin and lecturer at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Rostock and at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin;

GABRIELE MALLOGGI, Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino;

JONATHAN REITH, Orchester National de France.

And, finally, for the Tube:

ROGER BOBO, Ex Los Angeles Philarmonic Orchestra, Brass legend and Teacher at the Musashino School of Music in Tokyo;

ANNE JELLE VISSER, Zurich Opera Orchestra, Lecturer at the Hochschule der Kunste in Zurich, Yamaha International Artist;

STEVE ROSSE, Soloist and International Teacher, Sydney Symphony Orchestra;

ROLAND SZENTPALI, International Soloist.