XXV International Brass Festival Italian Brass Week


Italia Brass Week 2018

The Italian Brass Week International Festival, now in its 19th edition, will once again take place
in Florence, from 22 to 29 July 2018. In previous editions it has had a great response from the part
citizenship, tourists and professionals with accessions and consents of the public
The Festival will be organized in collaboration with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Russian Ministry of
Culture, the Florentine Chamber Orchestra, ANBIMA and the universities of different countries around the world, among the
such as: United States, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Spain and Germany. These universities will guarantee a
financial support to the many students who intend to attend our Masters. For this
edition we are activating a new synergy with Cordon Bleu for the realization of the “Rossini nel
plate ”, with the International Society for Contemporary Music, for the International prize of
composition "Golden Bridge" and with the international artist Simafra, for the art installation
contemporary on the Arno River during the Main Event at Ponte Vecchio.
Thanks to this network of Arts, the Artistic Director Luca Benucci and the Italian Brass Week team have
titled this edition of the Festival & # 39; A crescendo of Emotions & # 39;, in order to focus on the four
elements that distinguish Florence and enhance its internationality: Water, Gold, Nature and
The Festival has already obtained the patronage of: Tuscany Region, Metropolitan City and Municipality of Florence,
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Rome, Honorary Consulate of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Florence,
Honorary Consulate of the United States of America in Florence, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of
Venezuela in Rome.
The Italian Brass Week enjoys the support of many technical sponsors: Yamaha, Buffet Group, Oberrauch,
Frate Precision, Ed. Kruspe, B & amp; S Markneukirchen, Antoine Courtois, Stomvi Art and Technology,
Conn-Selmer Inc, Vincent Bach, Besson who actively contribute to its realization.
There are many industry and communication institutions that guarantee the Festival the right visibility, either
national and international, including: International Horn Society, International Trumpet Guild,
International Tuba and Euphonium Association, Tuscany Pocket media, Radio Rete Toscana
Classical, Florence Entertainment, Music magazine, Teatrionline, Nova Radio Città Furura, Amadeus, Awakening
music, Suonare news, The Florentine, Toscana Spettacolo, Florence Daily News, Florence News,
Florence Night, MET.
As for the last edition, we will open the crowdfunding campaign on the Indiegogo platform with
the goal of raising € 10,000 to finance 20 scholarships for young musicians to come
deemed suitable in the International Brass Contest. Each candidate, after registering online will be able to do
upload his video to YouTube and send us the link. All videos will be viewed and selected by
international jury of the Festival, made up of all the stars of the Brass firmament. The vote of the jury
will allow the winners to obtain the scholarship to participate in the Festival edition.
But that's not all, among the winners, the 10 candidates who will receive the most votes online
will have yet another opportunity, that of playing, as Soloists, in one of the
concerts of the Italian Brass Week. The results of the online contest will be announced on our website
www.italianbrass.com and published on our social pages.
The crowdfunding campaign will start in May and will end in June. Each donation will come
associated with a prize.
The Festival has, as in the previous editions, a training center at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale
Florentine. There will be 5 Master classes for trumpet, horn, trombone, bass trombone, tuba ed
euphonium, 6 morning lectures held by the teachers of the Festival, 8 Workshops and 18 concerts in the
most evocative places of the lily city, from the center to the outskirts.
The mission of the Festival is internationality, the training of young people: enhancing great talents, giving
them the opportunity to play and learn alongside the most important musicians in the world of brass;
promote and stimulate cultural exchange between young Italians and foreigners to consolidate one
reality that too often goes unnoticed.
Young collaborators under the age of 35 will work, together with the artistic director, in the phases of
production, logistics and communication of the event.
We will also go to enhance the Florentine traditions by creating unique events with appeal
international, involving its great artistic heritage, from squares to churches that
will become the favorite setting of our concerts, in addition to the added values of our Florentine identity,
such as the goldsmith shops on Ponte Vecchio, the carriages of the Fiaccherai, the art of

The masterclasses will be held by important brass artists including:
For the Horns:
- Dale Clevenger, former Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Indiana University
- Luca Benucci, Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
- Hermann Baumann, international soloist
- David Alan Cooper, Berliner Philarmoniker
For Trumpets:
- Allen Vizzutti, international soloist
- Francisco & # 39; Pacho & # 39; Flores, international soloist
- Rex Richardson, international soloist
- Andrea Tofanelli, international soloist
- Andrea Dell & # 39; Ira, Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
For Trombones:
- Jamie Williams, Deutsche Oper Berlin
- Massimo La Rosa, Cleveland Orchestra
- Zoltan Kiss, Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester UK
For bass trombones:
- Steve Norrell, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Manhattan School of Music
- Gabriele Malloggi, Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
For the Tubes:
- Gene Pokorny, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
- Roger Bobo, Brass Legend, international soloist
- Anne Jelle Visser, Zurich Hochschule
- Mario Barsotti, Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

The concert program includes evening concerts, matinees, workshops and happenings.
22 JULY 2018, 10.00 am
International Brass Contest & # 39; Wings to Talent & # 39;
22 JULY 2018, 9.30 pm
Cavea of the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Opening concert of the 19th edition of the International Festival & # 39; Italian Brass Week & # 39;
Russian Horn Orchestra and with IBW soloists
23 JULY 2018, 12.30 pm
Theater of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Matinée by IBW artists
23 JULY 2018, 6.30 pm
Independence Square
IBW Brass Quintet "Emotions in the suburbs"
23 JULY 2018, 9.30 pm
Buoneria del Fosso Macinante
Buoneria in Jazz - Welcome Party
24 JULY 2018, 12.30 pm
Theater of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Matinée by IBW artists
24 JULY 2018, 6.30 pm
Garden of Villa Arrivabene
IBW Brass Quintet "Emotions in the suburbs"
24 JULY 2018, 9.30 pm
Bargello National Museum
Bargello Fiorentino
Florentine Chamber Orchestra with IBW soloists
25 JULY 2018, 12.30 pm
Theater of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Mattinèe by IBW artists
25 JULY 2018, 6.30 pm
Anconella Park
IBW Brass Quintet "Emotions in the suburbs"
25 JULY 2018, 9.30 pm
Bargello National Museum
Bargello Fiorentino
Florentine Chamber Orchestra with IBW soloists
26 JULY 2018, 12.30 pm
Theater of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Mattinèe by IBW artists
26 JULY 2018, 6.30 pm
Piazza dell’Isolotto
IBW Brass Quintet "Emotions in the suburbs"
26 JULY 2018, 9.30 pm
Rossini & # 39; s Renaissance Day, Cenacle of Santa Croce
Concert and Italian Brass Week Culinary Award
dedicated to the celebration of Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868), musician and gourmet, in the 150th
anniversary of his death. The Soloists of the Festival will perform the most famous pages of the composer
Pesaro dedicated to our city, as well as the music that accompanied the return of his
body in Florence, performed at the Santa Maria Novella station, at the Duomo, in the Salone dei Cinquecento in
Palazzo Vecchio, and in Piazza Santa Croce, before burial in the Basilica dei Grandi, as well as
those famous pages taken from his masterpieces, brought to light by the superintendent and musician
Vittorio Gui, during the first edition of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival in 1933.
In collaboration with the Friends of the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
27 JULY 2018, 12.30 pm
Theater of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Mattinèe by IBW artists
27 JULY 2018, 6.30 pm
Garden of Horticulture
IBW Brass Quintet "Emotions in the suburbs"
27 JULY 2018, 5.00 pm
Historic center and Piazza della Signoria
Brass in Fiacchera - World Premiere
For the first time in the history of the Festival, as well as in that of our city, this will happen
event. Small IBW & # 39; s Ensembles will board the historic Florentine carriages, the Fiacchere, and
they will be led by the fiaccherai through the beauties of the historical center.
However these formations will follow an unusual and unprecedented path ... we will not stop at
usual & # 39; History of Florence & # 39; ...
Tourists and enthusiasts will all be transported, really and historically, through this
fascinating Florentine musical journey. The carriages will stop where something happened
musically extraordinary for our city, and the Brass Ensemble will remember that event with the
their executions, led by a guide from the Festival. The route will unfold from Via Tornabuoni, from that
Palazzo Bardi which saw the birth of melodrama, passing through Via Cerretani (at the corner of Via
dell & # 39; Olio) to remember that Albergo dell & # 39; Aquila Nera that hosted Mozart in his Florentine stay at the
court of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, for Via Fiesolana 14 and Piazzetta delle Belle Arti to remember the house
which saw the birthplace and the subsequent musical institution dedicated to Luigi Cherubini, for Via Cavour, at n.
13 Gioachino Rossini lived from 1848 to 1855, for Lungarno Vespucci 34, seat of the birthplace of
Giovan Battista Lulli, composer and dancer who became Master of Music of Louis XIV, the Sun King
28 JULY 2018, 12.30 pm
Theater of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Mattinèe by IBW artists
28 JULY 2018, 8.00 pm
Arno River, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Trinita Bridge, Lungarno degli Acciaiuoli, Lungarno Anna Maria Luisa
de 'Medici, Lungarno degli Archibusieri
Main Event - World Premiere
The meeting of the Arts in a city like Florence can only be an omen for a new one
Artistic Renaissance. Compositions dedicated to the Ponte Vecchio, contemporary art installations
positioned on the Arno River by the Florentine artist Simafra. Simafra's water dream will create
a floating floral constellation with iridescent effects of light and colors, due to continuity
water movement, the primordial element colors, lyrical show, poetic glitter, infinity of
constantly changing water and sky will create that concert