XXIV International Brass Festival Italian Brass Week

Jörg Brückner
Olivier Darbellay
Luca Benucci
23-28 July 2023
Type of lesson

Italian Brass Week 2023


Florence July 23-28


Brass musicians, coming from all over the world, meet again in Florence and Arezzo, in Italy, to place themselves under the wings of great virtuosos, international soloists and members of the great orchestras of the world, their Masters.

All participants will be able to give breath to their instruments, breath to their vocation, music to the public.


During the Italian Brass Week there will also be the time  for new brass bands, listen solo recitals, and be part of world premieres, happenings, concerts of the Italian Brass Week Ensemble - the always original, unrepeatable and festive international formation directed for the occasion by Luca Benucci and Lito Fontana where students will be involved in multiple concerts throughout the week.


The didactic activities will take place in an exceptional location: the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, with soundproofed classrooms, air conditioning, in an environment dedicated to making music of the highest quality.


The concerts will be in enchanting locations in Florence which will leave even the general public breathless and will be announced after the press conference.


The Italian Brass Week has the breath and protection of amateurs and professionals of the arts, producers and ambassadors of Tuscany and patrons and sponsors also for scholarships aimed at young students.


For this XXIV edition, the following activities will be guaranteed to all members of the Festival included in the membership-registration fee which must be paid at the time of your online Application which has the deadline of July 10, 2023 until all available places for each class.


The participation fee can be paid in different ways:

By bank transfer, with PayPal transfer, please see APPLICATION on site.


All active members will be guaranteed the following activities and insurance:


RC insurance for all participants (does not include theft and damage to property tools and personal effects);


Student Secretariat active for every need - available every day for further information on hotels, restaurants and everything you need to feel good in Florence.


The tutors of the students will be your contact persons for any doubts and needs during the festival. On the first day they will let you discover the beauty and grandeur of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino theatre, they will also indicate the protocol to be observed inside the theater and they will show you the different classrooms where you will teach;


General program


* 08.15 Breathing Technique - Blow & Buzz Technique

* 09.00 -13.00 Individual lessons with the teachers of your class

* Lunch break (you will have an agreement for the restaurant)

* 15.00 Individual lessons with the teachers of your class

* 16.30 Ensemble music lessons for Brass Ensemble and Brass Band

* 19.15 end of activity in the Theater

* Dinner break (affiliated restaurants will be indicated near the concert location)

* 21.30 Evening concerts in various locations


"ACTIVE" students will be guaranteed the following activities:

23 July

8.00 - 11.00 participation payment and collection of the identification badge

a priority desk will be guaranteed for the participants in the Prize and as soon as they have regularized their participation they will be accompanied to the rooms to warm up.

10.00 WINGS TO TALENT international award for the assignment of 5 scholarships offered by A.N.B.I.M.A.

13.00 lunch break

3.00 pm orientation inside the theater with the Tutors

4.30 pm reading rehearsals for the festival concerts

19.15 end of activity in the theater.

the following activities will be guaranteed:

2 lessons of 30 minutes with each teacher that can be fixed using an app that will be sent to you once the registration has been regularized

From 24 to 28 July every day from 8.15 the Breathing Gym.

From 24 to 28 July chamber music lessons are scheduled every day for which you will be selected for your ensemble with which you will go to perform concerts in Florence and Arezzo.

From 24 to 28 individual lessons with the instructors are guaranteed at the following times: 9.00-13.00/15.00-16.30


Many concerts will be held during the festival, including a happening where you will be the protagonists and many other concert initiatives that will allow you to give voice to your art and have fun together with young people from all over the world.


Free admission to the evening concerts where the artists of the Italian Brass Week will perform with the exception of the concerts of 25 and 26 July.


"LISTENER" students will be guaranteed the following activities:

23 July

8.00 - 11.00 participation payment and collection of the identification badge

10.00 WINGS TO TALENT international award for the assignment of 5 scholarships (YOU CAN LISTEN TO THE COMPETITION)

3.00 pm orientation inside the theater with the Tutors

4.30 pm reading rehearsals for the festival concerts

19.15 end of activity in the theater.

From 24 to 28 July every day from 8.15 the Breathing Gym.
From 24 to 28 July you will be able to listen to the lessons of all the teachers engaged in their individual lessons.
From July 24th to 28th chamber music lessons are scheduled every day in which you can participate by playing to subsequently perform the concerts in Florence .

As soon as you have completed your online registration, you will receive a complete scheduleand personal asistent for the activities, timetables and anything else you may need for your stay in Florence.

 Membership fees are refundable until June 15, 2023.

For further clarifications, do not hesitate to write to Emilia Galli, segreteria@italianbrass.com who will be able to respond to all your needs.

Max members
200 euro membership fee plus 300 euro tuition fee for "active students", 200 membership fee plus 100 euro for "listener students"
Horn Campus
Trumpet Campus
Trombone Campus
Tuba Campus
Euphonium Campus

Jörg Brückner

23-28 July 2023

Horn Professor and Soloist

Prof. Jorg Bruckner was born in Leipzig in 1971

From 1989 to 1992 he studied at the Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar with Prof. R. Heimbuch ,
Prof. K. Biehlig and with Prof. Hermann Märker in Leipzig

From 1992 to 1997 he was the third horn in the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under the direction of Kurt Masur

From 1997 to 2008 he held the role of Principal Horn of the Dresden Philharmonic.

From 2008 to 2019 he held the role of principal horn of the Munich Philharmonic under the baton of principal conductors Christian Thielemann, Lorin Maazel and Valerie Gergiev.

Very active as a soloist, he has performed concerts with the Munich Philharmonic, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Leipzig Bach Orchestra and the Dresden Chamber Orchestra.

Alongside his activity as a soloist he also plays principal guest horn in the orchestras of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio, the Hamburg NDR Symphony Orchestra, the Hessian Radio Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, the Paris National Orchestra, the Amsterdam Concertgebow Orchestra and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra

Since 2006 he has been Professor of French horn at the FRANZ LISZT Weimar University of Music and holds masterclasses all over the world contributing to the training of thousands of young people who today stand out in the best orchestras on the international scene.

Olivier Darbellay

23-28 July 2023

Professore di Corno

Olivier Darbelley was born in Bern and grew up in a musical family. He studied the cello at the Bern Conservatory with Patrick Demenga and Peter Hörr as well as the horn with Thomas Müller in Bern and Basel. He completed his horn studies with Bruno Schneider in Freiburg i.Br., graduating “with excellence”. Since his first prize at the “Tribune des Jeunes interprètes” in 2000 in Lisbon, as well as being named “Soloist of the year 2000” at the Union of French Radios Competition, he performs as a soloist and chamber musician in the most prestigious halls and festivals across Europe, North America and Asia.

Olivier Darbellay specialises as much in the historical repertoire performed on period instruments as well as in the contemporary repertoire, where he works closely with composers such as Holliger, Gervasoni, Pauset, Gubler and Darbellay and regularly perfoms world premieres.

In addition to performing and being principal horn with the Berne Symphony Orchestra and the Kammerorchester Basel, Darbellay is a dedicated teacher, holding masterclasses and workshops across the world, as well as professorships at both the music academies of Lucerne and Lausanne.
Starting from 2022 is the artistic director of the newly founded „Berner Seefestspiele“.

Luca Benucci

23-28 July 2023

Principal Horn, Orchestra Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Luca Benucci’s vast performing and didactic career spans over 25 years and has left an indelible mark on the international music scene. Championing all genres of music under the batons of the most notable Orchestral Directors of our time, developing unique and varied Jazz, Chamber and Solo programs collaborating closely with Jazz and Classical Virtuosi and Pop/Rock stars alike, and by innovating new pedagogical approaches to performance and practice methodology, Mr. Benucci has positively influenced and enriched the lives of numerous professionals, amateurs, students, and audience members throughout the world.

Mr. Benucci has been invited to play as Guest Principal Horn in many prestigious Orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Solisten Berlin, Super World Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Orchestra Sinfonica di Barcelona, and the Radio Orchestra Svizzera Italiana. He still holds the full-time position of principal horn in the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra since 1995, under direction of Zubin Mehta.

When he isn’t working in the Orchestra, many of his other projects are done in collaboration with artists and musicians in chamber groups such as the Nuovo Quintetto Italiano, Italian Brass Ensemble, and the Brass Dimension Ensemble.

In addition to his musical work, Mr. Benucci founded and acts as artistic director of the Italian Brass Week, an annual international brass symposium and festival now in its 21st season, and the Italian Brass Academy in order to provide easily accessible world-class education to students from both Italy and around the globe. He has also established musical organisations and groups such as the Italian Chamber Orchestra, Mimesis Formazione, Maggio Formazione, Sardinia Brass Festival, Santa Fiora in Musica, Note di Viaggio, and Meet the Soloists - a project that brings Principal players and Soloists from the Maggio Musicale together for intimate and informal concerts and lectures.

As a highly sought after instructor, Mr. Benucci has held masterclasses in the most acclaimed Universities and Conservatories in the world, including Boston University, Roosevelt University, Juilliard School of Music, Curtis Institute of Music, Boston Conservatory, Indiana University, Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, Ankara University, Ionian University of Corfu, Maastricht Conservatory, Barcelona Conservatory, Tel-Aviv and Jaffa Universities, Musashino Music College of Tokyo, and the Shanghai Conservatory. He has also been invited as a guest teacher to international Brass Festivals in Hiroshima, Yamagata, Costa Rica, and Spain.

In his spare time, Luca is an avid chef and gastronome and loves to spend time with his two sons, Giacomo and Niccolò.

Mr. Benucci play with STOMVI, YAMAHA, HOLTON, MOENNIG instruments.





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