XXII International Brass Festival Italian Brass Week

Vincent Lepape
Zoltan Kiss
Gabriele Malloggi
From 1st until 8th August 2021
Type of lesson

Italian Brass Week 2021


for this edition, all festival members will be guaranteed the following activities included in the membership fee that must be paid at the time of your "Application" at the festival:

- RC insurance of all participants (does not include theft and damage to instruments and personal effects)

- Student Secretariat active for every need - available every day for further information about Hotels, Restaurants and everything you need to feel good in Florence. The students' Tutors will be your contact persons for any doubts and needs during the festival. On the first day they will make you discover the beauty and grandeur of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino theater, they will indicate the protocol to be observed and show you the different classrooms where you will teach.

- 3 Lessons of 30 minutes with each teacher that can be fixed through an app that will be forwarded to you once registration is regular

- From 2 to 7 August every day from 8.15 am the Breathing Gym which will take place outdoors

- From 2 to 7 August every day there will be singing and chamber music lessons for which the ensemble must be selected

- During the festival there will be two concerts, of which a happening, where you will be the protagonists

- Free admission to evening concerts where the artists of the Italian Brass Week will perform

- On August 8, the diplomas of merit will be delivered, participation is the one relating to the winners of the Wings to Talent 2021 award.



Anti-contagion protocol:


Italian Brass Week cares about your safety and To ensure the safety of everything and prevent coronavirus contagion, compliance with simple rules of conduct is required, such as:

- At the beginning of the festival you will find a station where you can perform the serological test, if you want to perform the test yourself, it must not be earlier than 48 before the start of the festival

- Daily measurement of body temperature at the entrance

- Maintaining interpersonal distance and mandatory use of the mask

Please refer to the competent health authorities regarding the health regulations that students arriving from abroad will have to follow.

Max members
200 membership fee (tutti) 300 complete campus, or 150 for 2 teachers
Horn Campus
Trumpet Campus
Trombone Campus
Tuba Campus
Euphonium Campus
International Award

Vincent Lepape

Principal Trombone Teatro Regio Turin

Vincent Lepape was born in Rouen 21 March 1972. He began his musical education in this city with Gilbert Moisand and pursued with Jacques Mauger before moving at the age of 16 to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. There he studied with Gilles Millière and also won First Trombone Prize and two First Chamber Music Awards in the class of Jean Douay. He perfected his training with Yves Demarle at the Paris National Conservatory of Music and received in 1992 an award for Excellence.

He collaborates with the most important orchestras such as the Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, the Paris Opera, the Opéra de Lyon, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Palau de les Arts (Valencia) Moscow Orchestra, Orchestre de Lyon, Orchestre de Cluj (Romania), the Montecarlo Orchestra, Opera Naples, Andras Schiff chamber orchestra “Capella Andrea Barca.”

In 1994, he won the competition for solo trombone in the orchestra of the Royal Theatre in Turin (Teatro Regio Torino), founded by conductor Arturo Toscanini and directed since 2007 by Gianandrea Noseda. With this orchestra he has made several recordings for Deutsche Grammophon and Chandos and participates in numerous tours during which he played in important venues (Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, Wiener Konzerthaus, Dresda, Edimburg .. .).

In 2002, he interpreted the first Italian performance of “Symphony for Trombone and Orchestra” by Ernest Bloch under the direction of Alexander Anisimov.

Vincent Lepape is a founding member of the brass quintet “Pentabrass” created in 1998 with whom he has recorded four CDs – Suite Impromptu (SCM Records Italy, 2001), Fred Mills and Pentabrass Quintet (Mark Records Ny Usa, 2008), To Fred with Love, the World’s Finest brass Players pay Tribute to Fred Mills (AppleJazz Records, 2010) and a recording with the participation of Adam Frey. With this ensemble, he has participated in over 300 concerts in America, Asia and Europe, among others at the Moscow Conservatory, the University of Georgia (USA), at the Festival di Jeju (South Korea), the Festival of Cartagena (Colombia), the Stresa Festival (Italy), the Brass Festival in Limoges. The Pentabrass Quintet held for 9 years (2000-2009) the “Pentabrass Festival” featuring world famous soloists and an international brass faculty, featuring world-renowned trombonists.

In 2009, he participated with his quintet, alongside Mnozil, Spanish Brass, Epsilon and Belgian Brass at the European Brass Orchestra conducted by Sylvain Cambreling and chaired by Pierre Boulez.

In 2012, he also founded the “Quartetto Italiano di Tromboni” with Matteo De Luca (Suisse Romande Orchestra), Devid Ceste and Diego Di Mario (RAI orchestra). They appear in many concerts in Europe and hold several master classes.

He regularly performs as a soloist throughout the world (Brazil, Colombia, Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany).

He participated on the CD “Trombonists Antoine Courtois play Jean-Michel Defaye” distributed by Harmonia Mundi (2015). He also recorded a solo with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet in the last CD of Brigitte Fontaine” I have the honor of being “(Universal, 2013).

He was invited as soloist at the Mediterranean Trombone Festival of Marseille (July 2015) and the Lausanne Trombone Festival (February 2016). His first solo CD will appear soon on Summit Records (USA).http://www.summitrecords.com

Vincent Lepape teaches trombone at numerous courses and academies such as Trombone and Kitchen in Auch, Spanish Brass Academy, 33 ° Curso de Verao di Brazilia (Brazil), Brassurround (Spain), Caluire Course, MC Festival Pereira (Colombia) , Internship Evian Fiatti Festival Novara (Italy), Alsace trombone Festival.

An International teacher, he has taught since 2007 at the Pôle Superior Conservatory of Aosta Valley. Students taking courses come from all over Italy. Many of his students are teachers themselves in the most important Italian institutions. But his class also attracts musicians from France, the United States, Japan, Spain or Colombia. He was invited with his class to represent Italy at the International Trombone Festival 2012 in Paris and Strasbourg and also at the European Trombone 2013.

He is actively involved in the success of his students, who win many auditions and competitions in the best orchestras such as: Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Orquestra Amazonas Philharmonic Manaus, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa), KZN Philharmonic Durban orchestra, Teatro Regio Torino, Arena di Verona, Maggio Fiorentino.

Since 2011, Vincent Lepape is the artistic director of the festival MasterBrass Palazzolo sull’Oglio (http://www.masterbrass.it/) where he invites some of the biggest international trombone soloists (Stefan Schulz, bass trombone in the Berliner Philarmoniquer, Michel Becquet), and chamber groups. In this framework, he organizes an annual week of concerts around the trombone. Annually, a CD containing the best moments of the festival is recorded. The fourth CD from the festival is distributed by Editions Aldebaran, as will be the fifth edition.

He is regularly invited to participate in numerous juries and competitions, including those of the Lyon Conservatoire, Geneva Hem Hem Lausanne, International Competition Chieri, International Concours d’Aosta.


Buffet-Group artist, Antoine Courtois.

Zoltan Kiss

International Soloist

Born in Budapest (Hungary) in 1980, Zoltán was largely self-taught, developing his technique through being inspired by leading trumpet players.

He attended the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, winning a handful of national competitions both as a soloist and with chamber ensembles.

Zoltán was invited to audition for the Austrian brass septet Mnozil Brass in 2005, for which he now tours the world performing in over 100 concerts per year.

He has released three albums to date including Slideshow (2010), Rebelión (2011), and Non-Stop (2014).

In 2014, Zoltán was appointed as International Trombone Tutor for the The Philip Jones Centre for Brass (Royal Northern College of Music) in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Zoltán plays exclusively on his signature trombones, Kissbone and KissboneX, designed in collaboration with Austrian maker, Schagerl. 

His self-designed ‘Zoltán Kiss’ edition mouthpiece is produced by Latsch Custom Brass in Germany.  

Whenever time permits, Zoltán engages himself as a guest soloist, educator, or adjudicator.

Gabriele Malloggi

BassTrombone, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Gabriele Malloggi was born in Pisa in 1972 and started playing the Trombone at the age of 9 with Maestro A.Andreotti. In 1991 he obtained the Scientific Experimental Maturity "Biologico Sanitaro" and then continued his musical studies with Maestro Walter Carpano at the "Luigi Cherubini" Conservatory of Florence where he graduated in Trombone in 1994.

He perfected and specialized in Bass Trombone under the guidance of teachers such as Micha Davis Israel Philarmonic, Charles G. Vernon Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Steve Norrell and MET Opera House in New York.

In 1994 he was selected by the "A.Toscanini" Academy of Imola to take part in the Advanced Course in Orchestra.

From 1995 to 1996 he was Bass Trombone of the Military Band of the Folgore Parachute Brigade, after which he began to collaborate with numerous orchestras.
In 1999, as the winner of the competition, he was chosen by Maestro Zubin Mehta to play the role of Bass Trombone in the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, a role he still plays with world-famous Masters such as C.Abbado, Z.Mehta, S.Ozawa, W.Sawallish, R.Muti, V.Giergiev and many others.

Today, as well as being part of "Gli Ottoni del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino", he collaborates with important musical institutions such as the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Accademia di Santa Cecila Orchestra, La Fenice GranTeatro also as a Double Bass Trombonist .

He teaches Trombone at the Italian Brass Week, has an intense teaching activity taking master classes in Italy but also in Japan, the United States and South America and is often present in commissions of competitions in the Orchestra.

From 2007 to 2017 he collaborates with other important brands, working in direct contact with Research and Development and contributing greatly to the development of bass trombones
From February 2018 he began his collaboration with the "XO Sophisticated Brass" accepting its endorsement.

Gabriele Malloggi plays a bass Trombone
XO model 1240LT.