XXII International Brass Festival Italian Brass Week

Andrea Tofanelli
Ruben Simeo
Andrea Dell'Ira
Period
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.

- 2 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
20
Cost
200 membership fee (tutti) 300 tuition fee
Horn Campus
Trumpet Campus
Trombone Campus
Tuba Campus
Euphonium Campus
International Award

Andrea Tofanelli

International Soloist

Andrea was born in Viareggio (Lucca, Italy) on July 26, 1965 and began to study music and trumpet in 1975 in the wind ensemble of his village Torre del Lago Puccini with some musicians close to Dean Benedetti, the famous italo-american jazz saxophonist mentioned in all official Charlie Parker biographies. In 1979, at the age of 14, Andrea started working locally with some professional big bands and commercial music groups, and in 1981 he began performing professionally in the classical music field too, while simultaneously attending the Conservatory at the "Istituto Musicale Pareggiato L. Boccherini" in Lucca (Italy). In 1987 Andrea finished his Conservatory studies withhighest full marks, graduating cum laude.  That same year he studied with Armando Ghitalla (soloist trumpet with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and teacher at the University of Michigan) and consolidated his jazz studies with O. Valdambrini and S. Fanni, trumpet soloists of the RAI Television Orchestras in Rome and Milan.

 

In the jazz music field, Andrea has performed with great jazz musicians like Maynard Ferguson and his Big Bop Nouveau Band (in Italy, London and United States 2000/03/05/06), Randy Brecker and Claudio Roditi (Luxemburg Trumpet Summit 2007, ITG 2012), Peter Erskine (1996 Italian Tour), Gino Vannelli (Italian Tours 2012 and 2016), Kenny Wheeler, Tom Harrell, Paul Jeffrey, Dave Liebman, Steve Swallow, Eric Marienthal, Brad Leali, Butch Miles, Carmen Bradford, Dusko Gojkovich, Frank Foster, Till Brönner, New York Voices, Valery Ponomarev, Carl Anderson, Lee Konitz, John Taylor, Palle Daniellson, Denis DiBlasio, Lew Soloffas well as the greatest italian jazzmen like Enrico Rava, Bruno Tommaso, Massimo Nunzi, Paolo Fresu, Gianni Basso, Stefano Bollani, Giorgio Gaslini, Gianluigi Trovesi, Henghel Gualdi and many others.

 

He performed as soloist and/or lead trumpet also with the Atlanta Seventeen Big Band, Joe Gransden Big Band, Rowan University Big Band, New England Jazz Ensemble, San Diego State University Jazz Band, RCC Wind Ensemble Honor Band, Upland HS Jazz Band, Deer Valley HS Jazz Band (USA), Sandvika Storband (Norway), Yuzo Kataoka All-Star Big Band (Japan), Ralph Pyl’s All-Star Big Band (Australia), Luxembourg Jazz Orchestra, Opus78 Big Band, Harmonie Bascharage (Luxemburg), Dani Felber Big Band, SMZ Big Band, ZHdK Big Band (Switzerland) e Jazzorchester Karlsruhe (Germany).

On September 20th, 2006, he has been invited to perform as soloist at the “Maynard Ferguson Tribute” at the Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis (Usa), now released also in dvd (2007). 

Moreover, in 2014 Andrea accepted to join the prestigious “Board of Directors” of theInternational Trumpet Guildand has been elected until 2019 by official votation of the ITG international members. He performed as soloist at the ITG Conferences in 2008 (Banff Center, Canada), 2010 (Sydney, Australia) and 2012 (Columbus University, Georgia, USA) and 2015 (Columbus, Ohio, USA).

 

In 2008 he received the Visa O-1 for Extraordinary Ability in the Arts from the United States of America Government.

 

In 1999 Andrea recorded his first solo CD entitled "Mattia's Walk & Tribute to Maynard Ferguson" released by the Italian label Splasc(H) Records.  His second solo CD,"Ricordo di...Napoli" a tribute to Neapolitan Italian music, was released by the Italian label, Fonotecnica, in 2001. During his USA 2005 Tour he recorded with the Artisan Brass the “Romantic Celebration” suite for jazz trumpet and brass quintet, dedicated to him by the Grammy-Nominated composer Brent Pierce. In 2008, the italian classical composer Antonio Giacometti dedicated to him the soloist part of “Antarctica”, symphonic poem for soloist trumpet and wind ensemble. In 2010 new recordings have been released: his new CD “Flamingo” (ACM Records, USA) recorded at the LMP Studios in Claremont (CA, USA) and the “Earth Games 2012” suite (Summit Records, USA), dedicated to him by the italian composer Nicola Ferro.

The “More Than Just Friends” cd recorded with the Dani Felber Big Band (Switzerland) won the prestigious “Swiss Jazz Award” in 2009, while the “Portrait of Dani” album, released by Dani Felber in 2015 and including Andrea’s solo performance of the “This is For My Friend Andrea Tofanelli” composition, won a Platinum Record in Switzerland.

As session man, Andrea has recorded more of 500 albums from Pop to Jazz and soundtracks, many of them winners of Golden and Platinum Records in Italy and above. 

 

About videos and movies, Andrea appeares as a trumpet player in the Italian movie “Le ragazze di San Frediano”, and plays in the pop music videos “Lorenzo, Raccolto 1997” (Polygram), “Pavarotti & Friends 2000, For Cambodia and Tibet” (Decca), “Ti Adoro” with Pavarotti (2003) and also in the “Maynard Ferguson Tribute Concert” jazz dvd (2007). On 2008 has be released in Italy the “Jazz Istruzioni per L’Uso” dvd, where he performs as soloist. On 2009 he appeared playing soloist and lead trumpet in all the 12 dvds of the “La Grande Storia del Jazz” collection released by the Espresso-Repubblica magazine.

He recorded a lot of soundtracks for Italian movies, and also composed and performed the original soundtrack for the Italian movie “Il Segreto degli Alberi” (2012) together with pianist R. Arrighini.

 

He also has been performing in Italy in many RAI, MEDIASET, LA7, TMC and SKY networks TV shows (more than 100 to date) and recorded several TV commercials for some of the most elite recording studios in Italy.

 

Starting from 2006 he collaborates with the Paul Anka orchestra, both in Europe (European Tours 2007 and 2008) and in the USA, and performed with Gino Vannelli in his Italian Tours 2012 and 2016.

In Italy, Andrea has accompanied many famous artists from all over the world including big names such as George Michael ("Pavarotti & Friends for Cambodia and Tibet 2000," released on video and CD by Decca), Burt Bacharach, Joe Cocker, Tom Jones, Michael Bublè, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Gloria Gaynor (Italian Tours from 2003 to 2010), Carl Anderson, Randy Crawford, Amy Stewart, Donna Summer, Matt Bianco, Kid Creole & The Coconuts, The Gibson Brothers, Samantha Fox, Imagination, Patrick Hernandez, Tony Hadley, Paul Young and Petula Clark. He has also performed and/or recorded as lead trumpet and soloist with a rainbow of very famous Italian artists such as Luciano Pavarotti, Jovanotti, Fiorello, Adriano Celentano, Claudio Baglioni, Gianni Morandi, Renato Zero, Elio e le Storie Tese, Demo Morselli Big Band, Antonella Ruggiero, Toto Cutugno, YuYu, Irene Grandi, Fausto Leali, Articolo 31, Gino Paoli, Tullio De Piscopo, Ivana Spagna, Andrea Mingardi, Francesco Baccini, Dirotta su Cuba, Rossana Casale, Jenny B.and with some of the most important italian jazz big bands as the Demo Morselli Big Band (Rome), Torino Jazz Orchestra (Turin), Barga Jazz Big Band (Lucca), Massimo Nunzi Orchestra Operaia and JIPU Big Band (Rome), PMJO Parco della Musica Jazz Orchestra (Rome), PM Jazz Lab (Rome), Paolo Tomelleri Big Band (Milan), Antonella Ruggiero Big Band (Pesaro), Friuli-Venezia-Giulia Big Band (Udine), Vincenzo Genovese Big Band, Guacamaya Big Band (Florence), Sardinia Jazz Orchestra (Sassari), Paolo Tomelleri Big Band (MI), All Times Big Band (Perugia), New Sugar Kitty’s Big Band (Piacenza), Di Gregorio Big Band (Pesaro), Bansigu Big Band (Genoa), Gerardo Di Lella Big Band (Rome), Biba Band (Milan), “Italian Youth Jazz Orchestra” (Siena).

 

About classical music, in 1988 Andrea won the national auditions for the European and Italian tour of the "Orchestra Giovanile Italiana" (Italian Youth Orchestra) as well as the "Teatro Comunale del Giglio" of Lucca, and he was selected as a finalist in Rome for the ECYO (European Community Youth Orchestra). In 1989 he fulfilled his military compulsory service playing in the Italian Air Force Band in Rome. He still collaborates with some prestigious Italian symphonic orchestras as the “Orchestra Regionale Toscana”, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, the “Orchestra Sinfonica dell’Emilia-Romagna A. Toscanini”, the “Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro Regio di Torino”, the “EUR Spettacoli” and the “Orchestra da Camera Lucchese.”

  

From jazz to classical to pop music, Andrea has performed in the United States, Japan, Canada, Australia, China, Norway, England, Germany, Luxemburg, Norway, Poland, Malta, Finland, France, Russia, Liechtenstein, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, Scotland, Poland, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Serbia, Egypt and Principato of Monaco.

He partecipated to many important international festivals as the “North Sea Jazz Festival” in Rotterdam, “Japan Band Clinic” in Hamamatsu, “Pori Jazz Festival”, “Autostadt Jazz & Blues Festival” in Wolfsburg, “Oulu Jazz Festival”, “Escenica Festival” in Madrid, “Printemps Musical Festival, Luxembourg”, “Rowan Jazz Festival” in Philadelphia USA, “Musek Am Syrdall, Saison Musicale, Mensdorf”, "San Francisco Making Waves Festival”, “Luxemburg Blues’n Jazz Rallye Festival”, “Festival Internacional Jazz San Javier”, “Winterthur Out in the Green Festival”, “San Sebastian Jazz Festival”, “Lichtenstein Little Big One Festival”, “The Tower Music Festival” e “Four Seasons Festival” in London, “Malta Festival”, “Wien Festival” and “Edimburgh Festival”, "Ascona Jazz Festival" Svizzera, "Western States Jazz Festival" USA, Scottish Festival of Trumpets, ”Umbria Jazz Festival”, “Herr Nilsen” Jazz Club in Oslo, Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival”, “Vicenza Jazz Festival” and many others, performing many prestigious theatres and concert halls like the “Wien Opera House”, “Concertgebow” in Amsterdam, “Radio France” and "Palais De Congrés” in Paris, “Usher Hall” in Edimburgh, Blues Alley in Washington-USA, “Touhill Performing Arts Center” in St. Louis-USA, "Heineken Music Hall" in Amsterdam, "Queen Elizabeth Hall" in Antwerp, “B1 Club” in Moscow, "Hartwell Arena" in Helsinki, “Philipshalle” in Dusseldorf, “Tempodrom” in Berlin, “Mohegan Sun Arena” USA, "Hala Sportova" in Belgrado, “Hannover Expo”, “Banff Center” in Alberta-Canada, "Kongresshaus" in Zurich, Ludwigshafen Theatre, “Estoril Casinò” in Lisbon, “Sporting Club” in Principato of Monaco, “Auditorium”, “Casa del Jazz” and “Auditorium del Foro Italico” in Rome and many others.

  

As a teacher, since 2004 Andrea teaches classical and jazz trumpet at the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali "O.Vecchi - A.Tonelli" in Modena, Italy.  He was an assistant at Maynard Ferguson's seminar during the Vicenza Jazz Festival 2003 and also collaborates with Italian Brass Week (where he gave master classes with the first chairs of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra brass section, Allen Vizzutti and the Canadian Brass international artist Jens Lindemann). As international jazz and trumpet educator, Andrea has given master classes and clinics all over the  world, like in the USA at the California State University Northridge in Los Angeles, San Diego State University (California), Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma Christian University (Oklahoma), Rowan University (Pennsylvania), Riverside City College, Fullerton College (California), International Trumpet Seminar at the Grand Valley State University (Michigan), First Baptist Church of Decatur in Atlanta (Georgia), Canton High School, Region 7 School District in Winsted, Southington High School, Manchester High School and Hall High School in West Harford (Connecticut), in Japan at the Japan Band Clinic, and about Europe in Norway (Norges Musikkhøgskole-Norvegian Academy of Music), Luxemburg (Musique Militaire Grand-Ducale Philarmonie), Germany (Amburgo, Schramberg e Offenburg), Spain (Teror Festival de Trompeta Isole Canarie, CIMVO Curs Internacional de Musica Vila de L’Olleria), Poland (Music Academy in Lodz and PoznaƄ) and Switzerland (Zurich, Mennedorf, Ermatingen). He also gave hundreds of master classes all over Italy, teaching for many years at the “Italian Brass Week” together with the most important names of the international brass world, at the “Baceno Brass Festival” and “Corsi Internazionali di Bosa Antica”. He also appears in Clint "Pops" McLaughlin book "Embouchure - The Pros Talk" and for an instructional video on trumpet playing.

 

From 2000 to 2010 he has been the Artistic Director of the "Dean Benedetti Jazz Festival" in Torre del Lago Puccini.

 

Andrea Tofanelli is a YAMAHA artist and clinician.

 

www.andreatofanelli.com

Ruben Simeo

International soloist

Rubén SIMEO Gijon, born in Spain in 1992, began studying music at the Conservatory of Vigo with his father. Just eight years, she won First Prize at the International Music Competition of the City of Vigo, which won an award for three consecutive years. Ten years in Madrid gets the Second Prize at the International Yamaha, winning the competition the following year. By the age of eight years he played as a soloist in Musical Agrupacion O Rosal, the Harmonie Municipale Moncao (Portugal) and the brass nell'ensemble EPMViana do Castelo, and performs in duo with piano throughout Europe. At eleven years he participated in programs known as El Conciertazo Spanish television, he played with the Symphonic Band of the Autonomous Community of Madrid at the Teatro Monumental in Madrid, and performs with the ensemble Brass Spanish Brass. Following courses with Maurice André, Pierre Dutot, Enrique Rioja, Jose Orti, Eric Aubier, Luis Gonzalez, Stephen Burns. On December 25, 2004 she performed as soloist with the Symphonic Orchestra of RTVE for the Christmas concert for Spanish television. He also played with the symphony orchestras of Viana do Castello, Leon, Palma de Mallorca, Cannes, Valencia and Alicante, doing tours in countries such as Belgium, Germany, Portugal and France.
Makes his first recording label at the age of twelve years. In September 2005, obtained the Second Prize at the International Philip Jones Guebwiller in France and in January of 2006 the Second Prize at the Selmer Trumpet Competition in Paris. From 2005 to 2006 he followed the course of a trumpet by Guy Touvron at the Conservatoire National de Région in Paris. In November last year he participates and wins the Second Prize at the prestigious Maurice André International Competition of the City of Paris, receiving among other compliments by Master Andre in person. In 2006 he won the Second Prize at the International Competition in Porcia and earlier this year won the International Competition of Benidorm.
Currently Ruben was the last student of Maestro Maurice André.

Andrea Dell'Ira

Principal trumpet, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Andrea studied the trumpet with Arrigo Melosi, Pierre Thibaud and Max Sommerhalder.

He has performed as first trumpet and soloist with some of the most important Italian and European orchestras, under the direction of conductors such as Ozawa, Sawallish, Pretre, Chung and Muti.

He is a member of the ''Quintetto di Ottoni e Percussioni della Toscana''  with whom he has performed numerous concerts in Italy and abroad, and recorded two discs.

Andrea is a professor of trumpet at the Istituto di Alta Formazione Musicale 'Rinaldo Francil' in Siena.

In 2000 he was appointed by Maestro Luciano Berio as Principal Trumpet of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome.

Since 1993, the year in which he won the International Competition "Citta 'di Porcia'', he holds the position of Principal Trumpet and Soloist of the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under the baton of Zubin Mehta.

He has worked as guest Principal Trumpet with european orchestras including: NDR Hamburg, WDR Cologne, and with the Bavarian Radio in Monaco.

In his spare time, Andrea is dedicated to the study of the cornet, and (with some success), to fly-fishing.