XXIV International Brass Festival Italian Brass Week

Andrea Giuffredi
Andrea Dell'Ira
Rex Richardson
Omar Tomasoni
23-28July 2023
Type of lesson

Italian Brass Week 2023


Florence July 23-28 


Brass musicians, coming from all over the world, meet again in Florence, 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 and Arezzo.


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 and some concert activities of the AREZZO BRASS CITY.


"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 and Arezzo.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 and Arezzo.
 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 membership fee plus 300 tuition fee for active students, or 200 membership plus 100 euro for non listener students
Horn Campus
Trumpet Campus
Trombone Campus
Tuba Campus
Euphonium Campus


Trumpet Campus Sold Out

Dear #Trumpetworld we are #soldout❌❌❌❌ also for this year!
We are very sorry for the many that are still asking to apply but unluckily we can't accept any more for this edition!!

For more information send an email to segreteria@italianbrass.com

Andrea Giuffredi

International Soloist- Dates of masterclasses 27-28 July 2023

Andrea Giuffredi is heralded worldwide as a once-in-a-lifetime virtuoso trumpet artist – truly
one of the finest and most versatile performers on stage today.
Stylistically comfortable in all genres ranging from classical to contemporary, Giuffredi’s heart-warming Bel Canto playing and excitingly masterful onstage presence have resulted in standing ovations, five-star reviews, and memorable performances across nations and cultures. Born in Parma, Italy.
He began trumpet studies at 9, entered the Piacenza conservatory at 14,
and by age 17 was performing professionally on RAI Radio with the
trumpet section of the esteemed RAI Milan Symphony. His freelance career
ensued, as he began performing with the most recognized Italian
symphony orchestras, including the Arturo Toscanini Symphony of Parma,
RAI of Milan and Turin, I Pomeriggi Musicali of Milan, and occasionally with
“Teatro Communale” of Florence and “Teatro alla Scala,” Milan. This
represented over 25 years’ experience as a first symphonic trumpet.
Maestro Giuffredi has performed around the globe alongside of the world’s
foremost conductors, including Riccardo Muti, George Prêtre, Zubin Mehta,
Seiji Ozawa, and many others. He has been a featured performer four
times at the prestigious International Trumpet Guild World Conference
which spotlights the foremost players from all over the world – Doc
Severinsen, Sergei Nakariakov, and Arturo Sandoval.
Dedicated wholeheartedly to the trumpet and music education, Andrea
Giuffredi has presented performance concerts along with Master Classes
and instructional clinics in North and South America, all over Europe and
the Middle East, and throughout Asia, including mainland China.
Commercially, he has played for many years on the Mediaset networks in
numerous successful broadcasts of Canale 5 and Radio Television Italian channel.
In 2008, he appeared as a trumpet soloist in the Italian national TV with the famous Liza Minnelli
In the Pop and Contemporary areas, he recorded solos for successful albums and participated in live tours for the most acclaimed Italian pop singers
His discography includes three critically-acclaimed albums for Summit
Records USA. His most recent recording “Cuore e Passione” was released
in 2018 to outstanding critical reviews.
Since 1993, Maestro Giuffredi has been professor of trumpet at the Civica
Schook of Music in Milano “Claudio Abbado”

Andrea Dell'Ira

July 23rd - 28st

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 Franci 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 Città 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.

Rex Richardson

International Soloist

Hailed as “one of the world’s most engaging and astonishingly versatile trumpeters,” (Style Weekly) Yamaha Performing Artist Rex Richardson is one of the busiest crossover trumpeters on the international scene.  Due to his strong commitment to performance and education, coupled with his passion for the arts, Rex Richardson has been named “Personality of The Year” by the Brass Herald.


A veteran of the acclaimed chamber ensemble Rhythm & Brass, jazz legend Joe Henderson’s Quintet and Sextet, William Russo’s Chicago Jazz Ensemble, and the Brass Band of Battle Creek, known as the world’s “Rolls Royce of Brass Bands” (Brass Band World), he stays busy as a headline artist at international brass and jazz festivals and as a soloist with orchestras, concert bands, brass bands and jazz ensembles. Since the early 90s he has worked with countless celebrity artists in multiple genres, developing a unique reputation in the trumpet world for his combination of singular virtuosity, a highly personal style, and an emphasis on improvisation in classical as well as jazz idioms.


A tireless champion of new music, Richardson presented the premiere performances of concertos by Dana Wilson, Doug Richards and Peter Meechan on four continents between 2006 and 2010. 2010-2011 will see the Australian, Brazilian, Swedish and American premieres of Stephenson’s Trumpet Concerto no. 2, “Rextreme.”


Richardson is Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Trumpet at Virginia Commonwealth University and served as Artist in Residence at London’s Trinity College of Music from 2006-2009.  His five solo recordings, including the most recent “Magnum Opus: 21st Century Trumpet Concertos” are released on Summit Records.




Photo credits: 

Autore: John Reichanadter  
Copyright: John Reichanadter Copyright 2015
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Omar Tomasoni

Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Dates of appearance 24-25-26 July 2023

Omar Tomasoni is principal trumpet player with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra since August 2013. Tomasoni graduated with honours from the conservatory of Brescia, where he quickly established a career as principal trumpeter with the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, the Janáček Festival Orchestra and – from 2004 to 2008 – the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under the direction of Zubin Mehta. Tomasoni has worked as a substitute with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Mozart Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. In 2008, he was appointed principal trumpeter with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, led by Sir Antonio Pappano.

He was awarded the Bronze Medal of the Italian Republic in 2003 for his achievements as an active member of the European Union Youth Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Tomasoni is a member and co-founder of the eclectic wind quintet Italian Wonderbrass.