XXIII International Brass Festival Italian Brass Week

Øystein Baadsvik
Mario Barsotti
Gianluca Grosso
24-31 July 2022
Type of lesson

Italian Brass Week 2022

Florence, July 24-30

Arezzo, July 31 Arezzo Brass Day


For this edition, the following activities will be guaranteed to all festival subscribers included in the membership-membership fee that must be paid at the time of your Application:

  • Liability 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 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. 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 take lessons;
  • 2 30-minute lessons with each teacher that can be scheduled through an app that will be forwarded to you once registration has been regularized;
  • July 24 registration, orientation, Wings to Talent award, possible tests for all students;
  • From 25 to 30 August every day from 8.15 am the Breathing Gym which will take place outdoors;
  • From 25 to 30 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;
  • The diplomas will be delivered on 31 July, participation is the one relating to the winners of the Wings to Talent 2022 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. The procedure will be repeated every 48 hours in accordance with the law;
  • Daily measurement of body temperature at the entrance;
  • Maintaining interpersonal distance and mandatory use of a 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 tuition fee
Horn Campus
Trumpet Campus
Trombone Campus
Tuba Campus
Euphonium Campus
International Award

Øystein Baadsvik

July 24 - 31st


Øystein Baadsvik is the only tuba virtuoso to have carved out a career exclusively as a soloist, rather than becoming a member of an orchestra or accepting a teaching post. His multi-faceted musical career as a soloist, chamber musician, lecturer and recording artist has taken him all over the world. The unique virtuosity and musicality Mr. Baadsvik's brings to the tuba has established him as the exemplar of the instrument.

He studied under the celebrated tuba player Harvey Phillips, Distinguished Professor meritus, Department of Music, Indiana University and with the legendary Arnold Jacobs, who had a forty-year career and position of Principal Tuba with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Øystein Baadsvik's international career began in 1991 when he was awarded two prizes at the prestigious Concours International d'Exécution Musicale in Geneva.

His international engagements include performances with orchestras such as the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Taipei National Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Philharmonic, and the Orchestra Victoria of Melbourne. Baadsvik has performed in some of the most famous venues in the world and 2006 made his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall.

He works constantly to expand the musical aspects of the tuba and has premiered some forty solo works by composers from the USA, Russia, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland. In this ongoing process he has developed new tuba-playing techniques that have been used in a number of more recent works for the instrument.

Baadsvik is an active recording artist whose CDs receive unstinting praise.During the last two years he reached a major breakthrough in Japan, where his CDs ranked second in sales recordings for all wind instruments. In their review of "Tuba Works", American Record Guide said, "This spectacular recording establishes Baadsvik as one of the best solo tubists in the world." In praise of "Tuba Carnival", The Daily Telegraph, U.K said, "...his capacity for lyricism in a recording that emancipates the tuba from its Cinderella role with ear-catching panache.

Baadsvik shows that anything a violin can do, a tuba can do too.

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Mario Barsotti

July 24 - 27th

Tuba of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

He began the study of the bass-tuba at the Istituto Musicale of Aosta and later graduated from the Conservatory A. Boito in Parma. Later he participated in the postgraduate studies of the Fiesole School of Music under the guidance of masters R. Bobo and V. Globokar and he played the role of bass-tuba at the Italian Youth Orchestra.

He won the scholarship to attend the School of High Musical Improvement of Saluzzo with the teachers D. Glidden and R. Tucci. He was admitted in the class of Virtuosité at the Conservatory of Lausanne (Switzerland) under the guidance of Maestro R. Bobo where he obtained "The Premier Prix de Virtuosité avec félicitations" later perfected also with the masters R. Martin and G. Pokorny . Winner of various auditions, he has collaborated in the major Italian lyric-symphonic institutions under the direction of the masters C. Abbado, Z. Mehta, R. Muti, C.M. Giulini, S. Ozawa, G. Sinopoli, L. Maazel, G. Prètre, S. Bychkov.

He won contests for the short-tuba position at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence (principal conductor Z. Mehta), a role he still holds. The concert experience gained over the years through tours in Italy, Europe, America and Asia, combines the teaching activity holding several master classes.

Gianluca Grosso

July 27 - 30th


Having attended numerous master classes with teachers he earned his diploma, attaining top marks and praise from the Valle d'Aosta State recognized Musical Institute. Currently he teaches in the Conservatory Luisa D'Annunzio of Pescara, Licino Refice of Frosinone and G.B.Martini of Bologna.

He attended R. Bobo's high specialization class at “Haute Ecole de Musique” in Lausanne earning his degree in May of 2005.

Starting in 2001 he has worked with many opera and symphonic orchestras.

He was first tuba with the Orchestra Sinfonica G. Verdi of Milano from September 2005 to October 2007.

On October 20th, 2007 he won the audition for the stable position of first tuba with the Fondazione Teatro Comunale di Bologna.

He held that position until September 27th, 2010 when he left to take up his current role of first tuba with the Fondazione Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, in Rome, having won the audition for the permanent post on May 11th, 2010.

Gianluca Grosso is an Artist and plays on Miraphone instruments Germany.