XXII International Brass Festival Italian Brass Week

Alessandro Fossi
Roland Szentpali
Øystein Baadsvik
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
200 membership fee (tutti) 300 tuition fee
Horn Campus
Trumpet Campus
Trombone Campus
Tuba Campus
Euphonium Campus
International Award

Alessandro Fossi


Alessandro Fossi is an active Italian tuba soloist and passionate brass pedagogue renowned worldwide, regularly invited as guest teacher and performer in important  festivals and universities like Curtis Institute of Philadelphia, Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, Royal Northern College in Manchester, Stanford University,  Northwestern University, Indiana University, Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Genève, Manhattan School of Music, to name a few.


He is a Buffet Group Ambassador and currently tuba teacher at Conservatorio “C. Monteverdi” in Bolzano.


He previously covered the same teaching position at Trossingen MusikHochschule in Germany, Conservatorio “F. Cilea” in Reggio Calabria, Conservatorio “A. Casella” in L’Aquila and Conservatorio “B. Maderna” in Cesena.


He has performed with many of the most important Orchestras in Italy and Europe like Teatro alla Scala Orchestra , Russian National Orchestra, Marjinski Theatre Orchestra of  Saint Petersburg, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Mozart, among others, covering the principal Tuba position with Teatro San Carlo Orchestra in Napoli and Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Roma; since 2010 he is principal guest tuba with Teatro Comunale di Bologna Orchestra.


As a soloist, he was a prizewinner in the Markneukirchen International Competition in 2000 (World Federation of International Music Competition, Geneve) and the Lieksa International Tuba Competition in 2001.

Member of  the International  Tuba  Euphonium Association (I.T.E.A.), he serves as editorial advisor for the I.T.E.A. Journal for which he writes articles and interviews; he took part to all the International Tuba Euphonium Conferences since 2004 in Budapest with solo performances and master classes.


Required as jury member for orchestra tuba auditions and international solo competitions like Concorso Internazionale Città di Porcia and I.T.E.C. Tuba Competitions.


He can be heard in several recordings with Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Gomalan Brass Quintet, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Orchestra Mozart. 


In 2009 he produced his first solo recording entitled “Bel Canto”, that collects highlights from italian operas and classical masterworks.


On June 2012 he was awarded the “Premio Vallesina” for the music section, under the high patronage of the President of the Italian Republic.




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Roland Szentpali


Roland Szentpáli, born 1977 in Nyíregyháza (Hungary).Roland began playing the euphonium at the age of twelve, moving on to the tuba in the following year under the guidance of Sandor Lukács. He was a student at the Béla Bartok Academy in Budapest from 1991-1995, studying with Joseph Baszinka and Gábor Adamik.Roland continued his studies with Lászlò Szabò at the F. Liszt Academy. On the international scene, Roland has attended courses held by Roger Bobo, Mel Culbertson, Manfred Hoppert, and Sam Pilafian and has been the recipient of numerous scholarships for study abroad.Among his numerous successes in solo competitions, the most notable are his first prizes at the Lahti International Brass Competition in Finland (2001), the International Performer's Competition in Brno, Czech Republic (2000), and the International Tuba Competition in Cheju, Korea (2000). He was also awarded second prize at the prestigious Markneukirchen International Tuba Competition in 2000, and has also been a prize winner at other competitions, including TubaMania (Australia, 1999), Geubwiller International Tuba Competition (France, 1998).Roland is also very active as a composer, having written many works for tuba, chamber ensemble and orchestra in a broad variety of styles. In February of 1994, he performed his own Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra in Budapest for live television broadcast. His music has been played and recorded by the Hungarian Radio Orchestra and the Orchestra Hungarian Music Academy Bela Bartok. His last solo CD "I Killed my Lips" includes four of his own compositions.Apart from his busy solo and composition schedule, Roland does freelance tuba work and plays in the National Radio and Television Youth Orchestra of Hungary.Always being in great demand he also gave several masterclasses in the United States, Japan and many European countries.

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Øystein Baadsvik


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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