16 January 2007

Hevelius Brass (Poland)

Technical mastery, unique sound and amazingly rich repertoire make the concerts of Hevelius Brass very interesting and enjoyable for all the audiences. The young musicians are more than able to combine the challenging Renaissance and Baroque pieces with original transcriptions of jazz standards and popular music. Along with the energy presented by this Polish group, this creates a great mixture that is always appreciated by any listener.

Hevelius Brass gave a wide array of concerts ranging from small chamber performances, to great outdoor happenings. Some of them are: The Castle of Kalmar, Sweden; a concert during “The Pomeranian Days” in Bremen, Germany; “Music and Architecture Festival” in Toruń, Poland; The 1st International Hanseatic Convention in Goleniów, Poland; Gala of the 30th Polish Film Academy Awards Gdynia 2005, transmitted live by the Polish Television Channel II.

The members of Hevelius Brass are laureates of The 6th National Wind Ensembles Competition organized by prof. Roman Siwek ,The F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and The Ministry of Culture. They have also been awarded the 1st prize in The Young Musicians Forum, a competition organized by The Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Gdańsk, The Baltic Cultural Center, St. Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk and “Musica Mundi” foundation with its creator, Barbara Bielecka.

Hevelius Brass had the privilege to perform with Illinois Brass – a terrific American ensemble which is probably the oldest group of this type dating back to the XIX century. Its members are great musicians and professors from The United States. One of them is Ronald Romm, a long-time member of the famous Canadian Brass.

The group is based upon the idea of constant improvement in the ability to play and perform. That is why they took part in the master courses of Blekinge International Brass Academy in Karlskrona, Sweden.

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