28 December 2008

Gomalan brass quintet (Italy)

Gomalan Brass Quintet - Soul Bossa Nova live in Rome
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Play well while working towards the best possible results: this is the aspiration that brought together, almost by chance, five musicians from different towns in Italy, who in the past have played, and currently still play, as principal musicians in some of the most prestigious orchestras in Europe - to name but some, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Radio Orchestra, the Frankfurt Opera, La Scala in Milan, the Santa Cecilia Academy, the Maggio Musicale Forentino, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Teatro Regio in Turin, the Italian Swiss Radio Orchestra in Lugano, and the National Symphony Orchestra of the RAI national radio and TV -, working with some of the world’s greatest living conductors, such as Metha, Muti, Maazel, Pretre, Sinopoli, Giulini, Chung…
The Gomalan Brass Quintet, as we know it today, was formed in 1999; motivated by a desire to express their maximum artistic potential, the group performs a repertoire that goes from Renaissance to contemporary music, yet by no means snubs genres at times considered less refined.
Just two years after starting out, in November 2001, the group won one of the world’s most prestigious awards: the first prize at the "Town of Passau" International Contest in Germany, receiving enthusiastic praise from renowned international brass celebrities such as Roger Bobo, David Ohanian, Steaven Mead, Dale Clevenger and Froydis Ree Wekre, all of whom consider the Gomalan Brass one of the most captivating and exciting groups on the international circuit.
A regular presence at the most important concert halls and main Italian musical festivals, (Festival di Stresa, The Sounds of the Dolomites, Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, the theatres of Bolzano, Parma, Bologna, Turin, Milan, ...), the Gomalan Brass has also performed in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Germany, Greece and Switzerland, and has given Master Classes at the Tanglewood Institute of Music, at Toronto University of Music, at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and at the University of Music in Glasgow.
Numerous radios have broadcast concerts and pieces by the Gomalan Brass Quintet, to name but a few: Bayerisches Rundfunk, Radio Vaticana, Radio Canada and Radio Rai Tre (for whom the group has performed several world premières).
The Quintet has made two CDs, (with a third currently under production), produced by Summit Records, today one of the world’s most prestigious labels for brasses

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