Trombone Studio Openings, September 2014

A lot of my excellent class in Bern will be graduating this year in Bern, meaning that there will be more places than usual on offer for September 2014, so if you are interested in joining what is already a fantastic class with some of the best young players in Europe, studying in beautiful surroundings and getting to see me for 2-3 days of every week, feel free to apply. For more information about the school and the programs it offers, please click here, and if you have any questions regarding your application or help required with the application, feel free to contact me.

Recital in Bern

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Having lived in Bern for over a year, it’s about time I did a recital here to get to know people better! This will take place in the Konservatorium Hall, a very nice, old hall right in the centre of Bern on the evening of 14 November at 20:00. You can find full details including the program here. As you will be able to see, I’ve got a lot ahead of me! I’m looking forward to it tremendously and would love to see as many of you there as possible. Entry is free.

Wagner on South Beach

On 14 September I am incredibly excited to say that I will be leading the New World Symphony brass plus very special guests Bill Williams, Sam Pilafian and Rick Todd in Tim Higgins’ new version of highlights from Wagner’s Ring Cycle for brass, percussion and organ. I’ve been feverishly studying the score over the summer, and it looks fantastic. Anybody in, around or within striking distance of the New World Center should not miss this! For more information, please click here to get to the New World Symphony website. And for those who can’t make it, there will be another chance to hear it in Glasgow in early March.

The Getzen 4147IB Is Launched!

Getzen 4147IB

Getzen 4147IB

As many of you may have heard, Getzen are launching a trombone on 1 June built to my requirements by Christan Griego. It is a great honour for me to be involved in this project, and I’m immensely proud that this instrument bears my name. Getzen is a fantastic, family-run business, and I’ve enjoyed working on the development of this instrument for the last year tremendously.

When we discussed the idea the brief was to make a “classic” trombone. That doesn’t mean to say copying something that has come before; rather it means creating something that will still be being made and played in 50 years. It was a tall order, and the list of requirements that I placed before Christan was enormous. He himself I think would admit that it was a bit of a learning curve, because he’d never produced a narrow slide trombone before. He had also never really played a narrow slide, so for both of us it was a huge learning process. But those of you would know Christan know he is an utter perfectionist and will not stop until he has arrived at exactly what he wants.

The instrument has turned out to be an absolute success. I have had it since November and have been playing it on solo concerts and also for the last few weeks in the Vienna Philharmonic; to be frank, I wish I had had it many years ago. Its sound quality from ultimate pianissimo right up to absolute fortissimo is beautiful, and for me its greatest attribute is the seamless way it glides from the upper middle register to the high register. This is the first time that an instrument for the market has been built solely for my requirements, and one of my strongest requirements was that the instrument that I played would be identical to the one that appears on the market, and we’ve achieved this.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Christan Griego and Brett Getzen for everything they’ve done to provide me with this wonderful instrument.

Please click here to go to the Getzen page regarding the instrument. I hope that when you try this trombone you are as excited about it as I am. I think it’s a winner!

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