May 9, 2014

??????????????????????Described in Newsweek as “the high priests of brass” and known for their unparalleled technique, compelling repertoire and rich-toned, perfectly matched sound, the American Brass Quintet will be touring Australia for the first time in four decades from 15-31 May.

Founded in 1960, the Quintet will be bringing their new line-up to Australia. Alongside long serving members Kevin Cobb (trumpet), Michael Powell (trombone) and John D Rojak (bass trombone) will be Louis Hanzlik (trumpet) and Eric Reed (horn).

Playing in Sydney at the City Recital Hall Angel Place on Monday 19 May at 7pm and Saturday 31 May at 2pm, American Brass Quintet will feature two programmes rich in music written for brass, highlighting the group’s continued commitment to play only music written specifically for brass instruments, or for unspecified instruments in the case of some historic repertoire. Both programmes will feature a broad range of repertoire, from Renaissance to contemporary. “We’ll always play contemporary music and we’ll generally play Renaissance music. And in the history of brass quintets, there’s not a whole lot in-between. However, one program does feature an example of the rare “in-between” works, with Ludwig Maurer’s 1880s “Five Pieces” said John Rojak.

Internationally recognised as one of the premier chamber music ensembles of our time, the American Brass Quintet is celebrated for peerless leadership in the brass world. As members of the faculty of the Juilliard School plus a residency at the Aspen Music Festival, they have helped to shape the American brass tradition and in 2013 the Quintet was the recipient of Chamber Music America’s highest honour, the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award for significant and lasting contributions to the field.

As part of the Musica Viva tour, American Brass Quintet will share their knowledge and experience with students from secondary and tertiary teaching institutions and other organisations through the Musica Viva Masterclasses program. Members of the public and other students are able to attend these masterclasses to observe the Quintet’s teaching.

Sandra Tiltman