world trombone quartet

Alessi! Fan Lyen! ! Becke! ! ! Schultz! ! ! !

A dream quartet with the strongest trombone members in the galaxy. The long-awaited first visit to Japan!

〜The World Trombone Quartet is a trombone quartet of the highest quality that brings together the best trombone players from all over the world〜

Knowing each other for many years, playing together and listening to each other at different concerts and occasions, we developed a desire to spend more time together and make music together. With completely different backgrounds and cultures of America, Holland, France, and Germany, I couldn't stop wondering what would happen if we all came together to form a quartet. The quartet's first concert was in 2009 at the Slide Factory Festival in Rotterdam. We hadn't decided on a name for the group at the time, but the theme of the festival was 'Meet the World', so the organizers named us 'World Trombone Quartet'. is the beginning of this group!


Joseph Alessi (Principal, New York Philharmonic Orchestra; Professor, Juilliard School)

Jorgen van Leyen (Principal, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Professor, Amsterdam Conservatory)

Michel Becke (Professor of Lyon Conservatoire)

Stefan Schultz (Berlin Philharmonic Bass Trombonist, Professor at Berlin University of the Arts)

Joseph Alessi (Principal, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Professor, Juilliard School)

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Click here for profile Principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra since spring 1985. He began his music studies in his native California with his father, Joseph Alessi Sr., and was already a solo trombonist with the San Francisco Symphony while still in high school, before attending the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Prior to joining the New York Philharmonic, he served as 2nd player with the Philadelphia Orchestra for four seasons, and was principal with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra for one season. In addition, he was the principal guest at the Carnegie Hall performance of the London Symphony Orchestra led by Pierre Boulez. While active in recitals and chamber music, Alessi made his solo debut with the New York Philharmonic in April 1990 with Paul Creston's Fantasy, and was commissioned in 1992 to commemorate the company's 150th anniversary. He premiered Christopher Rouse's Trombone Concerto, which won the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent collaboration with the New York Philharmonic included the world premiere of William Volcom's Trombone Concerto in the summer of 2016. In addition, recordings and concert activities with the trombone quartet are also very important when talking about Alessi.In addition to the valuable recording of Bartók's String Quartet No.・Participate in the Trombone Quartet, World Trombone Quartet, and Slide Monster Trombone Quartet. In addition to the New York Philharmonic, he has appeared as a soloist with the New Japan Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, Mannheim National Theater Orchestra, Hague Philharmonic, Colorado, Alabama, Santa Barbara, Syracuse and Puerto Rico. In addition, he has performed at the music festival held in Porotoguraro, Italy, the Cabrillo Music Festival, the Swiss Brass Week, and the Lieksa Brass Week in Finland. He has also been featured at the 1997 International Trombone Festival in Feldkirch, Austria, and at the International Conference on Brass Instruments in Lille, France. In 2002 he was awarded the International Trombone Society Award for his contributions to trombone music and trombone playing. In 2014, he was elected president of the association. Currently, he teaches at the Juilliard School, and his students are active in orchestras around the world, including the United States. He has also performed as a soloist in several major concert bands, including the United States Military Academy Band, the Army Band "Pershing's Own", and the Marine Corps Band "President's Own". In addition, he has performed with the Maria Schneider Orchestra and the Village Vanguard Orchestra, and has been actively recording with jazz big players such as JJ Johnson and Steve Tarr. He has released many recordings on the Summit label, including ``Trombonastic'', and has received high acclaim for his collaboration with New York Philharmonic trumpeter Philip Smith titled ``Fandango''. Also recorded <New York Legends> on the Carla label. A live recording of Rouse's concerto with the New York Philharmonic can be enjoyed on the album entitled New York Philharmonic/American Celebration Vol. There is also a piece Urban Cabaret written for Alessi by conductor and composer Bramwell Tovey, and a solo disc of new work commissioned by the International Trombone Association.

Jörgen van Rijen (Principal, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Professor, Amsterdam Conservatory)

Jörgen van Rijen
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Click here for profile Principal player of the prestigious Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, known as the "golden brass". A virtuoso who excels in both modern and baroque instruments, he continues to fascinate a wide range of audiences by constantly pioneering new repertoires that challenge the possibilities of the trombone as a soloist in addition to performing in orchestras. After studying with George Vigel at the Rotterdam Conservatory and graduating with honors, he studied Michel Becke and baroque trombone with Daniel LaSalle at the Lyon Conservatoire. After serving as principal player of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, he has been principal player of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra since 1997. He has performed as a soloist in numerous guest performances, and has performed with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Taiwan Philharmonic, the Nagoya Philharmonic, in European countries, the United States, Canada, Japan, China, South Korea, Russia, Singapore, Australia, etc. He has performed with world-famous orchestras such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. He has won both the Toulon and Gebwiller international trombone competitions, as well as the Dutch Ministry of Culture's Dutch Music Award (2004) and the Borletti Buitoni Foundation Award (2006). In addition to Theo Ferbe's trombone concerto commissioned by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, he has composed many new works for van Rijen such as Jakob TV and Florian Magnus Meyer. (commissioned by the Borletti-Buitoni Foundation) premiered. The premiere tour included the Hague Philharmonic, the Oulu Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. A mellow four movements played with a sophisticated orchestra (The Times)”, etc. In April 2017 he premiered the Trombone Concerto composed for him by James MacMillan with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Ivan Fischer, and has performed in the USA, Finland, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany and Japan. Released 5 CDs (Channel Classics). It is no exaggeration to say that the debut CD "truly represents the trombonist. Few trombonists reach the level of excellence of Van Rijen. Tone, dynamics, richness of color, musical understanding and His expression is outstanding in everything (Luister)”, etc., are all highly praised. He has taught at the Amsterdam Conservatory and has also taught at the Royal Academy of Music as a visiting professor abroad. In chamber music, he is active in ensembles such as New Trombone Collective, RCO Brass, and Brass United. I use the instrument of Antoine Courtois.

Michel Becquet (Professor of Lyon Conservatoire)

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Click here for profile Born February 4, 1954 in Limoges, France. His exquisite performance, sharp sensitivity, and unique timbre have earned him worldwide acclaim as one of the most outstanding performers of the French school. He learned to play the piano and horn from an early age, and at the age of 10 he picked up the trombone at the recommendation of his father, a professional horn player, and soon became passionate about it. After studying at the Limoges Conservatoire for several years, at the age of 15, he entered the Conservatory of Music in Paris, graduating at an exceptionally early stage. Since then, he has won all international competitions such as Geneva, Munich, Prague, and Toulon. At the age of 18, Wolfgang Sawallisch appointed him principal player of the Orchester de la Suisse Romande, and a few years later he joined the Paris Opera Orchestra. In 1989, in order to dedicate himself to teaching and creative activities, he retired from the Paris Opera Orchestra and began teaching at the Cologne University of Music. In 1972, he founded the Paris Trombone Quartet with Jacques Fulquet, Alain Manfranc, and Gilles Millière, and has performed a wide range of trombone pieces, from spectacular masterpieces to unknown pieces, and has been in the limelight all over the world. In 1990, Gilbert Amii recommended him to the post of head of the Department of Brass Instruments at the French National Conservatoire. In 1989, he also served as leader of the Cuible Français (French brass ensemble), founded by 18 of the best musicians, making a name for himself as the most prestigious ensemble of the French brass school. While teaching at the Conservatoire National de Lyon, his beloved pupils from the trombone class and fellow performers founded the "Ensemble Octobone" consisting of 8 trombones, 1 tuba and 2 percussion instruments. . He is currently a professor at the Lyon Conservatoire and the Lausanne Conservatory.

Stefan Schulz (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra bass trombonist, Berlin University of the Arts professor)

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Click here for profile Changed from horn to trombone. Studied in Berlin and Chicago. From 1993 to 2002, he joined the Berliner Philharmoniker after working as a bass trombone player at the Berlin State Opera Orchestra. Between 1996 and 2002 he also performed with the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra. Since the beginning of his career, he has also devoted a great deal of effort to education, having taught at the Orchestra Academy of the Berlin State Opera and the Hochschule für Musik-Theater Hannover. Since the summer of 2004, he has been a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts. He has performed with many famous orchestras such as the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Hamburg Philharmonic, the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Also active as a chamber musician, he is a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker Brass Ensemble and is a regular guest with the German Brass. The Bourne Quartet" is formed and is attracting a great deal of attention. He has collaborated extensively with composer and saxophonist Daniel Schneider, performing on premieres and recordings of his works and with the Daniel Schneider Trio. He has premiered and recorded many works by composers such as Jean-Michel Dafay, Niels Martinsen and Paul Lusas. I use the instrument of Antoine Courtois.


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