Peter-Lukas Graf is nowadays the doyen of internationally well-known flutists. Along with winning the first prize at the Munich Competition, he was appointed the youngest ever principal flutist at the Winterthur and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. After a decade of mainly conducting operas and symphonic concerts, he has been a professor in Basle. The USA National Flute Association honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He received the title doctor honoris causa by the Music Academy of Cracow(Poland). From the Italian FALAUT Association, he received the premio di carriera flauto d'oro.
Principal, Berliner Philharmoniker
Paris-born Mathieu Dufour has played the flute since he was eight years old. He initially studied under Madeleine Chassang, then later under Maxence Larrieu at the Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique de Lyon. He has won numerous competitions, including the Concours de flûte Jean-Pierre Rampal. His professional career began in 1993 as principal flute with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. In 1996, he moved to the Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris where held the same position. Daniel Barenboim then engaged him as principal flute with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1999. In addition to his orchestral work, he has often performed as a soloist under the baton of Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Christoph Eschenbach, and Fabio Luisi, among others. Furthermore, as a chamber musician, he works together with Mitsuko Uchida, Pinchas Zukerman, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and Julia Fischer. In May 2014, Mathieu Dufour won the audition for the post of principal flute with the Berliner Philharmoniker, succeeding Andreas Blau in this position.
Michael Collins is one of the most complete musicians of his generation. With a continuing, distinguished career as a soloist, he has also become highly regarded as a conductor and is Principal Conductor of the City of London Sinfonia.
Highlights this season include performances with the Philharmonia, London Mozart Players, Academy of Ancient Music, Royal Philharmonic, Kuopio Symphony, BBC Symphony and English Chamber orchestras as well as tours to Australia, Japan and a performance at the BBC Proms.
Michael Collins records for Chandos and has covered a wide range of repertoire in his prolific recording career. He was awarded an MBE for his services to music, and plays exclusively on Yamaha clarinets.
Principal, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France
Born in Limoges, France in 1972, Jérôme Voisin started playing the clarinet at the age of 9. After studying at the Conservatoire National de Région de Tours with professor Didier Delettre, he graduated with high honors from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon (class of Jacques Di Donato). Jérôme continued clarinet and chamber music classes with Pascal Moraguès at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.
He is the winner of three major international music competitions in Roma, Prague and Toulon, and performs extensively in numerous international music festivals all over the world as well as for the French National Broadcasting Company, France Musique.
Jérôme has played as principal clarinet of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France since 2006, he was previously bass clarinetist in the same orchestra for 10 years. He is also regularly invited at the Mahler Chamber Orchestra or Chamber Orchestra of Europe. With orchestras, Jérôme Voisin performed at the Aix-en-Provence festival, Mozart Festwochen of Salzburg, as well as in Turin, Modena or Ferrara, under the direction of Claudio Abbado, Daniel Harding, Trevor Pinnock, Tugan Sokhiev, Yannick Nezet-Seguin.
He founded in 2010 the Ensemble Pasarela (Maud Lovett, violin / Bruno Maurice, accordion / Frederic Lagarde, piano) dedicated to music repertoires from South America, classical and traditional (Tango, Brazilian music and also contemporary music)
Very active in contemporary repertoire, he plays with Ensemble TM+ or Alternance. In 2005 he recorded Dalbavie’s double concerto for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra with Romain Guyot.
He also recorded with French jazzmen Stéphane and Lionel Belmondo (Hymne au soleil) in cooperation with Yusef Lateef, Milton Nascimento. Recent performances include jazz festivals such as Jazz a Vienne, Banlieues bleues, La Villette Jazz Festival...
Finally, holding the teaching diploma «Certificat d’Aptitude» for clarinet, Jérôme Voisin teaches Chamber Music at the Boulogne-Billancourt Conservatory as well as at the Chamber Music Academy from Saint-Geniez d’Olt, France.
Principal, Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Mizuho Yoshii has been the principal oboist of the MCO since 2001. Her musicianship and distinctive tone have been acclaimed by critics and have delighted audiences worldwide.
Mizuho has played in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and many of the finest European orchestras have invited her to play as Guest Principal Oboist. She has worked closely with conductors Claudio Abbado, Gunter Wand, Simon Rattle, Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and Daniel Harding.
Mizuho has a flourishing career in Japan, both as a recitalist and as an ensemble player.In 2013 she was selected as a leader in her field to represent the Future of Japan, by the Bungei Shunjyu newspaper group. Mizuho is teaching at Tokyo University of arts.She is founder and producer of the Kamakura ReSonance Concert Series.
Principal, Orchestre de l'Opéra national de Paris
Laurent Lefèvre has been principal bassoon with the orchestra of the Opéra National de Paris since 1991. He is also regularly invited to play principal bassoon with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. He teaches at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris and the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris. He gives numerous master classes globally. As a soloist, Mr. Lefèvre has performed with prestigious orchestras. He has won awards in many international competitions such as first prize in the international competition of Toulon and Geneva.
Professor, C.N.R. de Cergy-Pontoise
Born in France. Mr. Fourmeau graduated from the Paris Conservatoire with a premier prix in 1977. He was awarded second prize at the Gap International Saxophone Competition in France. He has been a professor at C.N.R. de Cergy-Pontoise and a juror at the Paris Conservatoire.
Guest professor, Tokyo University of the Arts/Kyoto City University of Arts
Mr. Sugawa graduated from Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music. In 1982 he won second prize at the Japan Music Competition and the following year won first prize at the Japan Wind and Percussion Competition.
Professor, Indiana University
Otis Murphy holds the position of Professor of Saxophone in the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, joining the faculty at age 28 and becoming one of the youngest faculty members in its history. He is in great demand as an international artist, having performed in more than 25 countries worldwide across four continents. Dr. Murphy has garnered a number of international awards including prizes in Belgium’s Adolphe Sax International Saxophone Competition and France’s Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition, and he has appeared in major concert venues including Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium, Merkin Hall (New York City), Casals Hall (Tokyo); Palau de la Musica (Valencia); and Muziekgebouw aan het Ij (Amsterdam). He has taught at music schools and festivals worldwide including the Paris Conservatory, Amsterdam Conservatory, Cologne Academy of Music, Hamamatsu International Wind Instrument Academy and Festival, Japan Band Clinic, Institut Franz Schubert, Kunitachi College of Music, Liceu de Barcelona, Madrid Royal Conservatory, Midwest Clinic, Musashino Academy of Music, Nagoya College of Music, Osaka College of Music, London Royal College of Music, Shanghai Conservatory, Sydney Conservatorium, and many more. Dr. Murphy also is a recipient of teaching awards from Indiana University including the 2019 Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award, and the 2019 Indiana University New Frontiers of Creativity and Scholarship Award. Dr. Murphy’s students have received accolades in national and international competitions and are members of premier military concert bands in the various branches of the U.S. military including the Army, Navy, and Coast Guard bands. In addition, Dr. Murphy’s students hold teaching positions in public school music programs and collegiate teaching positions throughout the country and abroad. Dr. Murphy holds Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, graduating with the Performer’s Certificate, the highest honor given to a performer at this institution. In addition, he pursued advanced studies in France under a Fulbright Fellowship for foreign study as a pupil of Jean-Yves Fourmeau at the Conservatoire National Régional de Musique in Cergy-Pontoise, earning the Prix de Perfectionnement à l’unanimité. Dr. Murphy leads a very fulfilling life with his wife, pianist Haruko Murphy, and together are dedicated parents of their six children.
Principal, New York Philharmonic
Christopher Martin joined the New York Philharmonic as Principal Trumpet, The Paula Levin Chair, in September 2016. He served as principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 11 seasons, and enjoyed a distinctive career of almost 20 years in many of America’s finest orchestras, including as principal trumpet of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and associate principal trumpet of The Philadelphia Orchestra. His discography includes a solo trumpet performance in John Williams’s score to Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (2012), the National Brass Ensemble’s Gabrieli album, and CSO Resound label recordings. Mr. Martin has served on the faculty of Northwestern University and coached the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
Professor, Hochschule für Musik in Hannover
Belgian trumpeter Jeroen Berwaerts, born in 1975, is a paramount musical force with an all-inclusive love for music that knows not how to discriminate. Praised for his outstanding technical capabilities and sensitive musicality, his repertoire encompasses every epoch, from baroque music to contemporary music to jazz. Amidst his burgeoning trumpet career, Jeroen Berwaerts completed jazz vocal studies at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent. He has developed several programmes with piano, drums and/or brass band, where he combines trumpet and voice as well as classical, jazz and other genres in a truly unique way. Jeroen Berwaerts’ open-mindedness and resplendent playing have brought him invitations to play at internationally renowned music festivals, including Ars Musica in Belgium and the Rheingau Music Festival. He also performs frequently at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, where in 2005 he performed the world premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s Voyage VII for trumpet and ensemble, at the Niedersächsische Musiktage, where he played a concert with silent film last year, and the Takefu International Music Festival in Japan. He has also performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hanover, Munich Symphony Orchestra, Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra and the Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen under conductors such as Alan Gilbert and Yakov Kreizberg. Since gaining the position of Principal Trumpet of the NDR Hamburg Symphony Orchestra in 1999, he has often appeared as a soloist with the orchestra. Jeroen Berwaerts started the 2013/14 season with concerts in Europe, Asia and Australia. On 5 September he gave the world premiere of the new trumpet concerto Im Nebel by Toshio Hosokawa at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, together with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jun Märkl. In early March 2014, this trumpet concerto will also be performed twice in Germany, with the NDR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Matthias Pintscher in Kiel and in Hamburg. In Hamburg he will also be performing Busking, a composition by HK Gruber, together with the Ensemble Resonanz, as well as Hindemith’s trumpet sonata together with Alexander Melnikov. Shortly after the performance with the NDR Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg, both musicians will record Hindemith’s sonata for the label Harmonia Mundi. Jeroen Berwaerts’ first solo CD, In the Limelight, provides a stunning take on trumpet repertoire of the romantic period. RCA also released a live-CD featuring the Posthornserenade by Mozart under the baton of Günther Wand. Alongside pianist Alexander Melnikov and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under Teodor Currentzis, he recorded Shostakovich’s concerto for piano, trumpet and string orchestra for Harmonia Mundi in 2012. In the same year, NEOS released a recording of Toshio Hosokawa’s Voyage VII featuring him as soloist with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. Jeroen Berwaerts had already been awarded with prizes from various competitions such as the Concours Maurice André (1991) and Concours Européen de Jeunes Trompettistes (1992) when he began studies in Karlsruhe with celebrated trumpet-virtuoso Reinhold Friedrich. He was also an award winner at the Prague Spring International Music Competition in 1997 and won the 2nd prize as well as the “Prix Feeling” (a special prize for best interpretation) at the Maurice André Trumpet Competition. Since 2008, Jeroen Berwaerts has been a Professor of Trumpet at the Hochschule für Musik in Hanover. He is a Yamaha Artist.
Principal, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester
Jens Plücker was born in 1972 in Haan / Rheinland. Jens Plücker 1994 received his first permanent position as first principal horn of the Bochum Symphony Orchestra . In the same year he won the prize at the International Horn Competition in Markneukirchen and the first Prize in the international competition of the Mozart Society of Munich. He was the first principal horn of the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg in 1996 and in 2002 the same position in the NDR Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to his orchestral activities (including as an assistant with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra or the SWR Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart) Jens Plücker performed as a soloist with the NDR Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Philharmonic, the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, the Philharmonia Hungarica, the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, the country's young Endor Chester Bremen and at the chamber music days Hitzacker on.
Up to 1999, was a member of the Plücker Delos Woodwind Quintet, with whom he has performed at home and abroad, and numerous CD and radio recordings for the BR, SWR, WDR and NDR grossed . The ensemble won the 1993 the first Prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Osaka / Japan, and in 1994 the first At the German Music Competition. Since its founding in 2004, Jens Plücker member NDR Brass, with whom he regularly makes guest appearances at the Schleswig- Holstein Music Festival.
In 2000 Jens was awarded Edward Soering Prize of Hamburg. His concert appearances he supplemented by activities teaching about the Master class in São Paulo (2005) or at the master class for Wagner tuba at the Musikhochschule Hamburg (2011). Jens has been CEO of the Academy of the NDR Symphony Orchestra since 2012.
Former bass trombobe player, Boston Symphony Orchestra
Recognized as one of the world’s leading low brass performers, teachers, scholars, and authors, Douglas Yeo was bass trombonist of the Boston Symphony from 1985-2012. Before coming to Boston, he was a member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, a free-lance musician in New York City where he was a member of the Goldman Band, and a high school band director. From 2012-2016 he served as Professor of Trombone at Arizona State University and has also been on the faculties of New England Conservatory of Music, Boston University, and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. A graduate of Wheaton College (Illinois) where he studied trombone with Edward Kleinhammer, and New York University, he has given trombone masterclasses on five continents and has held residencies around the world including the International Trombone Festival (six times), the Banff Center (Canada), the Hamamatsu International Wind Instrument Academy and Festival (eight times) and the Nagoya Trombone Festival (Japan), the International Trombone and Tuba Festival (Beijing), and the Dutch Bass Trombone Open (Holland).
In 2014, Douglas Yeo was the recipient of the International Trombone Association’s highest honor, the ITA Award, given to him “in recognition of his distinguished career and in acknowledgement of his impact on the world of trombone performance.” He has written dozens of articles for many publications and is the author of The One Hundred: Essential Works for the Symphonic Bass Trombonist (Encore Music Publishers) and co-author (with Edward Kleinhammer) of Mastering the Trombone (Ensemble Publications). His website, yeodoug.com, was the first website on the Internet devoted to the trombone and continues to be one of the most influential websites of its kind, with hundreds of thousands of visitors since it was launched in 1996; his blog, thelasttrombone.com, was launched in 2016.
Anthony Caillet adopts the euphonium very young, shortly before this instrument knows the rise that drives it today in France.
A graduate of the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris, laureate of the biggest international competitions and many jazz springboards, Anthony knows that you can "do everything with a euphonium"! This certainty opens to him the doors of discovery and multiple musical, cultural and human experiences, in all aesthetics, across all forms and all continents.
Thus, he plays in large orchestras and ensembles as in smaller formations. He approaches the classical repertoire with the Orchester de Paris, the Orchester National de France, the National Orchestra of Lyon or the Paris Opera ... He integrates the Evolutiv Brass quartet and creates the Bokeh Tuba Quintet to reveal the subtlety of euphonium.
Contemporary music and creation play an important role in his career and in the development of the repertoire of the instrument. From collaborations with the Ensemble Inter-Contemporain to the commissioning of works, there is only one step that Anthony goes through by addressing composers and musicians from different musical universes. He offers himself, at the same time as other musicians, new horizons.
With jazz and improvised music, Anthony also enjoys the spontaneity, the surprise and the interactivity of the music, as in Smoking Mouse, duo, or Melusine, in quintet.
He repeatedly shares Mathieu Boogaerts' discreet demand on stage and in the studio.
All the projects in which he collaborates participate in this plural singularity developed for and with his instrument.
Principal, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Gene Pokorny has been the tuba player in the Chicago Symphony since 1989. He has previously been the tuba player in the Israel Philharmonic, the Utah Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic . In addition to playing film scores in Hollywood (“Jurassic Park”, “The Fugitive”, etc.), he has played in chamber music, opera orchestras and orchestra festivals worldwide.
Man first landed on the moon almost exactly 50 years ago (July, 1969). The Apollo spacecraft which made that voyage to the moon was built about a mile away from where Pokorny grew up. He studied tuba in Southern California with Jeffrey Reynolds, Larry Johansen, Tommy Johnson and Roger Bobo.
When he isn’t counting rests in the back row of the stage of Orchestra Hall, he teaches worldwide and assisted Rolling Stones’ trombonist, Michael Davis, in the production of various warm-up books. He has several educational and solo recordings.
He has received an Outstanding Alumnus Award and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Southern California and the University of Redlands, respectively.
Gene is a member of the Union Pacific (Railroad) Historical Society and spends time as a “foamer” (watching and chasing trains). He is a card-carrying member of The Three Stooges Fan Club (a “victim of soicumstances!”) and is an avid enthusiast of his good friend David “Red” Lehr, the greatest Dixieland sousaphonist in the known universe. Gene, his wife Beth Lodal (also a tuba player) and their basset hounds, (non-musicians who happen to have real lives), regularly forage from their refrigerator, which is located in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago.