23-28 April 2018

Guests Artists

LUCA BENUCCI

Luca Benucci’s vast performing and didactic career spans over 30 years and has left an indelible mark on the international music scene. Championing all genres of music under the batons of the most notable Orchestral Directors of our time, developing unique and varied Jazz, Chamber and Solo programs collaborating closely with Jazz and Classical Virtuosi and Pop/Rock stars alike, and by innovating new pedagogical approaches to performance and practice methodology, Mr. Benucci has positively influenced and enriched the lives of numerous professionals, amateurs, students, and audience members throughout the world.
Mr. Benucci has been invited to play as Guest Principal Horn in many prestigious Orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Solisten Berlin, Super World Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Teatro alla Scala di Milano, World Master Orchestra and ConcertGebouw in Amsterdam under the baton of Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, Daniel Baremboim, Seiji Ozawa, Gustavo Dudamel, Wolfgang Sawallish, Christian Tielemann, Carlo Maria Giulini, M.W. Chung.
and gastronome and loves to spend time with his two sons, Giacomo and Niccolò.

He still holds the full-time position of Principal Horn in the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra since 1995, under the direction of Zubin Mehta. When he isn’t working in the Orchestra, many of his other projects are done in collaboration with artists and musicians in chamber groups such as the Nuovo Quintetto Italiano, Italian Brass Ensemble, the PopHorn Ensemble and he is member of the Italian WonderBrass. In addition to his musical work, Mr. Benucci founded and acts as Artistic Director of the Italian Brass Week, an annual International brass Symposium and Festival now in its 17th season, and the World Brass Association in order to provide easily accessible world-class education to students from both Italy and around the globe. He has also established musical organisations and groups such as the Italian Chamber Orchestra, Mimesis Formazione, Maggio Formazione, Sardinia Brass Festival, Santa Fiora in Musica, Note di Viaggio, and Meet the Soloists – a project that brings Principal players and Soloists from the All over the world together for intimate and informal concerts and lectures. As a highly sought after instructor, Mr. Benucci has held masterclasses in the most acclaimed Universities and Conservatories in the world, including Boston University, Roosevelt University, Juilliard School of Music, Curtis Institute of Music, Boston Conservatory, Indiana University, Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, Ankara University, Ionian University of Corfu, Maastricht Conservatory, Barcelona Conservatory, Valencia and Madrid Conservatories, Tel-Aviv and Jaffa Universities, Musashino Music College of Tokyo, and the Shanghai and Beijing Conservatory, Singapore University, Manaus University, Puebla (Mexico) and Gdansk University in Poland. He has also been invited as a guest soloists and teacher to international Brass Festivals in Japan, Cina, Costa Rica, Spain, USA, Mexico,Brasil, Uruguay, Germany, Austria, Swiss and many others. In his spare time, Luca is an avid chef and gastronome and loves to spend time with his two sons, Giacomo and Niccolò.

ALBANIAN BRASS ENSEMBLE

It is created by famous artists in Albanian. They are very important at the respective Institution where they develop their artistic activity like in: National Opera House Orchestra, Radio Television Orchestra, Pedagogues at University of Arts, Army Orchestra.  They reason why they create these ensemble is to unify the Brass Clasess in Albania, to increase the artistic level in general and also to give to the public a profesional inerpretation sharing Albanian and foreing music acros the world.

ALEXIS MORALES BARRIENTOS

Alexis Morales is part of a new generation of Latin American trumpet players.He was born in 1986 in a small village at the foot of the Poas Volcano in Costa Rica.The main influences on his trumpet career were Andrea Tofanelli, Otto Sauter, John Miller, Pierre Dutot and many others wonderful musicians.Since four years ago he works as trumpet professor in the University of Costa Rica in the Caribbean headquarter of this respectable institution, where he conducts the Calypso ensemble too. In 2012 he wins by audition a chair in the San Jose Concert Band, a legendary ensemble in Central America with more than 170 years of continuous work. Actually, he holds this job sharing it with his other musical activities as international soloist and pedagogue.He created and organized the first International Trumpet Festival in Central America and the biggest International Brass Festival in Costa Rica and he continues as Artistic Director of both festivals. On 2015 he was selected to be the Co-Director of the Yamaha Brass Academy for Latin America, a project that helps to develop the music environment for the brass players in the entire region.

Alexis Morales is the founder of the Costa Rican Trumpet Academy, a private institution who prepares high level students for their future as a soloists, orchestra players or pedagogues. During his career he visited amazing countries playing as soloist and teaching in Europe, Latin America and North America. Alexis Morales is Associate Musician of Yamaha Music Latin America and Bansbach Musical Instruments.

XHINO DAJA

He started trumpet at High School of Music “Jordan Misja” in Tirana, Albania with Prof. Lek Gjeergji and after he studied at University of Arts in Tirana with Prof. Sokol Saraci . Xhino took  mster-classe from many famous Pedagogues like: Esteban Baatallon –  Spain 2004, Sokratis Athis – Greece 2005, Andrea Giufredi – Italy 2006,  Gregory Jones – USA 2007, Uwe Diekersen Austria 2009, Panajotis Qesars – Greece 2010 etc. He is part of many projects playing solo with classic music or modern music in Orchestras like: Radio Television orch. Army orch, National Opera orch, Albanian National Brass, CEI Youth orch, etv. Actually he is playing Solo trumpet at National Opera and Baletin in Tiana Albania.

ERIK - DJ

Is performing in the best Clubs in Albania for more than 15 years like stable or guest DJ.  He is well known for his style attending to the public the latest hits. Also he is cognitive of the Balkan traditional music.

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