The 2nd International Trumpet Conference

General information

The 2nd International Trumpet Conference will take place on 5 – 9 December 2017 in Łódź. Its organiser is the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódż. The main aims of the event are: presentation of scholarly and artistic assessments,  the exchange of experience, integration and raising the level of trumpet playing in Poland. The 2nd International Trumpet Conference is planned to be an artistic, educational and scholarly event. Its participants will have the opportunity to take part in masterclasses, lectures and concerts of distinguished artists and teachers from all over the world. Moreover, they will be able to familiarize themselves with modern instruments offered by leading producers. Among the soloists and lecturers of the conference one could find eminent artists from Poland and abroad. In total there is a schedule for six concerts, seven masterclasses, five lectures and two panel discusssions, the topics of which will be chosen by the conference participants. An important part of the conference will be the 2nd International Trumpet Competition  taking place on 6 and 7 December 2017. The competition programme consists exclusively of solo trumpet pieces, with no age limitations for participants. The above conditions give equal chances for all those who are interested in participation.

Terms of participation

The conference participants can be all trumpeters and people interested in playing the trumpet. The programme of the event was designed to become interesting both for professionals,  students, pupils and even for trumpet lovers. There will be the following forms of participation:

  • Active participant
  • Passive participant
  • Entrance to concerts and exhibitions

Active participation gives the right to enter all events taking place within the conference. Moreover, it offers a chance to receive individual lessons during masterclasses (the lesson duration and the choice of a tutor depends on the number of participants). At the end of the conference each participant will receive a certificate of active participation.

Passive participation gives the right to enter all events taking place within the conference. During masterclasses a passive participant is only an observer. At the end of the conference each participant will receive a certificate of passive participation.

Teachers who choose this form of participation will receive a certificate of active participation.

Entrance to concerts and exhibitions allows for unlimited admission to concerts and exhibitions held within the conference. There will be no certificate for this form of participation.

Academic teachers  taking part in the conference receive a certificate only at the request.

More information (also about fees and applications) - click here

Artists and lecturers (in alphabetical order)

  • Belgian Brass Quintet

The ensemble was created by the group of soloists of National  Opera of Belgium La ‘Monnaie. It performs in two lineups as a brass quintet and a twelve person brass ensemble with percussion. Belgian Brass created its unique style performing music of many epochs, from Renaissance to contemporary, in its original arrangements using symphonic, jazz and popular music. Every year the artists play numerous concerts all over the world. They are the founders of International Belgian Brass Academy, which gathers eminent musicians and educators. The artists play Yamaha instruments. The members of the ensemble are: Manu Mellaerts – trumpet, Steven Devolder – trumpet, Rik Vercruysse – horn, Jan Smets – trombone, Stephan Vanaenrode – tuba.

  • Jason Bergman (USA)

Jason Bergman is Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University of North Texas. He also serves as Principal Trumpet of the Mobile Symphony and Mobile Opera.  He is regularly in demand as a soloist, orchestra trumpet, and an educator. A winner of the Orchestral Excerpt Competition held within ITG Conference. Dr Bergman performed as a soloist i.a. with Garland Symphony Orchestra, the UNT Symphonic Band, the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble, the Southern Miss Symphonic Winds, the Brigham Young University Philharmonic, Wind Symphony, and Symphonic Band. He conducts numerous masterclasses in the USA and South America. He is a contributing author of the Grove Dictionary of American Music and the editor of ITG Journal. In 2017 has been chosen as one of directors of International Trumpet Guild. His latest CD The Lighting Field received a great review in Gramophone, a prestigious classical music magazine.The artist plays Vincent Bach instruments.

  • Dominique Bodart (Belgium)

Artistic director of International Trumpet Competition „Theo Charlier” and a professor  at the Academy of Music in Eghezée. The prize winner of numerous  competitions, i.a. International Competition in Lieksa (Finland). In 1989-1991 the first solo trumpet in The World Youth Orchestra, and in 2008-2011 alternating-principal trumpet in Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra in Finland. Dominique  Bodart teaches at many master courses and performs as a soloist in numerous countries of Europe and Asia. He is a highly regarded performer of early music played on the Baroque trumpet. The artist plays exclusively the instruments by Buffet Group.

  • Konrad Boniński (Poland)

Principal trumpet of the Grand Theatre orchestra in Łódź, and an assistant professor with doctoral degree at the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź. For many years a trumpet class teacher at the Henryk Wieniawski Comprehensive Primary and Secondary Music Schools in Łódź. Konrad Boniński performs as a soloist and chamber musician. To his credit he also cooperated with film studios (recordings for fiction, documentary and short movies). A member of the jury at regional and national competitions in Poland. He performed world premieres of numerous works by contemporary composers.

  • Igor Cecocho ( Poland)

Professor at the Academies of Music in Wrocław and Łódź. A highly regarded soloist and chamber musician performing concerts with numerous philharmonic orchestras. Principal trumpet of the Philharmonic Orchestra in Wrocław for many years. A teacher at masterclasses in Poland and abroad. A forerunner of early music performance on the Baroque trumpet in Poland. His two solo CDs were highly appraised by music critics.

  • Sławomir Cichor (Poland)

Assistant professor with habilitation doctoral degree at the Academy of Music in Łódź and principal trumpet of the Philharmonic Orchestra in Łódź. He performs as a soloist and chamber musician in numerous countries. A performer of world premieres of contemporary works and a composer of trumpet music. In 2014 he recorded a CD Trumpet Song,  which received excellent reviews.

  • Jose Chafer (Spain)

Professor at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica in Murcia (Spain). An outstanding soloist and educator, regularly invited to prestigious festivals in Spain, Belgium, Italy, China and the USA. His two solo CDs received Global Music Awards. In 2013  he gave a recital at the annual conference of International Trumpet Guild in Grand Rapids. Professor Chafer is the artistic director of CIMVO International Trumpet Festival held every twelve years in L’Olleria, Spain. The artist plays Yamaha instruments.

  • Frits Damrow (Netherlands / Switzerland)

Professor at the University of the Arts in Zurich. In 1991-2010 principal trumpet of  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. As a soloist he played with many orchestras like Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Symfonietta Amsterdam, Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra, Italian Chamber Orchestra. His rich chamber music activity included performances with different groups like Amsterdam Bach Soloists, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, the Ebony Band, the Brass Quintet and Brass Ensemble of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Professor Damrow leads a succesful educational work, giving masterclasses in Switzerland, Belgium, Finland, Sweden, Russia, Germany, South Korea, China, Spain, Japan, Italy, the USA and Georgia. Author of etudes and methods for trumpet, i.a. Fitness for Brass or Shape Up. His students win prizes at the most important international competitions (Huw Morgan). He is a Yamaha performing artist.

  • Pierre Dutot (France)

Pedagogue whose teaching combines his own educational background of instrumental studies, psychology and sport training. For 22 years he was a professor at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon. He also worked as a soloist in the National Symphonic Orchestra in Lyon. Pierre Dutot conducts also rich activity as a soloist and chamber musician. He is a founder of numerous ensembles like Hexagone, Polygone, Jericho, Brass Band Borgiaq de Bordeaux. Professor Dutot regularly teaches at prestigious master courses across the world. He is an author of trumpet method 1ere Methode du Tout Petit Trumpet Star. Among his students one can find many outstanding soloists and prize winners of international trumpet competitions (David Guerrier, Andre Henry, Jose Luis Gonzalez). The artist plays Yamaha instruments.

  • Maciej Fortuna (Poland)

Jazz trumpet player, a founder and leader of some of the top Polish bands in improvised music such as Maciej Fortuna Trio, the critically acclaimed Maciej Fortuna Quartet and the Fortuna/Dys Duo. He performs music combining jazz with electronics, both solo and in collaboration with An On Bast. He played at various international music festivals such as  Jarasum International Jazz Festival, Heineken Jazzaldia (San Sebastián Jazz Festival), and Fringe Festival. Dr Hab. Maciej Fortuna runs the trumpet class at the Academy of Music in Poznań.

  • Thomas Lubitz (Germany)

Chief trumpet maker and designer, senior manager in the European Yamaha Atelier in Hamburg. For many years designed top class instruments. In co-operation with world class artists he improves trumpets adjusting the instruments to individual needs.

  • Wacław Mulak (Poland)

He runs the trumpet class at the Academy of Music in Cracow. Principal trumpet of the Cracow Philharmonic orchestra. Dr Hab. Wacław Mulak works with numerous orchestras in Poland and abroad. A regular teacher at many masterclasses. He is a founder of Barock Tune ensemble.

  • Rex Richardson (USA)

In classical music circles considered as one of the finest trumpet players in the world. In 2008 Brass Herald music magazine named him “Personality of the Year”, while Dave Douglas  called him „a national treasure”. He plays as a soloist with numerous orchestras, both symphonic and brass ones, while as a jazz musician he shared the stage with a countless legendary artists including  Brian Blade, Benny Carter, Boston Brass, Ray Charles, Mike Clarke, Dave Douglas, Kurt Elling, Carl Fontana, Aretha Franklin, Wycliffe Gordon, Stefon Harris, Conrad Herwig, Dave Holland, Dave Liebman, Keith Lockhart, James Morrison, Jimmy Owens, Jim Pugh, Chris Potter, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Arturo Sandoval, Bobby Shew, Allen Vizzutti, Bill Watrous, Steve Wilson.
Since 2002 Richardson has been a trumpet professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, and serves as artist-in-residence and visiting professor at Ithaca College in New York and at Trinity College of Music in London. Moreover, in spring 2012 he taught as artist-in-residence at Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Rex Richardson plays Yamaha instruments.