Norddeutsche Trompetentage 2015

15 - 20 Nov 2015 | Academy of music Lower Saxony - Wolfenbüttel


The organization has invited the following professors:

Frits Damrow

Frits Damrow started his musical career as principal trumpet of the Radio Symphony Orchestra of the Netherlands when he was 21 and still had to finish his studies at the Maastrichts Conservatory. After 9 years he was appointed as principal trumpet of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam holding this position from 1991 until 2010. He was also active as a trumpet teacher at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam from 1993 until 2010.

As a chamber musician Frits Damrow played in different groups like the Amsterdam Bach Soloists, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, the Ebony Band, the Brass Quintet and Brass Ensemble of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Since 2009 he has been Professor of trumpet at the University of the Arts in Zürich, Switzerland (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste).

He is a regular teacher and soloist at many summer courses and festivals, like the Hamamatsu Summer Wind Academy in Japan, Musica Verano in Mexico, the Italian Brass Week, Ionian Summer Academy in Greece, Cursu International de Musica in Spain, Blekinge Int. Brass Academy in Sweden, the Tbilisi Wind Festival and Sauerland Herbst in Germany. He also gave master classes at institutions like North Western University in Chicago, the San Fransisco Conservatory, the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, the Hochschule in Freiburg, the Richard Strauss Konservatorium in Münich, the Tchaikowsky Conservatory and Gnesin Academy in Moskou, the State Conservatory in Athens, Greece, Shobi University in Tokyo, the National University in Seoul and several Universities in China.

As a soloist Frits Damrow played with orchestras like the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Symfonietta Amsterdam, Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra, Italian Chamber Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Lithuania, Slovak Symfonietta and the Symphony Orchestra of Seoul.

Several practice and solo literature books are publishes by “De Haske Publications”, like Fitness for Brass, Bel Canto for Brass, Sound the trumpet, Multystyle Studies, Vocalises and Bach for Trumpet.

Aliud Records has released his new solo CD “Romance” in Autumn 2013.


Wolfgang Guggenberger

Wolfgang Guggenberger was born in Sonthofen/Bavaria. He was 1st prize-winner at the federal competition „Jugend musiziert“ (Music by Young People) and won the “European Prize” of national contests. In 1978 he distinguished himself as a prize-winner at the renowned “Deutscher Musikwettbewerb” (German Musical Competition) in Bonn.

Wolfgang Guggenberger received numerous scholarships and cultural grants and graduated with distinction from the Munich Richard-Strauss-Conservatory (teacher: Rolf Quinque) and the State College of Music Trossingen (teacher: Prof. Horst-Dieter Bolz). Intensive studies of two years duration in Chicago with Prof. Vincent Cichowicz, Adolph Herseth and Arnold Jacobs were for him forward-looking and formative in artistic terms.

From 1986 to 2005 he was  full-time lecturer at the Richard-Strauss-Conservatory in Munich, where he was also the chairman of the brass and percussion department. In 2005 he was appointed Professor for Trumpet at the State College of Music in Trossingen.

As a member of selected artists of the “German Music Council” Wolfgang Guggenberger played as a soloist with renowned German orchestras. As a soloist and lecturer Wolfgang Guggenberger toured many European countries, Georgia, Russia, Latvia, South East Asia as well as the USA and Mexico.

Besides many broadcast recordings Wolfgang Guggenberger released three CDs with solo- and chamber music. 2004 he published his Studies for 1 or 2 Trumpets “BASICS PLUS” (Rundel, Music Publications), which have become standard repertoire of brass pedagogy. www.basicsplus.info


Klaus Schuhwerk

Klaus Schuhwerk was born in 1961 in Radolfzell near Lake Constance. He is considered to be one of the leading brass teachers in Germany. After numerous engagements with the Hessian Radio Symphony Orchestra and with the Southwest Radio Orchestra, as well as playing with various chamber music ensembles for many years, Klaus Schuhwerk has dedicated himself since 1997 first and foremost to teaching. He has taught at the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz, at the State Academy of Music Karlsruhe and at the Academy of Music in Munich.

Since October 2000 Klaus Schuhwerk has been directing his own trumpet class at the Academy of Music in Basel. In 2003 he was offered a professorship at the College of Music and Theater in Frankfurt. Many of his students now have leading positions in German radio, theatre and concert orchestras. Klaus Schuhwerk also dedicates himself to working with young brass players in various youth orchestras, such as the German National Youth Orchestra, the Young German Philharmonic or the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra.


Giuliano Somerhalder

Trumpet player Giuliano Somerhalder was born into a family of musicians in 1985 and grew up in Italy.

In 2003, a year before completing his schooling, he won second prize at the renowned international music competition of the ARD broadcasting network in Munich. He was the joint winner of the Maurice André competition in Paris, after having won other important contests, such as the Prague Spring Festival (2003), the Timofei Dokschitzer Competition in Vilnius (2002), the Concertino Praga (2001) and the Tchaikovsky Conservatory Competition in Moscow (1997). In addition, Sommerhalder was awarded European Culture Prizes in Munich in 1999 and in Berlin in 2002. In 2008 he was accepted into the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists Scheme.

Sommerhalder studied with Pierluigi Salvi at the Conservatorio “Giuseppe Verdi” in Como and with Max Sommerhalder at the Detmold College of Music. Other important mentors include Maurice André, Eric Aubier, Stephen Burns, Edward Carroll, Hans Gansch, Pierre Thibaud, James Thompson and others. He played in Claudio Abbado’s Orchestra Mozart in Bologna in 2004, was chosen by Lorin Maazel as solo trumpeter for his Orquestra de la Comunitat Valencia.  Giuliano Somerhalder was solo trumpeter in the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly from 2006 until 2011 when he then moved to the same position at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam under Mariss Jansons until 2013. Besides his soloist and orchestral activities, he has been a member of the brass quintet Italian Wonderbrass since 2006.

As a soloist on both modern and historical instruments, Giuliano Sommerhalder has appeared throughout Europe, America, and Australia, at the Vienna Musikverein (where he played Bach’s Second Brandenburg Concerto), the Berlin Philharmonie (both the Great and the Chamber Music Halls) at the Lucerne Festival, the City of London Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. He has performed as soloist with ensembles such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the NDR Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester of Berlin, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the NDR Philharmonic Orchestra in Hanover, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, the Moscow Soloists, the Basle Chamber Orchestra, the MDR Symphony Orchestra in Leipzig, and the symphony orchestras of the Czech and Polish broadcasting corporations.

In 2014 he will hold his African debut in Durban, South Africa, performing Henri Tomasi’s Trumpet Concerto with the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic, as well as his Asian debut performing two Concertos by Amilcare Ponchielli in Hong Kong.

Giuliano Sommerhalder’s discography includes two solo albums, ” Romantic Virtuosity”, a collection of virtuosic masterpieces of the German Russian Romanticism, and ” Amilcare Ponchielli – Concertos”, dedicated to the great Italian composer Amilcare Ponchielli (1834-1886) and featuring his concertos for trumpet and euphonium as well as a capriccio for oboe (with Roland Fröscher, Euphonium, and Simone Sommerhalder, Oboe).

In 2012, the Ponchielli Album was awarded the prestigious ECHO-Klassik Music Prize in the category “Concerto Recording of the Year / 19th Century”.

On baroque trumpet he has recorded Johann Friedrich Fasch’s  Trumpet Concerto in D Major. He is also featured in four albums of the Gewandhaus Orchestra, performing J.S. Bach’s  Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 and the  Christmas Oratorio, among others.


Kristian Steenstrup

Kristian Steenstrup was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1966. Growing up in Holstebro he played in the local marching band and in 1985 he entered The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus graduating in 1992. His most important studies he did at Northwestern University in Chicago 1988-1990 and on numerous trips throughout the nineties with Professor Vincent Cichowicz and privately with Arnold Jacobs.

Kristian is currently Professor of Trumpet at The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark where he also published the book Teaching Brass in 2007 and recorded 2 CDs with Eriko Takezawa, Capriccio and Danish Music for Trumpet and Piano. As a freelancer he has played with all the orchestras in Denmark.
He holds a busy travelling schedule having done master classes in Norway, Sweden, Scotland, England, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Estonia, Spain, Italy, Israel, Brazil and Japan. Furthermore, he has done workshops with professional orchestras in Norway, Sweden, Scotland, England, Germany and Brazil.

Kristian has several master classes available for download on the internet service playwithapro.com


Magdalena Todorowa - piano

Magdalena Todorowa studied at the Conservatory in Brussels, and at the Musikhochschulen in Munich and Karlsruhe, where she completed the soloist diploma with distinction.

She has won several national and international competitions: “Kiwanis Festival”, Ottawa, Canada, Concours International “Andree Charlier”, Charleroi, Belgium, Prix de la Fortis Banque, Büttner Competition Karlsruhe, Max Reger Chamber Music Competition. She was also a scholar of the Foundation “Podium Junger Musiker” and “Live Music Now”.

During her studies she was already teaching at the Pre-College and started accompanying the Brass section in Karlsruhe (including class Prof. Reinhold Friedrich), at the Musikhochschule in Frankfurt and at the Music Academy Basel, Switzerland (Prof. Klaus Schuhwerk). In addition, she worked as well in various instrumental classes at the Conservatory in Maastricht, Netherlands for six years.

As a soloist and orchestral musician, she has played with various orchestras, such as the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart (Yannick Nézet-Séguin), and the südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester under the direction of Sebastian Tewinkel.

Some of her performances were recorded by the Dutch Television, the SWR and the BR in Germany.


Petra Keßler - Mental Coach

Petra Keßler studied flute at the Folkwang-Hochschule Essen and the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule Düsseldorf. Artistic diploma and Konzertexamen.
Formation as relaxation trainer, mental coach & EFT-tapping-coach.
Numerous more formations and further education: Kinesiology, NLPe, sports-mentaltraining, Feldenkrais, u.a.

Petra Keßler, an expert since 2002 in mental training, performance-coaching and EFT-coaching (“tapping instead of stage fright”).
Countless musicians, conservatory classes and well-known orchestras have already benefited from her workshops and individual lessons.

Orchestras & Academies: Oper Zürich, Bamberger Symphoniker, Essener Philharmoniker, Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe, Staatstheater Kassel, Staatskapelle Berlin etc.
Conservatories & Universities: Lectures, workshops and individual lessons at the Orchesterzentrum NRW, Folkwang Hochschule Essen, HfMDK Frankfurt, Hochschulen für Musik in Würzburg, Nürnberg, Bremen, Hamburg etc.
As well as diverse Landesmusikakademies, different associations, music-schools, Bundesjugendorchester (BJO), Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Schleswig Holstein Festival etc.