In addition to the opening night concert, featuring David Rejano and Jörgen Van Rijen, and our Thursday night, “Concert of Concertos,” with Mr. van Rijen, Kenneth Thompkins, and a brand-new double concerto featuring Vanessa Fralick and Gordon Wolfe, you can catch solo recitals from ITF Artists everyday, throughout the Festival schedule.
Host Chris Van Hof has pulled together a diverse roster of soloists and orchestral players from around the world. Look for lots of new music on these programs, with many concerts featuring world premieres and innovative arrangements.
Who can you hear?
George Curran became the bass trombonist of the New York Philharmonic in June 2013 after serving in that role with the Orchestra during the 2012–13 season. Previously, he was a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for five years and a fellow with the New World Symphony. He has also performed with the major orchestras of Cincinnati, Detroit, Colorado, North Carolina, and Alabama.
Nathan Zgonc is currently the Acting Principal of the Atlanta Symphony and holds the Associate Principal Second/Utility Trombone chair since the 2011 season. Before this appointment, Mr. Zgonc played Principal trombone in the Vancouver Symphony, Principal trombone in the Utah Symphony and Opera, Principal trombone in the Sarasota Orchestra, Principal and Second trombone in the San Antonio Symphony, and trombone in the United States Navy Band and the Oregon Symphony.
Japanese Trombonist active in Europe and Japan, as a Soloist, Chamber musician, Orchestra player, Educator, Author and Producer. Yu has had Concerto appearances with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo City Philharmonic, Tokyo New City Orchestra, Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra and many others. Yu has given many solo recitals around Japan, United States and Switzerland, also duo recitals with Ian Bousfield, Peter Sullivan and Colin Williams. In 2018, 1st Solo CD “ Love and Chaos” was released from Altus Label. As an active educator, Yu has held lectures, clinics and master classes in all Japan’s major cities.
Japanese trombonist Mayumi Shimizu started taking piano lessons at the age of five and began with the trombone when she was ten. Prior to her main studies as a trombonist, she completed a degree in applied physics and physico-informatics at Keio University in Tokyo. In 2005, she enrolled in Branimir Slokar’s trombone class at Freiburg University. After graduating, she went on to perform with the Berlin Philharmonic, the ‘Deutsche Oper Berlin’, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, and the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra, and in 2012, gained a full time position as Principal Trombonist in the Southwest German Radio (SWR) Symphony Orchestra.
Ricardo Mollá received his Bachelor’s Degree in trombone at the Conservatorio Superior de Música Oscar Esplá in Alicante (Spain) and the Hochschule für Musik, Theatre und Medien Hannover (Germany) with Javier García and Jonas Bylund, respectively. Personally invited by Joseph Alessi, principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic, he was awarded a scholarship by the Artists’ Society of Spain and Foundation JONDE-BBVA to study at the prestigious The Juilliard School of New York where he is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Classical Music.
Peter Steiner, International Soloist
Italian trombonist Peter Steiner’s playing has been described as “beautifully controlled with a vocal sound,” and he is recognized around the world as “a new trombone star within his generation,” “playing with total control.”
At the age of 23, Peter Steiner was appointed Trombonist of the Vienna State Opera and Vienna Philharmonic for the 2016-2017 season. Prior to that engagement he served as Principal Trombonist with the Colorado Symphony for the 2014-2015 season. He has performed as guest trombonist with the Munich Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, New York Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
His 2018-2019 season involves extensive international travel and features over 100 performances, including a three-month World Tour of the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America with Constanze Hochwartner (piano/organ) as Duo Steiner Hochwartner, as well as solo concerts with orchestras around the globe. Other highlights for this season include a four-week tour in United States (February 2019), a CD release tour throughout Austria and Japan, and solo appearances at the Lille (France) Trombone Festival and International Trombone Festival (Indiana, USA).
Mr. Steiner has soloed with numerous ensembles around the world including the Orquestra Sinfõnica Brasileira in Rio de Janeiro and he has had the privilege of performing the world premiers of Eric Ewazen’s Visions of Light (Chamber Orchestra Version) and Gilles Rocha’s Fly or Die with Brass Band accompaniment. He has been featured in solo recitals during the 2016 and 2017 International Trombone Festival and the 2018 Wartburg Festival (Eisenach, Germany). He can be heard on his debut album, UNITED, which was released in January 2017 under the HELLOSTAGE Label, in collaboration with Hsiao Ling Lin (piano) and Silver Ainomäe (cello). His second album, Sapphire will be released in 2019 in collaboration with Constanze Hochwartner (piano).
Mr. Steiner began his studies at the Music Conservatory in his hometown of Bolzano, Italy before continuing his study at The Mozarteum of Salzburg (Austria). In 2016 he graduated from The Juilliard School in New York City with a Performance Diploma. His major teachers and influences include Joseph Alessi, Warren Deck, Nitzan Haroz, and Dany Bonvin.
Mr. Steiner is a Performing Artist for the Thein Instrument Company and performs on his signature model “Bel Canto”.
Also a featured on this year’s program are a number of artists from Central and South America. Pedro Carrero, solo trombone of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Simón Bolívar in Caracas Venezuela, studied in the world-famous El Sistema, Venezuela’s national orchestral program for youth, and is now the professor of the National School for Trombone within that organization. In addition his work as an educator, soloist, and orchestral trombonist, he is active as a chamber musician, and performs with the Simón Bolívar Brass Quintet, the Brass Ensemble of Venezuela, and at the Caracas Brass Ensemble. A Shagerl Performing Artist, Pedro will perform a solo recital on this year’s program.
Currently bass trombonist with the National Orchestra of Columbia and the Orchestra of the Americas, Sebastian Cifuentes has performed with ensembles around the world from Brazil and Chile, to Germany and Austria. He is also active as a performer in the jazz and commercial scene in Colombia. He was an award-winner at the International Competition of Trombone in Budapest, Hungary, and is a graduate of Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá.
Plus, don’t forget that we’ll have a full program of Presenters, University Faculty Showcase Recitals, and Student Ensembles! The ITF is truly a world stage. Where else can you find so many trombonists, from so many different backgrounds, performing in so many styles? Nowhere! Don’t miss it!
See you in Muncie!