Atlantic Brass Quintet Masterclass
February 11, 2011
The Atlantic Brass Quintet features Louis Hanzli and Andrew Sorg, trumpet, Seth Orgel, horn, Tim Albright, trombone, and John Manning, tuba. The Quartet has performed across the United States, in more than a dozen countries, and on four continents, performing a unique repertory spanning Praetorius, Monteverdi, Bach, Etler, Stravinsky, Rands, as well as brass music from the streets of Brazil, Cuba, the Balkans, and New Orleans. The winner of six international chamber music competitions, the Quintet's distinctive sound, impeccable ensemble, stunning virtuosity, and warm, inviting stage presence have won praise from scores of critics.
Founded in 1985, the Atlantic Brass Quintet launched its career with a string of competition victories over a period of two years. Grand prizes include the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, Carmel Chamber Music Society Competition, the Shoreline Alliance Chamber Music Competition, the Summit Brass First International Brass Ensemble Competition, and the Rafael Mendez International Brass Quintet Competition. Following these remarkable achievements, the Quintet was honored by Musical America by being named "Young Artists of 1988". In 1992, by unanimous decision, the Quintet won the "Premiere Prix" at the International Brass Competition in Narbonne, France, recognized worldwide as the preeminent competition of its kind.
Highlights in the Quintet's concert career include performances at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Fleet Boston Celebrity Series, the White House, and Tanglewood on Parade. In 1991, as part of Boston's Fourth of July Celebration, the Quintet entertained an audience of over 350,000 concergoers on Boston's Esplanade.
Based in Boston, the Atlantic Brass Quintet has been the resident brass quintet of Boston University, Boston University's Tanglewood Institute, and at Boston Conservatory. The Atlantic Brass Quintet International Summer Seminar, established in 1993, has already secured the ensemble's legacy to the next generation of brass musicians.
The Quintet have been featured on recordings released on the Summit Records, Mark Classics, Musical Heritage Society, Solstice, and Crystal record labels.