Tuesday, October 18, 2011
The Spanish Brass is one of world's foremost brass quintets. Since winning First Prize in the 6th "Ville de Narbonne" (France) International Competition for Brass Quintets in 1996, considered the world's most prestigious event of its type, they have earned recognition as one of the most dynamic and established brass ensembles on the international scene. Their many US tours have made them a favorite of American audiences.
The ensemble is also known as "Spanish Brass Luur Metalls." The "Luur" was a Bronze Age Scandinavian instrument, the ancestor of modern brass instruments. "Metalls" means "brass" in the Valencian language of their home region of Spain.
The Spanish Brass Quintet performances include Festival USA, Alicante International Contemporary Music Festival (Spain), Cheju Summer Festival (Korea), Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and Wartburg Festival in Eisenach (Germany), Kalavrita Festival (Greece), Merano Brass Festival and Trento Philharmonic (Italy 2004), Festival de Inverno de Brasilia (Brasil), amongst others.
“Energetic, precise … keeping the tension just right and never losing that tightness and drive.” — International Trumpet Guild Journal
“Spanish Brass worked their magic from the opening chords.” — The Brass Gazette