AMERICAN BRASS QUINTET

Photo by Matt Dine

Sunday, April 11, 2021, 3pm



“…none is more venerable than the American Brass Quintet”

New York Times

“…the high priests of brass”

Newsweek

“…of all the brass quintets, the most distinguished.”

American Record Guide

The American Brass Quintet is internationally recognized as one of the premier chamber music ensembles of our time, celebrated for peerless leadership in the brass world. As 2013 recipient of Chamber Music America’s highest honor, the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award for significant and lasting contributions to the field, ABQ’s rich history includes performances in Asia, Australia, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East and all fifty of the United States; a discography of nearly sixty recordings; and the premieres of over one hundred fifty contemporary brass works.

ABQ commissions by Robert Beaser, William Bolcom, Elliott Carter, Eric Ewazen, Anthony Plog, Huang Ruo, David Sampson, Gunther Schuller, William Schuman, Joan Tower, and Charles Whittenberg, among many others, are considered significant contributions to contemporary chamber music and the foundation of the modern brass quintet repertoire. The ABQ’s Emerging Composer Commissioning program has brought forth brass quintets by Gordon Beeferman, Jay Greenberg, Trevor Gureckis, and Shafer Mahoney. Among the quintet’s recordings are eleven CDs for Summit Records since 1992 including the ABQ’s 50th release State of the Art—The ABQ at 50 featuring recent works written for them.

Committed to the promotion of brass chamber music through education, the American Brass Quintet has been in residence at The Juilliard School since 1987 and the Aspen Music Festival since 1970. Since 2000 the ABQ has offered its expertise in chamber music performance and training with a program of mini-residencies as part of its regular touring. Designed to offer young groups and individuals an intense chamber music experience over several days, ABQ mini-residencies have been embraced by schools and communities throughout the United States and a dozen foreign countries.

The New York Times recently wrote that “among North American brass ensembles none is more venerable than the American Brass Quintet,” while Newsweek has hailed the ensemble as “the high priests of brass” and American Record Guide has called the ABQ “of all the brass quintets, the most distinguished.” Through its acclaimed performances, diverse programming, commissioning, extensive discography and educational mission, the American Brass Quintet has created a legacy unparalleled in the brass field.

Trumpet: Kevin Cobb

Trumpet: Louis Hanzlik

Horn: Eric Reed

Trombone: Michael Powell

Bass Trombone: John D. Rojak

Milestones

1960 First performance at Kaufmann Concert Hall

1962 Debut recital at Carnegie Recital Hall

1970 Aspen Music Festival and School residency begins

1974 Elliott Carter commission

1987 Appointed Ensemble-in-Residence at The Juilliard School

1992 “New American Brass” released; first recording on Summit Records

2006 Juilliard centennial: commissions Joan Tower to write for ABQ

2010 ABQ 50th anniversary – releases 2CD set of 11 new works for brass

2013 Awarded Chamber Music America’s Highest Honor, the Richard J. Bogomolny Award