BIOGRAPHY

In 1989 five Spanish musicians created Spanish Brass—an innovative project that quickly gained world renown for its performances, educational activities and creative collaborations. After they won the First Prize in the 1996 Narbonne (France) International Brass Quintet Competition, the most prestigious event of its kind in the world, trumpeter Bernard Soustrot said, “Of all the First Prize winners of the Narbonne Competition, the Spanish Brass is the best since the competition was founded in 1986.”

In 2017 they received First Prize in the Bankia Awards for Musical Talent of the Comunitat de Valencia and in 2019 Spanish Brass received the Espai Ter de Música Award and two Carles Santos Awards.

Spanish Brass has given hundreds of concerts across the globe, in such prestigious events and venues as the Great American Brass Band Festival, New York Brass Conference, Juilliard School of Music, Ithaca College, Festival de Musique de Radio-France, Granada International Festival, Lucerne Festival, Cheju Summer Festival (Korea), Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (Germany), National Auditorium (Madrid), Palau de la Música (Barcelona), Kalavrita Festival (Greece), International Horn Society, Merano Brass Festival and Trento Philharmonic (Italy), Barcelona Auditorium, Festival de Inverno de Brasília, and countless others.

With their versatile programming and state-of-the-art staging, SPANISH BRASS has created such shows as XXX and 25 years! (brass quintet), Metàl•lics and Brass Brass Brass (educational concerts), Brassiana (with jazz trio), Make a Brazz Noise Here (a tribute to Frank Zappa), Les Aventures de Monsieur Jules (with pianist Albert Guinovart),  Metalls d’Estil (with singer Pep “Botifarra”), Puro de Oliva (with flamenco-jazz pianist Chano Domínguez) and Mira si hem corregut terres… (with singer Carles Dénia).

Spanish Brass have published twenty-six recordings, among them two DVD-CDs and a double CD collection, which shows their multiple aspects: Luur-Metalls Spanish Brass Quintet (1996), No Comment (1998), La escalera de Jacob (2000), SPANISH BRASS Luur Metalls & Friends (2001), Delicatessen (2002), Caminos de España (2003), Absolute with Christian Lindberg and Ole E. Antonsen (2004), Gaudí’um (2005), Metàl·lics (2006), Retaule de Nadal with l’Orfeó Valencià Navarro Reverter (2006), SBALZ Brass Ensemble (2007), Brass and Wines with Steven Mead (2008), Brassiana with Lluís Vidal Trio (2008), The Best of Spanish Brass (2009), SBLM (2009), Tell me a Brass Story with the Banda Municipal de Música de Bilbao (2012), viBRASSions (2012), Metalls d’estil with Pep Botifarra (2013), 25 (2014), SuBLiMe Christmas (2014), Brass Brass Brass (2016), de Vents i Terra with the Banda Municipal de Barcelona (2017), Puro de Oliva with Chano Domínguez and Bandolero (2018), XXX (2018), Mira si hem corregut terres… with Carles Dénia (2019) and Les Aventures de Monsieur Jules with Albert Guinovart (2019).

Spanish Brass has been in the forefront of international music education, giving courses and master-classes with the Spanish National Youth Orchestra, the Youth Orchestras of Catalonia, Valencia, Andalucía and Madrid, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Trumpet Lounge (Japan), the Showa School for Performing Arts (Japan), Lieksa Brass Week (Finland), the Eastman School of Music, University of Georgia, Venezuelan Youth Orchestra, Dartington International Summer School (England), International Winter Music Festival of Brasilia (Brazil), Ibero-American Cultural Festival (Puerto Rico), etc.

Spanish Brass also runs two major brass festivals in Spain, the SBALZ Festival in Alzira (www.sbalz.com) and the Spanish BrasSurround (www.brassurround.com).

A sampling of their international accolades includes: “They are one of the world´s finest brass quintets ranking up there with Empire Brass, Canadian Brass and American Brass” (Greg Alley); “One of the most exciting and artistic brass quintets to come on the scene in recent years… a gloriously brilliant performance” (International Trumpet Guild Journal); “They play with amazing cohesion, and set the highest standard for brass chamber music” (Maurice André, trumpeter); and “I cannot think of a better brass quintet in the whole world” (Christian Lindberg, trombonist).

Spanish Brass plays Courtois trombone and Melton tuba; and they uses the new BlackBinder application. Spanish Brass uses Bags instrument cases.

Spanish Brass is sponsored also by the Institut Valencià de Cultura and by the Ministerio de Cultura-INAEM.

MEMBERS

Spanish Brass
Quintet
 
Carlos Benetó
Trumpet
Juanjo Serna
Trumpet
Manolo Pérez
Horn
Indalecio Bonet
Trombone
Sergio Finca
Tuba

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