Brass & Woodwind Instrument Players
Born in Rustington, England(UK) on 4th January 1971, Nigel Hitchcock first began to play the recorder at age 6, so as to complete the recorder quartet comprising of his elder brother and two sisters.
Tomer Maschkowski was born in 1982, into an Israeli family living in Rotterdam, Holland. He began playing the trombone at the age of 13 under the tutelage of his grandfather, a former trombonist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Tomer enrolled as a student at the Rotterdam Codarts University and was later accepted into the Staatskapelle Berlin Akademie and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, where he had the chance to work under the guidance of maestro Daniel Barenboim.
Internationally renowned trumpet soloist Jens Lindemann has achieved a critically acclaimed career as one of the world’s great virtuosos.
Joakim Bergsrønning is a young Norwegian saxophonist and clarinet player with a wealth of musical experience, particularly in popular music. Although still very young, Joakim has made his mark both as a soloist and as a member of a number of high profile big bands, horn sections and theatre orchestras. Working throughout Norway, Joakim also has experience working as a teacher, lecturer, composer and arranger.
Saxophonist Simon Bates is known and respected for his stylistic versatility and instrumental prowess.
Arfon Owen is a multi-instrumental musician who has been at the forefront of the brass band movement from the age of 18 and has played in many of the World’s finest brass ensembles. His hugely successful career has meant that he has performed in many of the World´s most iconic venues and festivals to capacity audiences. Away from the concert platform, Arfon has recorded many studio albums and performed on a number of television and radio broadcasts internationally. Known for his unrivalled versatility as a musician, he is also highly proficient on the cornet, trumpet, flugel horn and French horn, and works regularly as a professional pianist and organist. Currently residing in Stavanger, Norway, Arfon is a member of the Stavanger Brass Band, working as a session musician, conductor and educator.
Philippe Schartz is one of the most exciting trumpeters of today. He has developed a highly successful career as an orchestral and chamber musician as well as a soloist.
A very thorough trombone player and professor, very active for the past 20 years in taking part in brass ensembles (Melos Brass, Athens State Orchestra brass ensemble etc.)
Ross is a tuba player from Carnoustie, Scotland. Ross began playing when he was just nine years old and went on to graduate from the Royal Academy of Music with a first class honours degree in July 2014. In May 2014 he was placed second out of twenty-eight brass and percussion players from all over Europe in the European Brass and Percussion Solo Championships. He also won the best tuba award in the competition. He is the only tuba player to have made it to the final three in the history of the competition. Ross also won the best soloist award playing the second movement of Andy Scott’s ‘Salt of the Earth’ in the European Youth Brass Band Championships on 4th May 2014. In November 2011 Ross won the BBC Radio 2 Under 21 Young Brass Player. He then competed against the Under 18 category winner and the Youth Band category winner and won the title of the overall BBC Young Brass Player in January 2012. From this he has gone on to play as the guest soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra on the 2nd October 2012 playing the 2nd movement of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Tuba Concerto and the first movement of Edward Gregson’s Tuba Concerto. This performance was broadcast on BBC Radio 2’s programme ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ on the 9th November 2012. He also performed as the guest soloist with Grimethorpe Colliery Band playing Rodney Newton’s ‘Capriccio’ at the gala concert of the British Open Brass Band Championships in September 2012 to a packed Symphony Hall, Birmingham. In addition to his solo work, Ross is the principal tuba player of the European Union Youth Orchestra and has been a member since 2012. He has toured all over Europe with the orchestra, including countries such as Malta, Macedonia, Germany, Italy, Greece and Spain as well as a tour to Abu Dhabi as part of the orchestra’s first trip to the United Arab Emirates.