WHO ARE SOUND OF BRASS?

"Joy with the music that can be produced with brass instruments" — in essence this is our motivation, why we regularly meet for rehearsals and at one occasion or another   in the context of concerts or on special occasions – perform classical and modern brass music. "We", well these are committed brass players from the region around Wetter (Ruhr), Herdecke and Hagen.

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MATTHIAS HÖFS MEETS CHRISTIAN SCHMITT

One of the world‘s most renowned solo trumpeters meets one of the most virtuoso concert organists

Well, this is not a concert of Sound of Brass. However, we feel obliged to you at this point – and in coordination with the organizer – to draw your attention to this unique musical event. Matthias Höfs, one of the world's most renowned solo trumpet players and winner of the Echo Klassik, and Christian Schmitt, one of the most virtuoso and charismatic concert organists of his generation, invite you to a Christmas trumpet and organ concert on Friday, December 21, 2018 in the Ruhr Valley Cathedral in Wetter. Experience perfectly performed music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Tomaso Albinoni, Marcel Dupre, John Baston or Guiseppe Tartini.

Matthias Höfs - Trumpet

When he was six years old, Matthias Höfs declared the trumpet "his instrument, because it shines so nicely". He received his musical education from Professor Peter Kallensee at the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre, and from Professor Konradin Groth at the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

When just 18 years of age, he was engaged as Solo-Trumpeter at the Philharmonic State Orchestra in Hamburg, where he enjoyed the fascinating world of opera for 16 years.

At the same time, Höfs became a member of the GERMAN BRASS Ensemble, with whom he continues to achieve worldwide success. Since their first joint concert in 1985, he writes for himself and his colleagues tailored arrangements which span more then one genre and continue to inspire the world of Brass.

Matthias Höfs has always shown a pioneering spirit, and thus has consistently widened the horizon of his instrument, either by close cooperation with other composers, who feel themselves inspired by his incomparable virtuosity and joy of experimentation, or as "trumpet ambassador" in his home state of Schleswig-Holstein in northern Germany, or in cooperation with the instrument makers Max and Heinrich Thein.

Since the year 2000, Matthias Höfs has been teaching as Professor at the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre, were he inspires his students with great enthusiasm, knowing how to pass on his passion for his instrument.

In addition to his extensive concert performances as solo-trumpeter and chamber musician, Höfs has produced numerous Solo CDs, and jointly with GERMAN BRASS, more than 20 recordings. In October 2016 GERMAN BRASS was awarded with the ECHO Klassik – one of the most outstanding awards for national and international musicians.

Christian Schmitt - Organ

Following invitations from the Berlin Philharmonic Foundation, Lucerne Festival, Salzburg Festival, and Cologne’s Philharmonic Hall, ECHO winner Christian Schmitt (b. 1976) has gone on to become one of the most sought-after concert organists of his generation.

He studied church music (»A-Examen«) and concert performance (with distinction) in Saarbrücken and organ with James David Christie (Boston) and Daniel Roth (Paris). He received scholarships from the "Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes" and the "Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben" and won more than ten national and international organ and music competitions held in Atlanta, Bruges, Calgary, Philadelphia, Tokyo, and elsewhere as well as the German Music Competition in 2001. In 2003 he was awarded the "Pro Europa" soloist’s prize of the European Cultural Foundation.

Christian Schmitt concertizes around the globe – with European performances at venues such as the KKL in Lucerne, Tonhalle in Zurich, Philharmonic Hall and Konzerthaus in Berlin, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, and Konzerthaus in Vienna. He performs with orchestras such as the Bamberg Symphony – Bavarian State Philharmonic and the Beethoven Hall Orchestra of Bonn and with leading radio orchestras (BR, NDR, MDR, SR, and RSB). The artists with whom he has performed include Juiane Banse, Sibylla Rubens, Martin Grubinger, Michael Gielen, Wen-Sinn Yang, Reinhard Goebel, Roy Goodman, Christoph Poppen, Sir Roger Norrington, and Marek Janowksi.

While holding an interim professorship at the Stuttgart College of Music, Schmitt taught Prof. Jürgen Essl’s organ class during the summer academic term in 2011. Furthermore, he is an instructor at the Bach International Academy in Stuttgart and teaches at the Saar College of Music. He regularly serves as a visiting instructor at music schools in Boston, Cremona, Oslo, Mexico, Moscow, Seoul, Tashkent, and (repeatedly) Bogotá. He is a member of the juries of the "Jugend musiziert" national youth competition, the "Soli Deo Gloria" competition in Moscow, and the German Music Competition.

Schmitt’s discography comprises more than thirty-five CD recordings featuring solo performances and live recordings for all the member radio stations of the German ARD network. With his recordings of modern, scientific complete editions of the works of G. F. Handel (ed. T. Koopman) and F. X. Brixi (Butz-Verlag) he encourages the development of organ playing combining the findings of musicological research and musical practice. He recorded a number of works by Charles-Marie Widor for organ and orchestra with the Bamberg Symphony– Bavarian State Philharmonic. Schmitts recording of the Widor organ symphonies opp. 42.3 and 69 received the ECHO Klassik 2013. He is working on complete recordings of Koechlin, Widor, Gubaidulina, and Pachelbel (ed. M. Belotti) for the cpo label. He performed several works by Liszt and the members of his circle with the soprano Juliane Banse and the cellist Wen-Sinn Yang for a music film presented on ARTE in 2011 on the occasion of the two hundredth anniversary of the composer’s birth.

Since 2011 Christian Schmitt has worked with the Berlin Philharmonic Foundation, serving as its organ consultant.

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Author: Matthias Höfs, Christian Schmitt
Title: Concerto G-Dur, I. Allegro from Antonio Vivaldi

Ticket sales and prices

The tickets can be purchased immediately online at

To do this, after clicking on the link above, either log in with your existing eventim user data or register as a new user at eventim. Special conditions are offered "Early Birds" (purchase of tickets until May 31, 2018), pupils and students.

  • Price for "Early Birds" (ticket purchase until May 31, 2018): 20 € plus fees
  • Normal price (purchase of tickets from 1 June 2018): 25 € plus fees
  • Price for pupils and students: 18 € plus fees

In addition, tickets can be purchased in the church office of Ev.-luth. Kirchengemeinde Wetter (Ruhr) (Bismarckstraße 38, 58300 Wetter (Ruhr)) during the opening hours under the following conditions:

  • Normal price (ticket purchase from 1 June 2018): 27 € incl. fees
  • Price for pupils and students: 19 € incl. fees

The concert starts at 6 p.m., admission is from 5 p.m. There are no fixed seats. Click on the animated calendar icon in the header or footer of this news to add the event to your calendar with one click.

Further information – also to the venue – you can get on the pages of the organizer.

   

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