Overseas Artists

World Trombone Quartet

  • Trombone Quartet
  • Multinational
  • 2021.10


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Joseph Alessi (Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic, Professor at the Juilliard School)

Jörgen van Rijen (Principal trombonist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Professor at the Amsterdam Conservatory)

Michel Becquet (Professor at the Conservatoire de Lyon)

Stefan Schulz (Bass trombonist of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Professor at the Berlin University of the Arts)




Joseph Alessi (Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic, Professor at the Juilliard School)

Joseph Alessi was appointed Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic in the spring of 1985. He began musical studies in his native California with his father, Joseph Alessi, Sr. As a high school student in San Rafael, California, he was a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony before continuing his musical training at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
Prior to joining the Philharmonic, Mr. Alessi was second trombone of The Philadelphia Orchestra for four seasons, and principal trombone of The Orchestre symphonique de Montreal for one season. In addition, he has performed as guest principal trombonist with the London Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall led by Pierre Boulez.


Read More Mr. Alessi is an active soloist, recitalist, and chamber music performer. In April 1990 he made his solo debut with the New York Philharmonic, performing the CrestonFantasy for Trombone, and in 1992 premiered the Christopher Rouse Pulitzer Prize-winning Trombone Concerto with the Philharmonic, which commissioned the work for its 150th anniversary celebration. His most recent appearance with the Philharmonic as soloist was in world premiere performances of the William Bolcom Trombone Concerto in the summer of 2016.
Joseph Alessi has recorded and performed extensively with four prominent trombone quartets; The New York Trombone Quartet resulting in the only recording of the Bartok 4th String Quartet. Four of a Kind Trombone Quartet, the World Trombone Quartet, and Slide Monsters Trombone Quartet.
Other solo engagements have included the New Japan Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, Orchestra of Teatro Bellini, Mannheim National Theater Orchestra, The Hague Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, and the Colorado, Alabama, Santa Barbara, Syracuse, and Puerto Rico symphony orchestras. Mr. Alessi has also participated in numerous festivals, including the Festivale Musica di Camera in Protogruaro, Italy; Cabrillo Music Festival; Swiss Brass Week; and Lieksa Brass Week in Finland. He was featured in the 1997 International Trombone Festival in Feldkirch, Austria, and the International Meeting of Brass Instruments in Lille, France. In 2002 Mr. Alessi was awarded an International Trombone Association Award for his contributions to the world of trombone music and trombone playing, and in 2014, was elected President of that association.
Mr. Alessi is currently on the faculty of The Juilliard School; his students now occupy posts with many major symphony orchestras in the U.S. and internationally. As a clinician for the Edwards Instrument Co., he has also given master classes throughout the world and has toured Europe extensively as a master teacher and recitalist. He has performed as soloist with several leading concert bands, including the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point, U.S. Army Band (Pershing’s Own), and the U.S. Marine Band (President’s Own). In addition, he has performed with the Maria Schneider Orchestra, the Village Vanguard Orchestra, and has recorded with jazz greats, J.J. Johnson and Steve Turre.
His discography includes many releases on the Summit record label, including the recent Trombonastics, and a disc with New York Philharmonic Principal Trumpet Philip Smith entitled Fandango; he also recorded New York Legends on the Cala label. His live recording of the Rouse Concerto with the New York Philharmonic can be heard on Volume II of the recent release, An American Celebration, on New York Philharmonic Special Editions recording label. In addition, conductor/composer Bramwell Tovey recently recorded a piece composed especially for Mr. Alessi, entitled Urban Cabaret with Mr. Alessi as soloist.
Mr. Alessi was invited by the International Trombone Association to record a solo disc of newly composed works, which was distributed to the Association


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Jörgen van Rijen (Principal trombonist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,Professor at the Amsterdam Conservatory)

Principal trombonist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Jörgen van Rijen is also much in demand as a soloist with a special commitment to promoting his instrument, developing new repertoire for the trombone and bringing the existing repertoire to a broader audience. He is a specialist on both the modern and baroque trombone. He has performed as a soloist in most European countries, as well as the United States, Canada, Japan, China, Korea, Russia, Singapore and Australia and performed concertos with orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Taiwan Philharmonic and Nagoya Philharmonic. In coming seasons Jorgen will appear as a soloist with orchestras such as the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Antwerp, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Suisse Romande and the Orchestra of the Staatstheater Cottbus. 


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Jörgen was awarded the Netherlands Music Prize in 2004, the highest distinction in the field of music, by the Dutch Ministry of Culture. In 2006 he received the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, which is presented yearly to a selection of the most promising and talented young international soloists and ensembles. He has won other major prizes, including first prizes at the international trombone competitions of Toulon and Guebwiller.

In a review of his first CD, the music magazine ‘Luister’ wrote: ‘Van Rijen is a real ambassador of his instrument, which is still not often used as a virtuoso brass instrument among composers. But there are not that many trombonists who reach the brilliant level of Van Rijen. In sound, dynamic, colour, musical understanding and expressiveness, Van Rijen is unequalled…’.

Many new pieces have been written for Jörgen, including a trombone concerto by Theo Verbey, and works by Jacob TV and Florian Magnus Maier. In the spring of  2012 Jörgen has premiered a trombone concerto by Kalevi Aho that was written for him as a commission from the Borletti-Buitoni Trust, with concerts with the The Hague Philharmonic, the Oulu Sinfonia in Finland and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. About that last concert The Times wrote: “… van Rijen and Aho turned the trombone into a fount of melodic grace and gambolling, cradled over four generous movements by an equally refined orchestra…” In April 2017 he performed the world premiere of a trombone concerto by James MacMillan composed for him with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Ivan Fischer. It will be followed by concerts with orchestras in the USA, Finland, Belgium, Switzerland and Germany. 

Jörgen teaches at the Amsterdam Conservatory and has been appointed International Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He is also an active chamber musician in ensembles such as the New Trombone Collective , RCO Brass and Brass United.

He plays exclusively on instruments built by Antoine Courtois and has released 5 CDs on the label Channel Classics.


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Michel Becquet (Professor at the Conservatoire de Lyon)

Michel Becquet (born in 1954) is a French trombonist and professor at the Conservatoire de Lyon.

From a young age he played piano and horn, taught by his father, a professional horn player, until he turned to the trombone, aged 10. After several years of studies at the Conservatoire de Limoges, aged 15 he entered the Conservatoire de Paris where he quickly obtained his diploma.

He went on to win all the international contests open to his instrument (Geneva, Munich, Prague and Toulon). At 18, he became solo trombone of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under the direction of Wolfgang Sawallisch, before some years later joining the orchestra of Opéra National de Paris.

In 1989 he left the Paris Opera for the Hochschule für Musik (Cologne) where he spent time teaching and composing.

In 1990 Gilbert Amy invited him to become Head of Brass at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique where he directed the 18-strong ensemble Cuivres Français.

Since then he has joined the Conservatoire de Lyon where he is Professor of Trombone and Head of Brass.


Stefan Schulz (Bass trombonist of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Professor at the Berlin University of the Arts)

Stefan Schulz initially played horn and later changed to trombone. He studied in Berlin and Chicago. Before he became a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker, he was bass trombonist with the Staatskapelle Berlin from 1993 to 2002. From 1996 to 2002, he also played in the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra.

His commitment to education has accompanied his musical career from the beginning: first as a mentor with the Orchestra Academy of the Staatskapelle Berlin, and as a lecturer at the University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover. From 2000 to 2004, he taught as a visiting professor at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin. Since the summer semester of 2004, Stefan Schulz has been a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts.

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Stefan Schulz has performed as a soloist with renowned orchestras including the Rundfunk- Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Hamburg Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony etc.

He is a dedicated chamber musician and is a permanent member of the Brass Ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker and regular guest with the ensemble German Brass. Together with the trombonists Joseph Alessi, Michel Bequet and Jorgen van Rijen, he founded the World Trombone Quartet. A special artistic friendship links him with the composer and saxophonist Daniel Schnyder, some of whose works he has premiered and recorded on CD. Together with pianist Marcin Grochowina, he plays in the Daniel Schnyder Trio. Other composers whose works the trombonist has premiered and recorded on CD in recent years include Jean Michel Defaye, Niels Marthinsen and Poul Ruders.

He plays exclusively on instruments built by Antoine Courtois and has released 2 CDs on the swedish label BIS.

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