Unlike any other brass quintet performing today, the Center City Brass Quintet utilizes a unique formula of combining top American soloists and orchestral players into an ensemble which convenes regularly for chamber music making of the highest caliber. Its all-star roster includes members of the Cleveland Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony and Buffalo Philharmonic and players who have performed as soloists with noted ensembles such as the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Pops, Aukland Philharmonic and The U.S. Army Band (Pershing’s Own). In addition, each member of the quintet is a devoted teacher with ties to major collegiate music programs.
Called “one of the strongest of today’s brass quintets”, and “a virtuoso outfit which plays like no other” by American Record Guide, the Center City Brass Quintet is known world-wide by its highly acclaimed recordings on the Chandos label. Working around the many commitments of each of its members, the Quintet presents a limited number of recitals throughout the U.S. each year. Past seasons have brought the quintet to cities across the United States including Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Cleveland, Baltimore, Boise and Eugene. As part of its regular activities,the Quintet also presents master classes and workshops at university programs around the country, helping to inspire a new generation of aspiring brass students.
In 2006 the Center City Brass Quintet performed as soloist with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo in the world-premiere of Chimera, a concerto for brass quintet and orchestra composed by CCBQ trumpeter Anthony DiLorenzo. This followed numerous prior trips to Japan, where – since 2001 – the quintet has joined an international performance faculty in residence at the Music Masters Course in Kazusa, a seminar for conservatory students from around the globe.
The quintet takes its name from the famous downtown district of Philadelphia, in which it was founded in 1985 at the Curtis Institute of Music. Winners at the Coleman and Carmel chamber music competitions, the group has been featured on numerous live radio and television broadcasts across the U.S., including NPR’s Performance Today, and in Japan on Tokyo FM.
Anthony DiLorenzo, trumpet, has appeared as soloist with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and New York Philharmonic, and has held positions with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New World Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, and Utah Symphony. He has also performed with the San Francisco, Seattle, Buffalo and Cincinnati symphony orchestras. Along with CCBQ trumpeter Geoffrey Hardcastle, Anthony is also a member of Proteus 7, a mixed chamber ensemble. A native of Stoughton, Massachusetts, he began trumpet studies with Peter Chapman and Roger Voisin, later receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music. While a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, he worked with Leonard Bernstein who nominated him for an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Anthony is also an Emmy Award-winning composer whose works have been performed by the San Francisco Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Utah Symphony, and New World Symphony, and can be heard regularly on numerous American television networks, as well as in the full-length score to the movie Benji: Off the Leash. The CCBQ takes full advantage of Anthony’s composition talent, and regularly enlists him to write new music for the quintet. His original work Firedance, which the CCBQ premiered and recorded on itsStreet Song album, has become a favorite among student and professional brass quintets around the world. In addition his work for the CCBQ, Tony’s music has been performed and recorded by Burning River Brass, the New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet, and many of today’s foremost brass soloists.
Many of Anthony DiLorenzo’s original compositions for the Center City Brass Quintet have been published by Art of Sound Music, and are available for purchase.
Geoffrey Hardcastleis Second Trumpet of the Buffalo Philharmonic. He studied with the legendary teacher James Stamp, and received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Bernard Adelstein, David Zauder, and James Darling. Geoffrey performed for several seasons as an acting member of the Cleveland Orchestra, and he has also performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He was a founding member of the Burning River Brass Ensemble, and is currently a member of Proteus 7, both of which he has recorded with on the Dorian label. He is on the faculty at Canisius College.
Richard King began serving as principal horn of The Cleveland Orchestra in 1997, having joined the ensemble in 1988 as Associate Principal at the age of twenty. Mr. King has been featured numerous times as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra and has also appeared as soloist with the Tokyo Symphony and New Zealand’s Auckland Philharmonia. A native of Long Island, New York, Richard began playing the horn at the age of nine and spent six years as a student of Arthur Green. He then attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where his primary horn teacher was former Cleveland Orchestra principal Myron Bloom. While at Curtis, he spent summers at the Tanglewood, Spoleto, and Schleswig-Holstein music festivals. An active chamber musician and recitalist, he has performed as a member of the Center City Brass Quintet since 1985; their five recordings on the Chandos label have been met with wide critical acclaim. His albums of Chamber Music for Horn and Schubert Lieder transcribed for horn and piano has been released by Albany Records. Mr. King is on the faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Kent/Blossom Music Professional training program. He plays a Conn 8D french horn and is a clinician for the Conn-Selmer musical instrument company. Richard lives in Cleveland Heights with his wife Julie, a cellist, and their children, Charlie and Amelia.
Richard is a Conn-Selmer Artist and performs on the Conn 8-D horn exclusively.
Ko-Ichiro Yamamoto, one of the foremost Japanese trombonists of his generation, is the principal trombonist of the Seattle Symphony and a faculty member of the University of Washington School of Music. He formerly was a trombonist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York for 10 seasons. Active as a soloist, recitalist, chamber music performer and clinician, Ko-ichiro has performed with many groups, including the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Chamber Orchestra, and as guest solo principal trombonist of the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo. Ko-ichiro has been a guest soloist with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Osaka Municipal Symphonic Band (OMSB), New Philharmonic Japan and The U.S. Army Band (Pershing’s Own). He was a soloist with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in world-premiere performances of Sam Jones’s Trombone Concerto in April of 2009. Born in Tokyo, he began studying trombone at age 12 with his father, Tatsuo Yamamoto, and Mr.Yoshiki Hakoyama. He studied with Joseph Alessi, principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic, at The Juilliard School from 1994-96. His solo discography includes “Proof “and “Family Tree” (Kosei Publishing) and “Trombone Concerto” (Octavia Recordings).
His official website is: www.koichiroyamamoto.com
Craig Knox is Principal Tuba of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Artist-Lecturer in Tuba at Carnegie Mellon University, and Adjunct Professor of Tuba at Duquesne University. He previously served as Acting Principal Tuba of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and held the Principal Tuba chair of the Sacramento Symphony and the New World Symphony orchestras. Prior to his appointment in Pittsburgh, he was in frequent demand as a guest performer with numerous major orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Craig performs with the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass and has played and toured with the Chicago Chamber Musicians Brass Quintet and Empire Brass. As soloist, he has appeared with The U.S. Army Band (Pershing’s Own) and with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, in the world-premiere of Andre Previn’s Triple Concerto for Horn, Trumpet and Tuba. Craig’s solo album A Road Less Traveled is available on the Long Tone Music label, and he can be heard with his colleagues of the low-brass section of the Pittsburgh Symphony on the recording From the Back Row, on the Albany label. He performs each summer with the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson, Wyoming.
Visit Craig at www.CraigKnoxTuba.com.
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