St Petersburg, Concert Hall

Jaren Hornmusikforening Ensemble (Norway)
Gábor Boldotski (trumpet)


II International Festival Brass Evenings at the Mariinsky

Programme: Haydn, Arban

Jaren Hornmusikforening Ensemble (Norway)

Jaren Hornmusikkforening was founded in 1936. The development of the band, musically took off in 1980 when the band participated in the Norwegian Brass Band Championship for the very first time. Since then, the band has had only one direction, and by working systematically the results have been good. The band today consists of 30 musicians. They are all amateurs, but some of the musicians in the band study or have studied music. You will find them in lead positions in the band. Every Tuesday, and about one weekend every month, the musicians meet for band rehearsals. In a year the band perform about ten concerts, and they participate in the the elite section of the Norwegian Brass Band Championship, set in Bergen.
The band also annually participate at the Siddis Brass Band Competition in Stavanger, as well as local contests such as the Oppland and Hedmark Band Championship (counties) as well as other local contests. From being a middle band, Jaren has climbed up to be among the best in the country.

Over the last years, the band has also traveled outside Norway on Concert Tours. We can mention Great Britain, Hungary, Iceland and the Czech Republic among others. The band also went on an extended concert tour of Russia, Easter 1998, visiting the cities of Moscow, Saratov, Togliatti, and Ulianovsk.

The official kingdom of Norway is a constitutional monarcy in northern Europe. Oslo is Norway's capital and largest city. Norway borders to Sweden, Finland and Russia. Jaren Hornmusikkforening is from Jaren, which is the administrative centre of Gran municipality. Jaren has about 3000 inhabitants, Gran about 13.000 altogether. It is located about 80 kilometres from Oslo.

Jaren is a band with just brass instruments and percussion. Especially in Great Britain, there are strong traditions for brass bands, while in the continent of Europe it is more popular with wind bands. This may explain why we find the most of the Norwegian brass bands in the Western part of the country. In Norway there are brass bands for musicians of all ages. Annually the Norwegian Brass Band Championship is held in Bergen. There are five sectons: elite, and 1st to 4th section. Jaren Brass Band has participated in the Championship since 1980, and has the last 10 years participated in the elite section. The Norwegian wind-and brass bands are numeorous. They count almost 70.000 musicians organised in 1700 bands.

The music written for brass bands range over most musical genres, from classical transcriptions, to contemporary original work to the ligher show music. Over a year, Jaren holds many different types of concerts and plays a variety of repertoire. Examples of annual traditional concerts are: Midnight Christmas Concert at Tingelstad Church, Concerts for children (with choreography and storytelling), Gala Concert at the local county Band Championship, Celebrational Concert during Norway's constitutional day, Concerts where we cooperate with choirs, and so on.
Шrjan Matre, a former musician of the band, now graduated as composer from the Norwegian Academy of Music Oslo, has on many occasions been commisioned to write or arrange music for the band. Among these pieces we find the quite modern test piece, "Klang(!)" which some years later it was written was chosen as the Test Piece for the elite Section in the Norwegian Brass Band Championships. The band has also had the oppurtunity to work with some of the best conducturs of Norway, and on occasions they have also been under the baton of international conducturs. On the 2009 tour of Russia, Jaren will be conducted by the talented and well known Bjшrn Sagstad.

Jaren Hornmusikkforening was founded in 1936. The development of the band, musically took off in 1980 when the band participated in the Norwegian Brass Band Championship for the very first time. Since then, the band has had only one direction, and by working systematically the results have been good. The band today consists of 30 musicians. They are all amateurs, but some of the musicians in the band study or have studied music. You will find them in lead positions in the band. Every Tuesday, and about one weekend every month, the musicians meet for band rehearsals. In a year the band perform about ten concerts, and they participate in the the elite section of the Norwegian Brass Band Championship, set in Bergen.
The band also annually participate at the Siddis Brass Band Competition in Stavanger, as well as local contests such as the Oppland and Hedmark Band Championship (counties) as well as other local contests. From being a middle band, Jaren has climbed up to be among the best in the country.

Over the last years, the band has also traveled outside Norway on Concert Tours. We can mention Great Britain, Hungary, Iceland and the Czech Republic among others. The band also went on an extended concert tour of Russia, Easter 1998, visiting the cities of Moscow, Saratov, Togliatti, and Ulianovsk.

The official kingdom of Norway is a constitutional monarcy in northern Europe. Oslo is Norway's capital and largest city. Norway borders to Sweden, Finland and Russia. Jaren Hornmusikkforening is from Jaren, which is the administrative centre of Gran municipality. Jaren has about 3000 inhabitants, Gran about 13.000 altogether. It is located about 80 kilometres from Oslo.

Jaren is a band with just brass instruments and percussion. Especially in Great Britain, there are strong traditions for brass bands, while in the continent of Europe it is more popular with wind bands. This may explain why we find the most of the Norwegian brass bands in the Western part of the country. In Norway there are brass bands for musicians of all ages. Annually the Norwegian Brass Band Championship is held in Bergen. There are five sectons: elite, and 1st to 4th section. Jaren Brass Band has participated in the Championship since 1980, and has the last 10 years participated in the elite section. The Norwegian wind-and brass bands are numeorous. They count almost 70.000 musicians organised in 1700 bands.

The music written for brass bands range over most musical genres, from classical transcriptions, to contemporary original work to the ligher show music. Over a year, Jaren holds many different types of concerts and plays a variety of repertoire. Examples of annual traditional concerts are: Midnight Christmas Concert at Tingelstad Church, Concerts for children (with choreography and storytelling), Gala Concert at the local county Band Championship, Celebrational Concert during Norway's constitutional day, Concerts where we cooperate with choirs, and so on.
Шrjan Matre, a former musician of the band, now graduated as composer from the Norwegian Academy of Music Oslo, has on many occasions been commisioned to write or arrange music for the band. Among these pieces we find the quite modern test piece, "Klang(!)" which some years later it was written was chosen as the Test Piece for the elite Section in the Norwegian Brass Band Championships. The band has also had the oppurtunity to work with some of the best conducturs of Norway, and on occasions they have also been under the baton of international conducturs. On the 2009 tour of Russia, Jaren will be conducted by the talented and well known Bjшrn Sagstad.

Gábor Boldoczki

After his celebrated debut at the Salzburg Festival 2004, the Austrian newspaper Salzburger Nachrichten ran the headline: "A softly tongued articulation, the greatest agility, an extremely self-confident embouchure, a coloratura style ... a soloist of this quality refines every piece of music."

Born in Szeged, Hungary, in 1976 and grown up in Kiskörös Gábor Boldoczki with his brilliant play is the exceptional trumpeter of his generation. Thus, it is not surprising that the renowned German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung named Gábor Boldoczki "the worthy successor" of the all time trumpet king Maurice André. The international press also calls him a magnificent trumpet virtuoso.

At the age of 14 this young exceptional trumpeter won the first prize at the National Trumpet Competition in Zalaegerszeg, Hungary. Following his studies at the L.-Weiner-Conservatory, the young musician continued at the Franz Liszt Conservatory in Budapest and as a master class student under Professor Reinhold Friedrich before starting his international solo career. By winning the internationally renowned music competition of the ARD in Munich, Boldoczki celebrated his final breakthrough at the young age of 21. He then received the "Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris" at the most distinguished trumpet competition of all - the Third International Maurice André Competition in Paris. In August 1999, Gábor Boldoczki received the coveted Prix Davidoff of the Reemtsma-Foundation for his "technical perfection and fully-developed artistic virtuosity", followed by the highly esteemed Prix Young Artist of the Year in 2002. After previously being awarded the Echo Klassik as Best Newcomer in October 2003, Gábor Boldoczki was again honoured by the German Phono Academy in 2008 as Instrumentalist of the Year.

During his European tour he performs with well known orchestras (e.g. Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Gulbenkian Symphony Orchestra, Festival Orchestra Budapest, Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Cannes Symphony Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonie of the Nations, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra) and chamber orchestras (e.g. Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Munich Bach Collegium, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Haydn Philharmonie, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Soloists, Vilnius Festival Orchestra, Dresdner Kapellsolisten, Bach Orchestra of the Gewandhaus Leipzig, Wuerttemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn) and, furthermore, he gives gala concerts with Edita Gruberova.

Boldoczki was the first trumpet soloist worldwide to be invited to perform the trumpet concerts of Michael Haydn at the Salzburg festival. He gives regularly guest performances at the renowned concert halls such as Musikverein Vienna, Philharmonie Berlin, KKL Lucerne, Palace of Arts in Budapest, among others. Furthermore, he follows concert invitations to South America and China. For considerable time he has been in demand for contemporary music and their world premiere performances. Gábor Boldoczki accompanied for example Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica for the world premiere performance of Georg Peleci's "Revelation" at the music festival "Les muséiques" in Basel. At the International Music Festival in Dubrovnik he premiered the Trumpet Concerto by Boris Papandopulo.

The trade magazine Fono Forum reviewed the CD-recording for SonyBMG with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra as follows: "Boldoczki performs the concertos more elegantly, more smoothly, and more naturally than any of his competitors ... soft, long phrases characterize his Haydn interpretations. The variable tone is one of the many details that make Boldoczki's recording so worth listening to." Sony BMG released further recordings together with the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, the chamber orchestra "I musici di Roma" and the Sinfonia Varsovia.
Together with Hedwig Bilgram and László Fenyő he recorded his new CD "Gloria" that includes sonatas for trumpet and organ as well as sonatas for trumpet, cello and harpsichord. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote: "Gábor Boldoczki's virtuoso playing techniques permit breath-taking tempi and wide coloratura binds; his even tone makes the perfect adversary to László Fenyő's dance-like, light bow stroke and Hedwig Bilgram's lively continuo. Boldoczki has often been compared to Maurice André, whom Bilgram worked with for over thirty years. A tradition of Baroque trumpet performance is being continued here, possibly lighter, lively, contemporary."

Boldoczki's "extremely fine and characterful" Shostakovich recording for piano, trumpet and orchestra partnered by the Gulbenkian Orchestra led by Lawrence Foster and the pianist Lise de la Salle was selected by the Grammophone Magazine as "Disc of the Month" in April 2008.

Awarded the Soloist Prize, Gábor Boldoczki will follow an invitation as Artist in Residence at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 2010.

His versatile repertoire ranges from Bach to Penderecki, from Vivaldi to Shostakovich to Hindemith, Takemitsu and Arvo Pärt. Gábor Boldoczki performs on B&S instruments.

 

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