Jury 2019

Ewa Strusinska
Jens Björn-Larsen
Jonas Bylund
Frits Damrow
Patrick Harrild
Pasi Pirinen
Mike Svoboda
Raimund Wippermann

Ewa Strusinska

Chair

Ewa Strusinska (born 19 July 1976 in Stalowa Wola) is a Polish conductor. Born in Poland, Ewa Strusinska studied at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, and upon finishing her studies spent a year working as Assistant Conductor at Czestochowa Philharmonic Orchestra. In the same year she won a position of Junior Fellow in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Ewa Strusinska first became known to the artistic world as a laureate and prize winner at the prestigious Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in Bamberg. In 2008 she was chosen by the London Symphony Orchestra to be one of three participants in a masterclass by Valery Gergiev From 2008 to 2010, Ewa Strusinska held the position of Assistant Conductor with the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester - the first ever female assistant conductor of a British orchestra. Internationally, she has worked with a range of orchestras including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Hallé Orchestra, the Magdeburgische Philharmonie, the Lódz Philharmonic Orchestra etc..

From 2013 to 2016 she was Generalmusikdirektorin of the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra. Beginning with the concert season 2018/2019 she is the Generalmusikdirektorin of the Neue Lausitzer Philharmonie.

Jens Björn-Larsen

Tuba

He was born in 1965 in Denmark. Björn-Larsen belongs to a small group of world-wide reknown solo tubists and is a highly respected and successful teacher for brass instruments. He has been awarded with many prizes, amongst others the first prize in the Nordic Competition of Soloists, the Victor Borge Prize and the Concours d’Exécution Musicale in Geneva.

After playing 20 years as a solo tubist he left 2005 the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in order to be able to dedicate himself exclusively to teaching and to a soloist career performing with leading orchestras in the world.

Jens Björn-Larsen is professor for tuba at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover and is also teaching at the Royal Danish Music Conservatory in Copenhagen as well as at the Music Academy in Malmö.

He is regularly giving master courses in the United States, Japan and in many European countries. Björn-Larsen is B & S Melton artist.

Jonas Bylund

Trombone

Swedish-born Jonas Bylund studied at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and played as a solo trombonist in the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bamberger Symphoniker. Jonas Bylund won 1st prize at the “Concours International d’Exécution Musicale” in Geneva in 1988 and the ARD-Wettbewerb in Munich in the following year. He has given solo performances with L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra London.

Jonas Bylung is member of Stockholm Chamber Brass, one of the world’s leading brass ensembles. Held a professorship of trombone at the Academy of Music in Hannover, Germany, since 1995. Many of his students have positions in leading orchestras worldwide and have won prizes at major international competitions. Together with his class, he won the 2006 “Emory Remington Award”, the International Trombone Association’s prize for the best trombone ensemble.

Frits Damrow

Trumpet

Frits Damrow was born in 1960 in Landgraaf, Netherlands. He started to play the trumpet and Flügelhorn at age 9 in the local wind orchestra. He studied trumpet and piano at the Kerkraade Music School.

After college he started at the Maastricht Conservatory and continued his musical education with James Stamp, USA, Thomas Stevens, USA, and Pierre Thibaud in Paris.

From 1982 to 1991 he was principal trumpet at the Radio Symphony Orchestra of the Netherlands. In 1991 he became principal trumpet at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.

He has performed as a solo trumpet under such famous conductors as Georg Solti, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons etc.

He was professor for trumpet at the Conservatory in Amsterdam and has been appointed professor for trumpet at the music academy in Zuerich in 2009.

Frits Damrow is regularly conducting master classes and workshops worldwide.

Patrick Harrild

Tuba

Patrick Harrild has been the Principal Tuba of the London Symphony Orchestra for 30 years.

He is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he studied with John Fletcher. Upon graduation he was appointed as Principal Tuba of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, where he remained until 1987 when he was invited to succeed John Fletcher at the London Symphony Orchestra.

Patrick Harrild has always had a parallel career as a teacher and coach and became professor at the Royal Academy of Music in 1976 and at the Guildhall School of

Music & Drama in 1992. More than half the UK’s orchestras have former students of his as their principal players.

Outside his orchestral life Patrick Harrild has played with many chamber groups inclu- ding the world famous Philip Jones Brass Ensemble. He has also been extremely active in the commercial recording studio and has performed as a soloist on many occasions. His recording of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra was reviewed as the best of the worldwide recordings to date. He gave the London premier performance of the John Williams Tuba Concerto with the composer conducting the London Symphony Orchestra in 1998.

Since 1994 Patrick Harrild has been a member of the Board of Directors of the London Symphony Orchestra, where he had special responsibility for Personnel and Education. In 1993 he was made Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music.

Pasi Pirinen

Trumpet

Pasi Pirinen is the Professor of Brass instruments at the Sibelius Academy, Finland and has the position of the Principal Trumpet at the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.

Pasi Pirinen picked up the trumpet at age of eight and studied from 1988 with John Miller, Paul Cosh and Stephen Keavy at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. From where he graduated in 1992. Additional studies took him to Cleveland, US with Michael Sachs and to Paris with Antoine Curé.

In 1998 Pirinen won 1st Prize in the ITG Ellsworth Smith Trumpet Competition in the US and in 1987 2nd Prize in the Concertino Praga Competition. He was chosen “Brass Player of the Year” by Lieksa Brass Festival in Finland in 1999.

Pirinen has taught masterclasses in many major music insti- tutions in Europe, Asia, South America and the US, and has served as a member of jury in international trumpet compe- titions including Theo Charlier in Brussels, Città di Porcia in Italy and the ITG competitions.

Pasi Pirinen is a Yamaha Artist.

Mike Svoboda

Trombone

In his triple role as trombonist, composer and educator, Mike Svoboda is among the most original musical personalities of our time.

Mike Svoboda, born 1960 on the island of Guam, grew up in Chicago and came to Germany with the help of a BMI Award to Young Composers in 1982.

His eleven years as trombonist with Karlheinz Stockhausen during the 80s and 90s proved to be of eminent importance for Svoboda’s musical development. Including the collaboration with Stockhausen and other composers such as Péter Eötvös, Helmut Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm, Martin Smolka and Frank Zappa. Svoboda has premiered over 400 works for trombone at festivals throughout the world.

A triple concerto for trumpet, trombone, tuba and orchestra was com- missioned by the Sieghardt Rometsch Foundation and has its world premiere on the 17th and 19th of April 2015 at the Staatstheater Cottbus under Evan Christ as conductor.

Major festivals have invited him to be artist or composer-in-residence.

Raimund Wippermann

Raimund Wippermann studied music teaching, sacred music and choirmaster at the University of Music in Cologne and Duesseldorf. Postgraduate studies at the conservatory in Stockholm followed (amongst others with Professor Eric Ericson); several years’ engagement as church musician; 1991 appointment as Director of Music at the dome in Essen where he was entrusted with the direction of the dome choir and the formation of the girls’ choir.

Since 1997 is Raimund Wippermann professor for choir conducting at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf where he already started as a teacher in 1990. A special emphasis of his work as professor is the choir master teaching of students of sacred music.

Since August 2004 he has been the director of the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf.

Raimund Wippermann is the founder and artistic director of the chamber choir Cantemus. From 1995 until September 2000 he was also choir master of the Städtischer Musikverein in Düsseldorf.

He has been a prize winner of the German choir competition with his chamber choir Cantemus in 1990 in Stuttgart and the first price in the 8th German choir competition 2010 with his girl choir of the Dome in Essen.