Brass & Woodwind Instrument Players
Jelka Weber is a flutist with the Berliner Philharmoniker and a highly regarded soloist and educator. Having played with some of Europe’s top orchestras, Jelka is also a highly regarded chamber musician.
Mathieu Dufour is principal flute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 1999. Before coming to Chicago, he was principal flute solo of the Paris National Opera Orchestra from 1996 to 1999. Prior to his appointment there, he served as principal flute solo of the Orchestra National du Capitole de Toulouse for three years.
An artiste with an exceptional talent who has made a name for himself as one of the finest trumpet players in the world today, (London, www.4barsrest.com ) Yamaha Performing Artist Rex Richardson has become one of the busiest crossover trumpet virtuosos on the international scene.
Markus Bebek was born in 1975 in Nürnberg, and studied from 1998 with Prof. Günther Beetz at the Musikhochschule Mannheim. Here he obtained his Diploma in 2004 and a 'Solist Diploma' in 2006. Presently he is Assistant Principal Trumpet at the “Opern- und Museumsorchester Frankfurt/Main” which is well-known as one of the best opera orchestras in Germany.
Arfon Owen is a multi-instrumental musician who has been at the forefront of the brass band movement from the age of 18 and has played in many of the World’s finest brass ensembles. His hugely successful career has meant that he has performed in many of the World´s most iconic venues and festivals to capacity audiences. Away from the concert platform, Arfon has recorded many studio albums and performed on a number of television and radio broadcasts internationally. Known for his unrivalled versatility as a musician, he is also highly proficient on the cornet, trumpet, flugel horn and French horn, and works regularly as a professional pianist and organist. Currently residing in Stavanger, Norway, Arfon is a member of the Stavanger Brass Band, working as a session musician, conductor and educator.
Adam Frey has quickly established himself as one of the best euphonium soloists in the world by bringing his sharp intellect, mature musicianship, and charismatic stage presence to audiences all over the world.
Saxophonist Simon Bates is known and respected for his stylistic versatility and instrumental prowess.