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The American Brass Quintet is internationally recognized as one of the premier chamber ensembles of our time, celebrated for peerless leadership in the brass world. As 2013 recipient of Chamber Music America’s highest honor, the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award for Significant and Lasting Contributions to the Field, ABQ’s rich history includes performances throughout the world and all fifty United States; a discography of nearly sixty recordings; and premieres of over 150 contemporary brass works. ABQ commissions by Robert Beaser, William Bolcom, Elliott Carter, Huang Ruo, William Schuman, and Joan Tower, among many others, are considered significant contributions to the foundation of the modern brass quintet repertoire. Among the Quintet’s recordings are 12 CDs for Summit Records since 1992, including their newest disc, “Perspectives,” comprised entirely of ABQ-commissioned works by Eric Ewazen, Jay Greenberg, Robert Paterson and Sebastian Currier. The American Brass Quintet’s 2016­–2017 season included a collaboration with avant-garde composer John Zorn for the world premiere of Blue Stratagem at Columbia University. Future engagements include recitals at the Detroit Chamber Music Society, Colorado College, and the University of Arizona. The ABQ has been in residence at Juilliard since 1987 and the AMFS since 1970. The American Brass is represented by Kirshbaum Associates, New York.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO