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American Brass QuintetBack To Performers

Instrumental Focus

  • horn
  • trombone
  • trumpet

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. The ABQ’s Emerging Composer Commissioning program has brought forth brass quintets by Gordon Beeferman, Jay Greenberg, Trevor Gureckis, and Shafer Mahoney. Among the quintet’s recordings are eleven CDs for Summit Records since 1992, including the ABQ’s 50th release State of the Art—The ABQ at 50 featuring recent works written for them. The ABQ has been in residence at Juilliard since 1987 and the AMFS since 1970. Since 2000 the ABQ has offered its expertise in chamber music performance and training with a program of mini-residencies as part of its regular touring.

Robert Spano, Music Director

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