Brass & Woodwind Instrument Players
A gifted trombonist, conductor, composer and arranger, world-renowned musician Wycliffe Gordon grew up in Waynesboro, Georgia in the United States. He was musically influenced at a young age by his father, Lucius Gordon, a classical pianist and teacher.
Damiano was born in 1961 in Asti, Italy, and graduated from Verdi Conservatory of Turin in 1982. Before coming to the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, he was a principal of bassoon in the RAI (Italian Radio) Orchestra of Turin (1982-85) and in the Vienna Philharmonic (1985-87).
Born in 1958 in Montreal, Canada, Khaner studied at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of the late Julius Baker. After serving as co-principal of the Pittsburgh Symphony and principal of the Cleveland Orchestra and Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, he has been Principal Flute of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1990.
David Bilger has held the position of principal trumpet of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1995. Prior to joining the Orchestra, he held the same position with the Dallas Symphony.
Nobuya Sugawa is an internationally acclaimed saxophonist whom Japan is very much proud of. He has assumed a role of the concert master of Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra for almost 22 years from 1989 through 2010. Currently along with the activities as a soloist, he performs as a member of Trouvère Quartet. He also serves as the resident conductor of Yamaha Symphonic Band, and is a visiting professor of Tokyo University of Arts.
In a career spanning two decades, Dave Koz has established himself as a platinum-selling artist, humanitarian, entrepreneur, radio host, and instrumental music advocate. A six-time GrammyR nominee, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2009.
Mathieu Dufour is principal flute of the Berliner Philharmoniker, a position he has held since 2014. Before coming to Berlin, he was principal flute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1999 to 2014.
Born in Limoges, France in 1972, Jérôme Voisin started playing the clarinet at the age of 9. He has been a principal clarinet of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France since 2006.
Andriy Ilkiv is one of the most widely known Ukrainian musicians. During performances Andriy often switches four or five trumpets of different types. He does it without any visible efforts playing easily and with amazing virtuosity either baroque, modern or jazz music within the same concert. He plays over a whole range of musical genres. He performs with excellence at diverse roles, such as, a solo-trumpeter, leader of "KYIV-BRASS" quintet, and as a principal trumpet of world known orchestra Philharmonic of Nations founded by the legendary Leonard Bernstein. Being Yamaha Artist, Andriy expresses his strong dedication to Yamaha trumpets as his best musical companions.
Born in 1996 in South Africa, Sakhile studied at The South African College of Music (UCT) with Liesl Stoltz. He has appeared as principal flute and principal piccolo with the South African National Youth Orchestra, the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival Symphony Orchestra and the UCT Symphony Orchestra.