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.
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.
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.
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.
Frits Damrow started his musical career as principal trumpet of the Radio Symphony Orchestra of the Netherlands when he was 21 and still had to finish his studies at the Maastrichts Conservatory. After 9 years he was appointed as principal trumpet of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam holding this position from 1991 until 2010. Since 2009 he has been Professor of trumpet at the University of the Arts in Zurich, Switzerland (www.zhdk.ch) and since 2013 he is principal trumpet of the Sinfonieorchester Basel.
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).
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.
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.
Allen Vizzutti has visited over 60 countries and every state in the union to perform with a rainbow of artists and ensembles as both a classical and jazz artist. He has appeared as guest soloist with symphony orchestras, in recital, on television and in jazz venues around the world.
The name Phil Woods evokes in most jazz fans the image of a sizzling hot tone and an intensely driving rhythmic pulse, as well as improvisations that grab listeners and never release. He's an alto saxophone player (and clarinetist) whose lineage is clearly rooted in Charlie Parker, Benny Carter and Johnny Hodges.