Gewandhaus Brass Quintett
Anyone who has had the opportunity of hearing the Gewandhaus Brass Quintett simply cannot get enough of them! The musical spectrum and the creative and exciting interpretations captivate the audience at every one of their concerts. The five principal brass players of the Gewandhausorchester in Leipzig present programs that range from brilliant baroque music to fascinating modern compositions, always performed with a thrilling musical impetus and a vital charm.
All the members of the Gewandhaus Brass Quintett, which was founded in 2005 as „Leipzig Chamber Brass”, are award-winning soloists who, in addition to their duties as orchestral musicians, are also dedicated to the performance of chamber music.
The Gewandhaus Brass Quintett is one of only four ensembles whose name includes the word "Gewandhaus"– a title which can only be bestowed by the Gewandhauskapellmeister and considered a guarantee of artistic excellence. Since its founding, the Gewandhaus Brass Quintett has rapidly gained a reputation for giving outstanding performances.
An example of the broad repertoire and the fascinating, complex tonal possibilities offered by the Gewandhaus Brass Quintett can be heard on a CD, produced in 2009 by Genuin (89142).
Here you can enjoy great musical diversity ranging from the brilliant baroque tones of Bach and Albinoni, through to the fluorescent sounds of Debussy's Impressionism, Witold Lutoslawski’s powerful „Mini Ouvertüre" as well as Viktor Ewald’s great romantic quintett, the tenderness of Brahms’ famous “Wiegenlied” and the humoresque gathering of bizarre characters in Jan Koetsiers „Zirkusmarsch".
Lukas Beno – Trumpet
Lukas Beno is Principal Trumpet of Leipzig's Gewandhausorchester. He is also a member of the Australian World Orchestra and the famous Richard Wagner Festival Orchestra in Bayreuth. With many guest appearances in such great Orchestras as the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Munich Philharmonic, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Staatskapelle Berlin, to mention but a few, Lukas Beno is in great demand as a Principal Trumpet.
Also as a highly acclaimed soloist, Lukas Beno has appeared with renowned orchestras around Germany, Switzerland, Austria and in the USA. He is a prize holder of various national and international music awards and has regularly given Masterclasses in Germany, USA, China, Australia, Brazil, Taiwan, Singapore, Venezuela and Cyprus.
Lukas Beno studied Trumpet with Prof. Günther Beetz in Mannheim, where he graduated with distinction.
Jonathan Müller – Trumpet
Jonathan Müller studied at the “Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe” with Prof. Reinhold Friedrich. He won several prizes at national and international competitions such as the “Deutscher Musikwettbewerb” (2010) and the internationally renowned ARD Music Competition. Since 2011 Jonathan Müller is a fellow of the “Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes” and of the “Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben”.
Jonathan Müller was member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and the Orchestra Mozart, conducted by Claudio Abbado. Since 2013 he is Principal Trumpet of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. He is regularly invited as Principal Trumpet to join orchestras such as the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe or the Orquesta Nacional de España (Madrid).
Moreover, Jonathan Müller performs as a soloist with orchestras such as the Arcata Chamber Orchestra Stuttgart, Tübingen Sinfonietta, the Nürnberger Symhoniker, the Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.
Jan Wessely – French Horn
Jan Wessely studied French Horn in Leipzig with Professor Hermann Maerker and in Cologne with Professor Erich Penzel before gaining a position at the Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, where he completed his orchestra training with Norbert Hauptmann. After finishing his studies in Cologne Jan Wessely was appointed Principal French Horn at the Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie Chemnitz before he joined the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig in 2001 as Assistant Principal French Horn.
Chamber music is an extremely important passion for Jan Wessely. He was a founding member of the „Orsolino Quintet“ (Wind Quintet) in 1996. With this ensemble he won numerous prizes at renowned competitions such as the ARD competition (1997 and 2001) and the „Deutscher Musikwettbewerb“ (2000). Many various recordings on CD and for broadcasting followed.
Jan Wessely is regularly asked to hold master classes for horn (Germany, England, Austria, Taiwan, Brasil, India) as well as for chamber music (Jeunesses musicales).
Tobias Hasselt – Trombone
Tobias Hasselt, Principal Trombone of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig since 1992, studied in Munich and afterwards completed his education as member of the Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Today he is regularly invited as a guest to all renowned symphony and opera orchestras in Germany as Principal Trombone.
Tobias Hasselt has always been intensely committed to chamber music and has played in every brass ensemble of the Gewandhausorchester, as well as the Ensemble Avantgarde, Sinfonietta Leipzig, Modern Bone Quartett and is a member of the Salonorchester Cappuccino.
He joined the Gewandhaus Brass Quintett as a permanent member in 2016.
Tobias Ravnikar – Tuba
Born in 1991 in Bavaria, Germany, Tobias Ravnikar started his musical education aged 7 and soon gained his first international experience through exchange programs with the Tongji-University in Shanghai. Tobias Ravnikar is multiple nationwide prize winner of „Jugend Musiziert“ and successfully participated in international competitions in Kirgtiisistan. In 2012 he started his studies with Professor Paul Halwax at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold and became member of the Mendelssohn-Orchestra Academy of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig in 2015.