SPANISH BRASS & TIMOTHY TULLER

November 8, 2019 at 7:30PM

St. John’s Cathedral

256 E. Church Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202

Spanish Brass

In 1989 five Spanish musicians created Spanish Brass—an innovative project that quickly gained world renown for its performances, educational activities and creative collaborations. After they won the First Prize in the 1996 Narbonne (France) International Brass Quintet Competition, the most prestigious event of its kind in the world, trumpeter Bernard Soustrot said, “Of all the First Prize winners of the Narbonne Competition, the Spanish Brass is the best since the competition was founded in 1986.”

In 2017 the group received the I Bankia Music Talent Award in Spain, for the most influential musical artists.

Spanish Brass has given hundreds of concerts across the globe, in such prestigious events and venues as the Great American Brass Band Festival, New York Brass Conference, Juilliard School of Music, Ithaca College, Festival de Musique de Radio-France, Granada International Festival, Lucerne Festival, Cheju Summer Festival (Korea), Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (Germany), National Auditorium (Madrid), Palau de la Música (Barcelona), Kalavrita Festival (Greece), International Horn Society, Merano Brass Festival and Trento Philharmonic (Italy), Barcelona Auditorium, Festival de Inverno de Brasília, and countless others.

With their versatile programming and state-of-the-art staging, SPANISH BRASS has created such shows as 25 years! (brass quintet), Metàl•licsand Brass Brass Brass (educational concerts), Brassiana (with jazz trio), Make a Brazz Noise Here (a tribute to Frank Zappa), Les Aventures de Monsieur Jules (with pianist Albert Guinovart) and Metalls d’Estil (with singer Pep “Botifarra”). They have recorded 24 CDs, including two DVD-CD.

Spanish Brass has been in the forefront of international music education, giving courses and master-classes with the Spanish National Youth Orchestra, the Youth Orchestras of Catalonia, Valencia, Andalucía and Madrid, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Trumpet Lounge (Japan), the Showa School for Performing Arts (Japan), Lieksa Brass Week (Finland), the Eastman School of Music, University of Georgia, Venezuelan Youth Orchestra, Dartington International Summer School (England), International Winter Music Festival of Brasilia (Brazil), Ibero-American Cultural Festival (Puerto Rico), etc.

Spanish Brass also runs two major brass festivals in Spain, the SBALZ Festival in Alzira (www.sbalz.com) and the Spanish BrasSurround (www.brassurround.com).

A sampling of their international accolades includes: “They are one of the world´s finest brass quintets ranking up there with Empire Brass, Canadian Brass and American Brass” (Greg Alley); “One of the most exciting and artistic brass quintets to come on the scene in recent years … a gloriously brilliant performance” (International Trumpet Guild Journal); “They play with amazing cohesion, and set the highest standard for brass chamber music” (Maurice André, trumpeter); and “I cannot think of a better brass quintet in the whole world” (Christian Lindberg, trombonist).

They are sponsored by Buffet Group and play with B&S trumpets, Hans Hoyer horn, Courtois trombone and Melton tuba.

Spanish Brass is sponsored also by the Institut Valencià de Cultura and by the Ministerio de Cultura-INAEM. 

Timothy Tuller

Timothy Tuller is a native of Elmira, New York, where he began piano and organ lessons at the age of eight and gave his first performance at age fourteen. He graduated summa cum laude from Ithaca College, and then earned his Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he was a student of Todd Wilson and received the Valedictory Prize.

Tim served as the Assistant University Organist at the University of the South from 2000-2003 under the direction and tutelage of organist and educator, Dr. Robert Delcamp. While on “the Mountain,” Tim assisted with every aspect of the music program, accompanying up to nine services per week at the University Chapel and the School of Theology. During his tenure at Sewanee, he accompanied the University’s choir on several tours, including a residency at York Minster, and was featured on the resulting 2-CD recording. After Sewanee, Tim subsequently served as the Music Associate at the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, Alabama. In addition to serving as the primary organist for the Cathedral, he accompanied the Cathedral Choir on a 2004 residency at St. Alban’s and Ely Cathedrals, in England. He was also the featured organist for their 2006 recording “Praise ye the Lord.”

Since 2007, Tim has been the Canon for Music at St. John’s Cathedral in Jacksonville, Florida. As Canon, Tim’s duties include playing the Cathedral’s magnificent 1983 Austin organ for all Cathedral services, conducting the 40-voice Cathedral Choir, and presiding over an extensive music series of secular and sacred performances. Under Tim’s direction, the Cathedral Choir has sung choral residencies at Ely Cathedral (2010), Canterbury Cathedral and Westminster Abbey (2014), and the National Cathedral in Washington, D. C. (2018).

Tim has more than thirty years of ecclesiastical performance experience in several denominations and has a particular fondness for English choral music. In addition to his duties at the Cathedral, Tim has been active in the Jacksonville musical community. He has served as accompanist for several local choral groups including the Orange Park Chorale and the choral department at the University of North Florida. Tim is also the classical music critic for the Florida Times Union newspaper. An active recitalist, Tim was a featured performer at the 2017 Southeastern Regional Convention of the American Guild of Organists, and at the 2018 St. Augustine Music Festival. As a pianist he recently appeared with Trio Peña in a performance of chamber music by Mendelssohn and Schumann.

The Cathedral Organ is a 1983 Austin instrument which was extensively renovated and enlarged in 2006 by Roger Colby Organ Company and Walker Technical Company. The 2006 renovation included replacing the console, adding new pipework, extensive revoicing, the addition of digital stops, and the addition of the new West Organ. The organ presently includes 76 ranks of pipes and 46 digital ranks in the 4-manual console.

 

Spanish Brass

Carlos Benetó

Born in Villanueva de Castellón, Valencia in 1969, Carlos began his musical training at the Lira Castellonense Music Society’s Music School in Vilanova de Castelló, Valencia. He graduated from Madrid’s Royal Conservatory of Music, where he studied with José María Ortí.

In 1988 he joined the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Spanish National Youth Orchestra, of which he was a member until 1992. He was trumpet player of the City of Granada Orchestra as well as being one of its founding members.

A founding member of SPANISH BRASS, Carlos enjoys cooking, reading and watching movies with his family. He has a 16 year old son.

Juanjo Serna

Juanjo was born in Albuixec, Valencia in 1970. He trained with José Ortí at Madrid’s Royal Advanced Music Conservatory, where he received the advanced level Honor Award. He regularly performs with such symphony ensembles as the Spanish National Orchestra, the Spanish Radio and Television Orchestra, the Madrid Symphony Orchestra, and the Euskadi (Basque), Canarias and Cadaqués Symphony Orchestras. He was Principal Trumpet of the City of Granada Orchestra.

A founding member of SPANISH BRASS, Juanjo loves football, especially the matches of the Levante Team. He also likes to listen to salsa and jazz, and is a specialist in jazz music. He has a 12 year old son.

Inda Bonet

Born in Vila-real, Castellón in 1971, Inda began his musical training with his father. He continued his training at the Valencia Advanced Music Conservatory, where he won the Honor Awards at the elementary, intermediate and advanced levels Conservatory. He then went to study in Paris at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, where he won First Prize. Inda was Principal Trombone of the Spanish National Orchestra from 1993 to 1998. He sat on the juries of the International Chamber Music Competition of Lyon, France in 2005 and the Philip Jones de Guebwiller International Competition, also in France, in both 2005 and 2007.

A founding member of SPANISH BRASS, Inda lives in the mountains with his wife and his three children, ages 15, 10 and 7, and various animals.

Manolo Pérez

Manolo was born in 1971 and began his musical studies at the age of eight at school in his home town of Guadassuar, Valencia. His studies were concluded at the Joaquin Rodrigo Higher Conservatory of Music in Valencia under the tutelage of Joaquin Vidal, Encara Grau and Jose Rosell, where he was awarded the Prize of Honor at the completion of his studies. From 1990 to 1993 he perfected his technique under Daniel Bourgue at the Conservatoire National de Région in Versailles (France), where he won the First Prize and Gold Medal. Manolo was a member of the Spanish National Youth Orchestra and performed with the City of Granada Orchestra, Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra, Madrid Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra of Spain, among others. From 1989 to 1998 he taught at the professional conservatories of Cáceres, Gijón and Albacete.

A founding member of SPANISH BRASS, Manolo has two sons, ages 11 and 8.

Sergio Finca

Born in 1979, Sergio comes from Pola de Siero, a small town in northern Spain. He began his musical studies at the age of eleven and later studied at the Conservatory of Music in Oviedo, Spain and in France at the Conservatoire National de Région in Perpignan and Bordeaux, where he was awarded the city’s Medal of Honor. He earned the Superior Diploma from the National Higher Music Conservatory in Lyon with a mention “Très Bien a l’Unanimité” in a competition between that school and the Paris Conservatory.

Sergio won First Prize at the Brno (Czech Republic) Competition and the Young Performers Competition of Spain. He was also a prize winner at the International Competition of Sydney, Australia. His outstanding performance at the National Auditorium in Madrid was broadcast on Spanish TV. He has taught in France and given masterclasses across Europe.

Sergio often plays with major orchestras in Spain and France. He was Principal Tuba of the Lyon National Opera Orchestra and has worked under such conductors as Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Bernard Haitink, Yuri Temirkanov, Jesús López Cobos, Paavo Jarvi and Ivan Fischer.

The youngest (and newest) member of SPANISH BRASS, Sergio joined the group in 2006. He is a gourmet and enjoys fine dining and gardening. Sergio has a 2 year old son.

 

SPANISH BRASS & TIMOTHY TULLER

November 8, 2019 at 7:30PM

St. John’s Cathedral

256 E. Church Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202

Spanish Brass

In 1989, five Spanish musicians created Spanish Brass—an innovative project that quickly gained world renown for its performances, educational activities and creative collaborations. After they won the First Prize in the 1996 Narbonne (France) International Brass Quintet Competition, the most prestigious event of its kind in the world, trumpeter Bernard Soustrot said, “Of all the First Prize winners of the Narbonne Competition, the Spanish Brass is the best since the competition was founded in 1986.”

In 2017 the group received the I Bankia Music Talent Award in Spain, for the most influential musical artists.

Spanish Brass has given hundreds of concerts across the globe, in such prestigious events and venues as the Great American Brass Band Festival, New York Brass Conference, Juilliard School of Music, Ithaca College, Festival de Musique de Radio-France, Granada International Festival, Lucerne Festival, Cheju Summer Festival (Korea), Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (Germany), National Auditorium (Madrid), Palau de la Música (Barcelona), Kalavrita Festival (Greece), International Horn Society, Merano Brass Festival and Trento Philharmonic (Italy), Barcelona Auditorium, Festival de Inverno de Brasília, and countless others.

With their versatile programming and state-of-the-art staging, SPANISH BRASS has created such shows as 25 years! (brass quintet), Metàl•licsand Brass Brass Brass (educational concerts), Brassiana (with jazz trio), Make a Brazz Noise Here (a tribute to Frank Zappa), Les Aventures de Monsieur Jules (with pianist Albert Guinovart) and Metalls d’Estil (with singer Pep “Botifarra”). They have recorded 24 CDs, including two DVD-CD.

Spanish Brass has been in the forefront of international music education, giving courses and master-classes with the Spanish National Youth Orchestra, the Youth Orchestras of Catalonia, Valencia, Andalucía and Madrid, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Trumpet Lounge (Japan), the Showa School for Performing Arts (Japan), Lieksa Brass Week (Finland), the Eastman School of Music, University of Georgia, Venezuelan Youth Orchestra, Dartington International Summer School (England), International Winter Music Festival of Brasilia (Brazil), Ibero-American Cultural Festival (Puerto Rico), etc.

Spanish Brass also runs two major brass festivals in Spain, the SBALZ Festival in Alzira (www.sbalz.com) and the Spanish BrasSurround (www.brassurround.com).

A sampling of their international accolades includes: “They are one of the world´s finest brass quintets ranking up there with Empire Brass, Canadian Brass and American Brass” (Greg Alley); “One of the most exciting and artistic brass quintets to come on the scene in recent years … a gloriously brilliant performance” (International Trumpet Guild Journal); “They play with amazing cohesion, and set the highest standard for brass chamber music” (Maurice André, trumpeter); and “I cannot think of a better brass quintet in the whole world” (Christian Lindberg, trombonist).

They are sponsored by Buffet Group and play with B&S trumpets, Hans Hoyer horn, Courtois trombone and Melton tuba.

Spanish Brass is sponsored also by the Institut Valencià de Cultura and by the Ministerio de Cultura-INAEM.

 

Musicians

Carlos Benetó

Born in Villanueva de Castellón, Valencia in 1969, Carlos began his musical training at the Lira Castellonense Music Society’s Music School in Vilanova de Castelló, Valencia. He graduated from Madrid’s Royal Conservatory of Music, where he studied with José María Ortí.

In 1988 he joined the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Spanish National Youth Orchestra, of which he was a member until 1992. He was trumpet player of the City of Granada Orchestra as well as being one of its founding members.

A founding member of SPANISH BRASS, Carlos enjoys cooking, reading and watching movies with his family. He has a 16 year old son.

Juanjo Serna

Juanjo was born in Albuixec, Valencia in 1970. He trained with José Ortí at Madrid’s Royal Advanced Music Conservatory, where he received the advanced level Honor Award. He regularly performs with such symphony ensembles as the Spanish National Orchestra, the Spanish Radio and Television Orchestra, the Madrid Symphony Orchestra, and the Euskadi (Basque), Canarias and Cadaqués Symphony Orchestras. He was Principal Trumpet of the City of Granada Orchestra.

A founding member of SPANISH BRASS, Juanjo loves football, especially the matches of the Levante Team. He also likes to listen to salsa and jazz, and is a specialist in jazz music. He has a 12 year old son.

Inda Bonet

Born in Vila-real, Castellón in 1971, Inda began his musical training with his father. He continued his training at the Valencia Advanced Music Conservatory, where he won the Honor Awards at the elementary, intermediate and advanced levels Conservatory. He then went to study in Paris at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, where he won First Prize. Inda was Principal Trombone of the Spanish National Orchestra from 1993 to 1998. He sat on the juries of the International Chamber Music Competition of Lyon, France in 2005 and the Philip Jones de Guebwiller International Competition, also in France, in both 2005 and 2007.

A founding member of SPANISH BRASS, Inda lives in the mountains with his wife and his three children, ages 15, 10 and 7, and various animals.

Manolo Pérez

Manolo was born in 1971 and began his musical studies at the age of eight at school in his home town of Guadassuar, Valencia. His studies were concluded at the Joaquin Rodrigo Higher Conservatory of Music in Valencia under the tutelage of Joaquin Vidal, Encara Grau and Jose Rosell, where he was awarded the Prize of Honor at the completion of his studies. From 1990 to 1993 he perfected his technique under Daniel Bourgue at the Conservatoire National de Région in Versailles (France), where he won the First Prize and Gold Medal. Manolo was a member of the Spanish National Youth Orchestra and performed with the City of Granada Orchestra, Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra, Madrid Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra of Spain, among others. From 1989 to 1998 he taught at the professional conservatories of Cáceres, Gijón and Albacete.

A founding member of SPANISH BRASS, Manolo has two sons, ages 11 and 8.

Sergio Finca

Born in 1979, Sergio comes from Pola de Siero, a small town in northern Spain. He began his musical studies at the age of eleven and later studied at the Conservatory of Music in Oviedo, Spain and in France at the Conservatoire National de Région in Perpignan and Bordeaux, where he was awarded the city’s Medal of Honor. He earned the Superior Diploma from the National Higher Music Conservatory in Lyon with a mention “Très Bien a l’Unanimité” in a competition between that school and the Paris Conservatory.

Sergio won First Prize at the Brno (Czech Republic) Competition and the Young Performers Competition of Spain. He was also a prize winner at the International Competition of Sydney, Australia. His outstanding performance at the National Auditorium in Madrid was broadcast on Spanish TV. He has taught in France and given masterclasses across Europe.

Sergio often plays with major orchestras in Spain and France. He was Principal Tuba of the Lyon National Opera Orchestra and has worked under such conductors as Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Bernard Haitink, Yuri Temirkanov, Jesús López Cobos, Paavo Jarvi and Ivan Fischer.

The youngest (and newest) member of SPANISH BRASS, Sergio joined the group in 2006. He is a gourmet and enjoys fine dining and gardening. Sergio has a 2 year old son.

 

Timothy Tuller

Timothy Tuller is a native of Elmira, New York, where he began piano and organ lessons at the age of eight and gave his first performance at age fourteen. He graduated summa cum laude from Ithaca College, and then earned his Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he was a student of Todd Wilson and received the Valedictory Prize.

Tim served as the Assistant University Organist at the University of the South from 2000-2003 under the direction and tutelage of organist and educator, Dr. Robert Delcamp. While on “the Mountain,” Tim assisted with every aspect of the music program, accompanying up to nine services per week at the University Chapel and the School of Theology. During his tenure at Sewanee, he accompanied the University’s choir on several tours, including a residency at York Minster, and was featured on the resulting 2-CD recording. After Sewanee, Tim subsequently served as the Music Associate at the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, Alabama. In addition to serving as the primary organist for the Cathedral, he accompanied the Cathedral Choir on a 2004 residency at St. Alban’s and Ely Cathedrals, in England. He was also the featured organist for their 2006 recording “Praise ye the Lord.”

Since 2007, Tim has been the Canon for Music at St. John’s Cathedral in Jacksonville, Florida. As Canon, Tim’s duties include playing the Cathedral’s magnificent 1983 Austin organ for all Cathedral services, conducting the 40-voice Cathedral Choir, and presiding over an extensive music series of secular and sacred performances. Under Tim’s direction, the Cathedral Choir has sung choral residencies at Ely Cathedral (2010), Canterbury Cathedral and Westminster Abbey (2014), and the National Cathedral in Washington, D. C. (2018).

Tim has more than thirty years of ecclesiastical performance experience in several denominations and has a particular fondness for English choral music. In addition to his duties at the Cathedral, Tim has been active in the Jacksonville musical community. He has served as accompanist for several local choral groups including the Orange Park Chorale and the choral department at the University of North Florida. Tim is also the classical music critic for the Florida Times Union newspaper. An active recitalist, Tim was a featured performer at the 2017 Southeastern Regional Convention of the American Guild of Organists, and at the 2018 St. Augustine Music Festival. As a pianist he recently appeared with Trio Peña in a performance of chamber music by Mendelssohn and Schumann.

The Cathedral Organ is a 1983 Austin instrument which was extensively renovated and enlarged in 2006 by Roger Colby Organ Company and Walker Technical Company. The 2006 renovation included replacing the console, adding new pipework, extensive revoicing, the addition of digital stops, and the addition of the new West Organ. The organ presently includes 76 ranks of pipes and 46 digital ranks in the 4-manual console.