SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8 AT 4:00PM

SPANISH BRASS

Visual Artist: Michael Armanno

ST. PAUL’S BY-THE-SEA EPISCOPAL CHURCH

Accolades abound for Spanish Brass, among the most sought-after brass ensembles on American and international stages. The quintet features the passionate, Flamenco-flavored music of their native Spain alongside Dixieland, Baroque, Christmas, Latin-American and favorite brass standards. Their dazzling virtuosity and intimate, light-hearted audience rapport make each concert an unforgettable experience.

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THE ARTISTS

“Their brilliant technique, their clear and convincing phrases gave their performance a logic and lightness that brought the listener into the music in a relaxed and enjoyable way. A magnificent ensemble!”
( Jean-Pierre Mathez, Brass Bulletin)

With a 35-year trajectory in the world of chamber music, Spanish Brass is one of the most dynamic and sought-after brass groups on the international musical stage.

Spanish Brass has been invited to be the keynote performers at the 2025 International Trumpet Guild (ITG) conference, the most prestigious and high-profile event of its kind in the world.

Founded in 1989 by five Spanish musicians as an innovative project that quickly gained world renown for performances, educational activities and creative collaborations, Spanish Brass won the First Prize in the 1996 Narbonne (France) International Brass Quintet Competition, the most prestigious brass competition 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, and in 2019 they received the Espai Ter de Música Award. They have also been honored with five Carles Santos Awards. In 2020 they received the Spanish National Music Award.

Spanish Brass has given hundreds of concerts across the globe, in such prestigious events and venues as the Great American Brass Band Festival; the New York Brass Conference; the Juilliard School of Music, the National Gallery in Washington, DC; 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.    

Spanish Brass has been in the forefront of international music education, giving courses and master-classes with The Juilliard School, the Colburn School, the Eastman School of Music, University of Georgia, 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), 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 Brassurround (www.brassurround.com). They currently teach at the Berklee College of Music campus in Valencia and at the Universidad Europea in Madrid.

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 have recorded 33 CDs, including the double CD “The Best of Spanish Brass”; a disc of Christmas music; and “Puro de Oliva” with flamenco-jazz pianist Chano Domínguez. Their latest release, “35,” is a celebration of their 35th anniversary.

Lisa Sapinkopf
Lisa Sapinkopf Artists
9 Commodore Drive, Suite 309
Emeryville, CA, USA 94608
Phone: 1-510-428-1533
Toll-Free: 800-923-1973
lsapinkopf@aol.com

 

Michael Armanno

VISUAL ARTIST

ARTIST BIO

In addition to its outstanding concerts and educational outreach programs, BFAS also presents an art exhibition from a regional visual artist at each home concert.

VENUE

St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church
465 11th Avenue North
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Doors open at 3:15PM

SUNDAY, DEC. 8 AT 4:00PM

SPANISH BRASS 

Visual Artist
Michael Armanno

ST. PAUL’S BY-THE-SEA EPISCOPAL CHURCH

Accolades abound for Spanish Brass, among the most sought-after brass ensembles on American and international stages. The quintet features the passionate, Flamenco-flavored music of their native Spain alongside Dixieland, Baroque, Christmas, Latin-American and favorite brass standards. Their dazzling virtuosity and intimate, light-hearted audience rapport make each concert an unforgettable experience.

THE ARTISTS

“Their brilliant technique, their clear and convincing phrases gave their performance a logic and lightness that brought the listener into the music in a relaxed and enjoyable way. A magnificent ensemble!”
( Jean-Pierre Mathez, Brass Bulletin)

With a 35-year trajectory in the world of chamber music, Spanish Brass is one of the most dynamic and sought-after brass groups on the international musical stage.

Spanish Brass has been invited to be the keynote performers at the 2025 International Trumpet Guild (ITG) conference, the most prestigious and high-profile event of its kind in the world.

Founded in 1989 by five Spanish musicians as an innovative project that quickly gained world renown for performances, educational activities and creative collaborations, Spanish Brass won the First Prize in the 1996 Narbonne (France) International Brass Quintet Competition, the most prestigious brass competition 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, and in 2019 they received the Espai Ter de Música Award. They have also been honored with five Carles Santos Awards. In 2020 they received the Spanish National Music Award.

Spanish Brass has given hundreds of concerts across the globe, in such prestigious events and venues as the Great American Brass Band Festival; the New York Brass Conference; the Juilliard School of Music, the National Gallery in Washington, DC; 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.    

Spanish Brass has been in the forefront of international music education, giving courses and master-classes with The Juilliard School, the Colburn School, the Eastman School of Music, University of Georgia, 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), 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 Brassurround (www.brassurround.com). They currently teach at the Berklee College of Music campus in Valencia and at the Universidad Europea in Madrid.

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 have recorded 33 CDs, including the double CD “The Best of Spanish Brass”; a disc of Christmas music; and “Puro de Oliva” with flamenco-jazz pianist Chano Domínguez. Their latest release, “35,” is a celebration of their 35th anniversary.

Lisa Sapinkopf
Lisa Sapinkopf Artists
9 Commodore Drive, Suite 309
Emeryville, CA, USA 94608
Phone: 1-510-428-1533
Toll-Free: 800-923-1973
lsapinkopf@aol.com

MICHAEL ARMANNO

VISUAL ARTIST

ARTIST BIO

In addition to its outstanding concerts and educational outreach programs, BFAS also presents an art exhibition from a regional visual artist at each home concert.

VENUE

St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church
465 11th Avenue North
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Doors open at 3:15PM