Jamie Williams has served as principal trombonist of the Deutsche Oper Berlin since 2009. Furthermore, he is on the faculty at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock and the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin.
An avid orchestral musician, Jamie Williams has performed with the Bavarian State Opera, Berlin Philharmonic, Berlin Staatskapelle, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchestra Berlin, Dresden Staatskapelle, Guerzenich Orchestra Cologne, Hamburg State Opera, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, and the WDR Symphony Orchestra. He was principal trombonist from 2003-2009 with the Dortmund Philharmonic.
Jamie Williams released his solo début CD „Voice“ in 2013. His concert activities have led him across Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North and South America as both soloist and chamber musician. As a soloist, Jamie Williams has performed with orchestra in the Berlin Philharmonie.
Born in 1979, Jamie Williams began playing trombone in his native St. Petersburg, Florida at the age of eleven. In 1997, he received a full scholarship to study in New York at The Juilliard School with Joe Alessi. Jamie Williams continued his studies with Per Brevig, Jonas Bylund, Michel Becquet, and Ian Bousfield.
In 2010, Jamie Williams began as an active Yamaha Artist, in demand for master-classes, and performing on a Xeno YSL 8820. He has been on the jury of numerous international competitions and was voted in for the term of 2014-2018 to the International Trombone Association Board of Advisors. Jamie Williams and his Rostock trombone class were awarded the Emory Remington Trombone Ensemble Prize in 2014, which is the most prestigious award world wide.
Dear readers, here you will find regularly posted topics which are more personal and individual. The subjects are an archive with reflections of some past events as well as some general topics which are worth discussing and especially interesting for students.
„Dear readers, the daily adventure of balancing immediate family with orchestra keeps for an extremely busy schedule. However, these two facets are not enough to fulfill the needs or duties that are clearly necessary in this lifetime. You can go to www.deutscheoperberlin.de to see the full schedule of my every day performance life. The largest opera house in Berlin with an orchestra that I so dearly love, plus all of our world class singers, is, „my bread and butter.“ Everything else is a bonus and these activities are what get posted here!“
September 01, 2016
The HMT Rostock will have several openings in the trombone class beginning September 1, 2016. Auditions are in June with application deadline being May 1.
Check the website for more information and application.
October 8, 2016
Recital and Masterclass
At the „Volkwang Universität der Kunst“ in Essen, Germany
November 14 – December 11, 2016
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
Paavo Järvi will conduct the chamber orchestra on a tour in Tainan City and Taipeh, TAIWAN as well as in Morioka, Tokorozawa, Yokohama, Kumamoto, Toyota, Shizuoka, and Tokyo, JAPAN
January 13-16, 2017
Concert and Masterclass
In the Music Academy Krakow, Poland
Solo performance of „Colors“ by Bert Appermont with the university wind band, conducted by Will Sanders
March 9-12, 2017
„Internationale Posaune Vereinigung“ Symposium: annual german trombone conference in the Hochschule für Musik Mannheim
April 1-15, 2017
„Der Ring des Nibelungen“
Deutsche Oper Berlin
May 11-15, 2017
Masterclass and Competition juror
July 9-16, 2017
Italian Brass Week
P A S T P E R F O R M A N C E S
July 17 – 24, 2016
Italian Brass Week
Florence, Italy. The trombone teachers are Jorgen van Rijen, Alan Trudel, and Jamie Williams.
To apply go to:
July 07 – 10, 2016
15è Festival Internacional de Música, Tarragona, Spain
April & May, 2016
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Jamie plays with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Andris Nelsons in April and May, 2016 plus European tour.
March 21 – 23, 2016
Recital and Masterclass
At the Academia Muzyczna in Poznan, Poland plus performance of the Nino Rota Concerto.
March 11 – 13, 2016
Bilbao/ San Sebastian, Spain together with Frits Damrow, Pablo Fernandez and Bernardo Cifres. For more info, contact Luis Orduna:
February 18 – 20, 2016
Gala Concert of the International Trombone Festival
Performance with the Fribourg Brass Band in Lausanne, Switzerland
August 20 – 28, 2015
This will be a week of private and group lessons plus performance opportunities for all participants. Some participants may also play as soloist with orchestra. I will be performing various chamber music and the Grondahl Concerto with the North German Orchestra. Please contact me for more info.
June 28- July 5, 2015
14è Festival Internacional de Música, Tarragona, Spain
March 25 and 26, 2015
Masterclass in Katowicé, Poland
March 19 – 22, 2015
Internationale Posaunenvereinigung Symposium
Classical and Jazz trombone Artists from around the world will come together in the HMT Rostock for a celebration of our instrument. There will be six concerts, daily masterclasses, and a mass ensemble of all participants and teachers.
March 16 and 17, 2015
Masterclass and Recital at Music Academy Poznan, Poland
March 10 and 11, 2015
Masterclass and Recital at Kunst Universität Graz, Austria
February 23 – March 1, 2015
Crespo Brass Academy in Montevideo, Uruguay
I will teach private lessons, chamber music, and perform a recital during this week.
February 13, 2015
Coaching and Orchestra Audition Preparation at Orchesterzentrum NRW
The day will include a mock audition for tenor and bass trombone followed by lessons. The participants are masters degree students in NRW Germany.
February 9 – 11, 2015
Masterclass and recital in Portugal
This will take place at Escola Profissional e Artística do Vale do Ave (ARTAVE) and open to all students in Portugal.
Here you can listen to some small sections from each composition on the new CD, Voice
Amit Rozenzweig, born in 1991, has been playing the trombone for 14 years.
Between the years 2009 -2012 served as „Outstanding Musician“ at the IDF Education Force.
Between the years 2000-2007 studied in Kfar Saba Conservatory, with the teacher Alex Chichlensky. Between the years 2007-2009 studied with Daniele Morandini, principal trombone of the „Teatro Alla Scala“. Between the years 2009 – 2014 studyied music performance at Buchmann – Mehta Music Academy, Tel-Aviv University, with the teachers Daniele Morandini and Micha Davis, the bass trombone player of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. since 2015 studying in the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater Rostock with the Teacher Jamie Williams, principal trombone of the Deutsche Oper.
Between the years 2006-2014 won Scholarships from the America- Israel Foundation.
Between the years 2008-2012 participated Masterclasses at Buchmann – Mehta Music Academy, Tel-Aviv University, with trombone players as: Nitzan Haroz, principal trombone of Los-Angeles Philharmonic, Andrea Bandini principal trombone of de la Suisse Romande Genève, Simone Periccioli and Juan Manuel Real, principal trombone of Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana.
Since 2007, Amit is a substitute member of various orchestras and ensembles in Israel and since 2012, a member of the Israel Symphony Orchestra, Israel Opera Orchestra, as the bass trombone player of the orchestra.
Raphaël Reiter was born in Nice (France), on the 14th of february 1987. Multiinstrumentalist (cello, euphonium, valve trombone, bass trombone, piano, shofar and voice) , Raphaël has played, in ensembles and as a soloist, in some of the most prestigious concert halls and festivals, across Europe and the USA, both in jazz and classical music. (Royal Albert hall, Tanglewood Music Festival, North Sea Jazz, Crest Jazz Vocal, Cadogan Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Théâtre du Chatelet, Opéra de Dijon, Opéra de Nice, Cité de la Musique…)! !
He moved from France to England in 2005 to pursue his career and studies as a Euphonium player, in the studio of Steven Mead. He has played with the world’s highest ranked brass bands (Black Dyke Mills band, Yorshire Building Society Band, Faireys Brass band…) !
In 2007, Raphaël decided to dedicate himself to his own compositions, jazz and improvised music, and moved to Amsterdam, then Paris. There he founded his trio with which he has been playing concerts across Europe since 2012.! ! In 2014, Raphaël enters Jamie Williams’s trombone class at the HMT Rostock on Bass Trombone.!
Raphaël is also very active as a composer in modern classical music, and is often commissioned pieces by various ensembles. (Master recital music for the bass trombone class at the Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse de Paris , trombone section of the Orchestre National de France, large orchestra and string quartets for the album «Un Moi et Quelques» by Yona Yacoub, and most recently, for the project : «Reconstruction» for brass ensemble, percussion, dance and text. Raphaël was also named artist director, for Music, Photography, and visual designs for that show. ! !!
Raphaël recently released 2 albums as a leader.
«Almost» with his trio ËL (Raphaël Reiter: composition, valve trombone, voice ; Noé Macary: Piano ; Alexandre Perrot : Double Bass)
( www.el-music.bandcamp.com ) and with Award Winning Duo Dabrowski Reiter: «Prologue» (Elise Dabrowski : mezzo soprano and Doublebass, Raphaël Reiter: Piano, valve trombone). (www.duodabrowskireiter.bandcamp.com )!
These albums have been regularly featured on National Radio shows, and specialized press.! !!“
The music is wonderful, deep in atmosphere yet clear in texture and expressive intent. I was captivated ! He plays like a master and has obviously drawn into his orbit his colleagues of outstanding abilities. Bravo, Bravi tutti!“ Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Yehudi Wyner. !
«Poignant…» Eric Reed !
«Man you can play !! » Wynton Marsalis !
«Very beautiful sound and lyrical conception of improvisation» Conrad Herwig !
«Already plays like a singer sings. Who’s going to be the next «voice» on valve trombone ? Maybe Raphael Reiter» Bob Ramsdell.
Adrián Castro Capuz was born in Huesca (Spain) in 1989. Adrián started his studies at the age of 12 with valve trombone with Manolo Vara, brass teacher of the Huesca Wind Band. At the age 16, Adrián enrolled the Huesca Profesional Conservatory, where he was a student of Rubén Velasco (bass trombone) and Javier Gonzalo (tenor trombone).
He started his orchestral development in Cabaletta Orchestra. He performed ‘Colors for trombone’ as a solist with Symphonic Band of Youth Aragón Institute with Bert Appermont conducting.
At the age of 21 Adrián started his Bachelor studies in Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón with Ximo Vicedo and Daniel Perpiñán. During these years he was a member of many orchestras such as Maribor International Orchestra (MIO), Schleswig Holstein Music Festival Orchestra, Katalonia Youth Orchestra (JONC), Castellón Youth Orchestra (JOSC) and he was an active member doing concerts with Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra (GMJO), European Youth Orchestra (EUYO), Netherlands Youth Orchestra (NJO), Euskal Herria Youth Orchestra (EGO). He has also performed with Spanish Radio Television Orchestra.
Adrián has played with Orquesta Reino de Aragón with international soloists such as Natalia Gutman and Aldo Ciccolini in Riva de Garda Festival.
In addition he used to take part in Contemporary Ensemble and the Baroque Orchestra of CSMA.
In these years he took lessons with Carlos Gil, Indalecio Bonet, Abbie Connant, Gilles Millière, Michel Becquet, Jorgen van Rijen, Stefan Schulz, Ian Bousfield, Denis Wick and Chris Houlding.
Currently, Adrián is studying orchestral master with Jamie Williams at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Rostock.
Since September 2015, Adrián has been a member of the Orchesterakademie of the Komische Oper in Berlin. He will be playing there for 2 seasons.
Born in 1988 in Waren (Müritz) Matthes Günther started his musical education at the age of eight. He received his first lessons by Christian Heuschkel at the Kreismusikschule Müritz, initially on the euphonium which he won prizes with at the national youth competition „Jugend musiziert“ in 2001 and 2003. Impressed by its pure sound and smart look he switched to the trombone in 2003 and started to play in various brass ensembles.
From 2007 to this day he has played in several orchestras such as Landesjugendorchester Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Albert-Schweitzer-Jugendorchester Hamburg, RIAS Youth Orchestra Berlin and junge norddeutsche philharmonie. In 2008 he joined the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock receiving lessons by Joachim Elser (Staatskapelle Berlin). Since 2010 he studies with Jamie Williams (Deutsche Oper Berlin).
Nuno Miguel Morais Henriques was born in 1986, he grew up in a small village near Lisbon. He was introduced to music by his grandfather. He started his studies at the local conservatory and continued his studies at Escola Profissional de Música de Espinho (high school), Escola Superior de Artes Aplicadas and Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa where he studied trombone and chamber music with the teachers Alexandre Vilela, Severo Martinez, Abel Pereira and Ismael Santos. In addition he attended private lessons and master classes with authorities including Brandt Attema, Stefan Schulz, Joseph Alessi, Charles Vernon, James Markey, Csaba Wagner, Bart van Lier, Jonas Bylund, Nitzan Haroz, Jörgen van Rijen, Raymond Munnecom, Hans Stroecker, Michel Becquet, Edgar Manyak, Ben van Dijk, Jon Etterbeek, Christopher Houlding, Niels-Ole Bo Johansen, John Kenny, New Trombone Collective, Anne-Jella Visser, Sérgio Carolino, Oren Marshall, Shmuel Adi-Hersko, Thomas Hauschild and Wolfgang Gaag.
He has been a member of Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, 61. Festival junger Künstler Bayreuth, MusikFilm Orchestra of Feldkirch Festival, Deutsch Franzosische Philharmonie, Junge Sinfonie Berlin, APROARTE National Orchestra, Orquestra Momentum Perpetuum, Templários National Wind Orchestra and Portuguese Youth Symphony,
He has performed frequently with the leading professional orchestras in Portugal such as Funcação Calouste Gulbenkian, Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, Oporto National Orchestra, Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra; as well as the Asko|Schoenberg Ensemble (Netherlands) and Neues Kammerorchester Potsdam (Germany).
In 2008, he premiered and recorded “Corpo e Alma”, a contemporary opera written by the composer Christopher Bochman.
He is a former member of aBrass’Art, a chamber music group with whom he did the national premiere of “Shadowcatcher” (Eric Ewazen) a piece for solo brass quintet and orchestra. At that time he also performed a recital, where he played “Concerto for Bass Trombone” by Ewazen together with the composer on the piano.
He has performed with various chamber music ensembles including Jong Trombone Collective (Netherlands), Trombonamvs, Feldkirch Festival Brass Ensemble (Austria), ANSO Brass Ensemble and he recorded a double CD album with the WildBones Gang.
As a non stereotyped musician he is fascinated by different music genres which led him to collaborate with the Broadway show “The Producers” (portuguese version), Cottas Club Dixieland Band, Julius Funkman, BeZZerA, Act Theatre Company, Reunion Big Jazz Band and HotClub de Portugal big band.
He has been an associate teacher at Conservatório Regional Silva Marques, Conservatório de Música Jaime Chavinha, Escola de Música Canto Firme and “Orquestra Geração” (social-cultural project based on the famous Venezuelan system by Simon Bolivar), at Virtuosi School of Music and he was guest teacher in the BrassFest 2012 (Portugal).
In 2010, he was granted a scholarship by the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian which gave him the opportunity to pursue a Master degree at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, under the guidance of Prof. Brandt Attema, Timothy Dowling and Pete Saunders.
During this period in Netherlands, he has maked presence as a solo and chamber music performer in the following festivals: Amsterdam Composer’s Festival, Classique Festival of The Hague and Holland Festival.
Dillon Swift was born in 1989 in Portland, Maine, USA. He began studying the trombone at age 13 in Satellite Beach, Florida. After graduating from Satellite High School he studied with Tom Brantley at the University of South Florida where he received a Bachelor of Music degree in Trombone Performance.
While still in high school Dillon took part in several music seminars and festivals including the Florida State University Chamber Winds Festival and also the AT&T Youth Ensemble where he performed with the London Symphony Orchestra in Daytona Beach, Florida. He was also a member of the Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra and was a winner of the Concerto Competition in his final year.
While studying at the University of South Florida on artistic and academic scholarship Dillon performed with many different ensembles including the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensembles, Trombone Choir, Chamber Music, and New Music. In 2011 he premiered an award winning composition by Geoff Sheil (First Prize at the 2011 ‚Feis Ceoil‘ Irish National Music Festival Irish Nat’l Music Festival) and performed two Western Hemisphere premiers of works by Chan Hae Lee, a prominent female South Korean composer; the second time being the requested performer by the composer. During his time at USF Dillon also awarded the first ever USF Presser Award, recorded with the critically acclaimed USF Percussion Ensemble, and won the 2012 USF Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Outside of USF Dillon took part in the Eastern Music Festival in 2009 and 2011, The Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria in 2010, and Hot Springs Music Festival in 2011. He was a finalist in the Eastern Music Festival Concerto Competition both years. Dillon was also prominent in the free lancing scene in Florida, travelling all over the state to play in professional jazz bands and orchestras as well as some studio sessions. He was a substitute musician for the Sarasota Opera and Orchestra.
Along with his primary teachers, Dillon has had private lessons with Harold Van Schaik (The Florida Orchestra), David Jackson (University of Michigan), Gregory Cox (Vancouver Symphony), Mark Kellogg (Rochester Philharmonic, Eastman School of Music), Jay Friedman (Chicago Symphony), Michael Mulcahy (Chicago Symphony), Mike Kris (UNC – Chapel Hill, Former member of North Carolina Symphony), and Dr. John Drew (Florida State University). He has performed in master classes with Brandt Attema (Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra), James Markey (New York Philharmonic), Bobby Floyd, Ray Anderson, Don Lucas, Gregory Cox (Vancouver Symphony), John Allred, and Carmen Russo (U.S. Army Field Band).
In 2012 Dillon was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Grant and moved to Rostock, Germany to begin his Master’s Degree in Orchestral Trombone with Jamie Williams (Deutsche Oper Berlin) at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock.
Dillon won the academy trombone position with the Norddeutsche Philharmonie. After a successful audition, he was granted the Deutschland Stipendium in 2013.
Daniel Téllez was born in Barcelona (Katalonia, Spain) in 1994. He started playing the Euphonium during 3 months with Vicenç Navarro and then he changed to the trombone with Dani Navarro at the age of 8. He started following his musical studies in Conservatori Municipal de Música de Barcelona (CMMB) from the age of 12 until 18 years with Miquel Badia and Gabi Mateu. He is a member of the amateur Banda Simfònica de Roquetes Nou Barris- Barcelona (wind orchestra), and has been playing during three years with Sant Andreu Jazz Band (a young Big Band with three CD’s recorded, the last one with the participation of Wycliffe Gordon, Terell Staford and Jesse Davis). From 2009 until 2011 he was member of JONC- Alevins, and then he joined to the JONC (Katalanish National Young Orchestra). Daniel was one of the three winners of the soloists’ competition in CMMB on 2010, and he won the Honor Prize at the end of his last year at the CMMB. In September of 2012 he moved to Rostock (Germany) to start studying with Jamie Williams as “Gasthörer”.
Currently Daniel studies Bachelor with Jamie Williams in Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock.
In 2013, Dani was awarded the Gilberto Gagliardi Prize at the International Trombone Association in Georgia, USA and in 2015, he was the winner of the Robert Marstellar and the Lewis van Haney Competitions in Valencia, Spain.
At age 19, Dani won a position as a member of the Karajan Akademie in the Berlin Philharmonic. In his summers, he plays with Youth Orchestras, such as Schleswig-Holstein (2013) or Gustav Mahler (2016).
geboren 1990 in Bad Schwalbach, erhielt bereits im Alter von vier Jahren Klavierunterricht. Als er im Alter von zehn Jahren ein Blechbläserkonzert hörte, entschied er sich für die Posaune. Den ersten Unterricht hatte er bei Joachim Tobschall an der Wiesbadener Musik-und Kunstschule.
Als Mitglied von Wiesbaden Symphonic Brass und anderer Kammermusikensembles führten ihn Tourneen durch England, Estland und Frankreich. Florian ist mehrfacher Bundespreisträger des Wettbewerbes „Jugend Musiziert“. An der Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Frankfurt begann er 2007 ein Frühstudium in der Klasse von Prof. Oliver Siefert. In demselben Jahr wurde er Mitglied im Landesjugendsinfonieorchester Hessen. Das Staatstheater Wiesbaden engagierte Florian mehrfach für Bühnenmusik. Er nahm an Meisterkursen bei Prof. Werner Schrietter und Prof. Jonas Bylund teil.
Zurzeit studiert Florian Posaune an der Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock bei Jamie Williams.
Im Sommer 2013 war Florian Mitglied des Pacific Music Festival Orchestra and Baltic Youth Orchestra.
Florian Becher ist momentan Akademist der Essener Philharmoniker.