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Nine Trumpets and One Piano is an album of works dedicated to leading trumpeter Fábio Brum and written for the classically conceived combination of trumpet or other high brass instruments and piano. The composers are drawn from across the globe, though the majority live in South America, and represent a wide variety of stylistic backgrounds. The music is exciting and vibrant – not least in its dancing, driving rhythms – and exploits neo-Classical traditions as well as minimalism, jazz and folklore, all heard here in world premiere recordings.

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Fabio Brum is one of the leading trumpet soloists of the younger generation. A stupendous virtuosity, rich feeling for sounds and good taste for all styles is his trademark. His South American origins carried him in his youth to North American University in Louisville and later finally to Europe to the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe, Germany .

On his brand new release he shows all his talent, creativity with an entertaining mixed Programme of Spanish, Italian and Brazilian influences. Also the only original solo piece for cornet à pistons from the outstanding Virtuoso Theodor Charlier (1868-1944) you can hear in the world premiere version with orchestra. On all the pieces Fabio Brum is using different sizes of cornets à pistons, bigger and smaller one’s. This instrument had his great moments in the music of Hector Berlioz, Claude Debussy and Igor Strawinsky and on this CD as well. Fabio Brum shows the different color, mostly more dark and round in perfect master ship, so we wait impatient for CD Nr.2.  BRAVO and COMPLIMENTS for Nr.1 © 2020 Reinhold Friedrich

Fábio is a musician of several qualities, with technical skill combined with a musical sensitivity that the repertoire chosen for this album reveals in a striking way. The proposal is to show the diversity of the instruments of the trumpet family, which he handles with ease, in pieces specially arranged for the project. © 2020 Concerto Magazine

I am delighted to know and be friends with this wonderful musician Fábio Brum! I believe he is one of the greatest trumpeters of our day.  His phrasing and musicality lead us to believe in a divine gift. © 2020 Roberto Tibiriçá

Brazilian trumpet virtuoso, Fabio Brum, takes us through a whole family of brass instruments...the Cornets in G and D are elegantly smooth in Brum’s relaxed performances ... That final section will be the first time the instrument has been heard, the cornet specially made for this recording session. © 2020 David's Review Corner

…This is a collection of transcriptions for trumpet solo, and one of its high points is that soloist Fabio Brum plays eight different instruments.

I am especially interested in, and impressed by, Theo Charlier’s ‘Solo de concours’, a standard work for cornet and piano but presented here in an orchestration by composer Oscher. Blum’s performance on cornet is excellent, as are all of his readings on this enjoyable album. © 2020 American Record Guide

The aria from Vivaldi’s opera Griselda, arranged for Brum by Ángel Mendoza (b. 1987), makes an excellent program opener. The original is far more instrumental than vocal in style, replete as it is with rapid-fire repeated notes, rollercoaster scales, arpeggiated figures, frequent bounces from one extreme of register to the other, and a two-octave-plus range—perfect material for appropriation by a wind instrument. Listening to Brum’s splendid performance makes one wonder if it’s even possible to sing such music. © 2021 Fanfare 

The immediately striking things about the programme on this CD are, first, the number of different instruments Fábio Brum plays and, secondly, how much of the music is newly arranged from very disparate sources. An operatic aria by Vivaldi, piano music by Isaac Albeniz and the best known of the Bachianas Brasileiras by Villa-Lobos. There is, of course, no intrinsic problem with either of these things, and my initial listening confirmed the security of Fábio Brum’s technique across the instruments he plays…

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Following on the release in July 2020 of music demonstrating the family of brass instruments, the Brazilian virtuoso, Fabio Brum, displays nine differing trumpets.

That involves eight Twentieth century composers from around the Western world exploring the potential of a trumpet and piano duo, and I guess many people who buy this disc will be unaware that there are so many variants on a well-known instrument. Opening in South America with last year’s offering from the Argentinian composer Daniel Freiberg, Preludio played on a B flat trumpet is both glittering and jolly. In the shape of a two-movement Sonata, Serendipia, from the Spanish composer, Santiago Baez, is the disc’s most extended work, its style being a 2020 view friendly tonality with some interesting harmonic twists and turns. Here played on two trumpets—an orchestral B flat and a piccolo trumpet—corno, flugelhorn and horn in F, Brum readily moves from a creamy-smooth quality, for the slow ‘movement’, to a finale with its virtuoso presto conclusion. Brazil is represented by Gilson Santos’s jazzy Canzua, a trial of dexterity for both performers; Douglas Braga’s four movements of Cor, mostly for cornets; and Dimitri Cervo is represented by a part of the violin concerto reduced to a version for trumpet and piano. Concluding this international tour we have pure jazz from England with Misha Mullov-Abbado’s Cancon de Sobriedade. A disc for ‘trumpet’ connoisseurs who will I readily recognize the difference between instruments and the quality of performance from, the much travelled and critically acclaimed Brazilian, Fabio Brum. In a close-up recording, the Spanish pianist, Santiago Baez, gives an ideal and detailed accompaniment. © 2022 David’s Review Corner

The first solo album by Brazilian trumpeter Fábio Brum, entitled Egregore + and signed by the Naxos label, is a commitment to a new way of doing ... This album, added to his successful career, positions him as one of the most outstanding trumpet players in his generation and as the first performer to mark the future of the coloratura of brass instruments... © 2020 Irene Littfack

 
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Brazilian born Fábio Brum is an international trumpet artist. He has lived and studied in five different countries and appeared in more than thirty countries around the world as a soloist, orchestral performer and teacher. 

 

He grew up in a family with two major passions: soccer and music. After his parents first tried in vain to turn him into a football player, his grandfather decided to train him as a musician. He dedicated his first solo CD "EGREGORE +" to his grandfather, to whom he is very grateful. 

 

During his career, he won several prizes and awards at International Music Competitions, such as at the Cittá di Porcia International Competition, the Prague Spring International Competition, the Juan García Marín International Trumpet Competition, Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Competition, International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition and many others. Brum has also received various scholarships and awards including the Novara Award, DAAD, Baden-Württemberg Stipend, Lake Placid Institute Scholarship, Leon Rapier Memorial Scholarship and the Melvin Dickinson Scholarship. 

 

Some of the prestigious ensembles that Fábio has actuated with include the Canadian Brass, Orquesta de la Radio Televisión Española (Spain), Ensemble Intercontemporain (France), Orchester des Staatstheater Darmstad (Germany), Orquesta Nacional de España (Spain), Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo (Brazil), Banda da Guarda Nacional Republicana (Portugal), The Brass Company Quintet (United States), and many others. Fabio has collaborated with well known conductors such as, Lorin Maazel, Semion Bychkov, Matthias Pintscher, among others. 

 

Fábio appreciates to work with composers. He already received new and dedicated pieces from Santiago Báez, Douglas Braga, Dimitri Cervo, Pacho Flores, Daniel Freiberg, Angelo Martins, Antonio Moral, Misha Mullov-Abbado, Efraín Oscher, Gabriele Roberto, Gilson Santos, Nicola Tescari, Juan Carlos Valencia Ramos and others.

 

Fábio’s debut album named “EGREGORE+" is a combination of these exclusive new compositions and arrangements. Using multiple special instruments Fábio expresses his ideas, concerns and love for making music, balancing the new and creative with a deep respect for the established art form. 

 

Fábio has recently released a revolutionary CD, “Nine Trumpets and One Piano”, with the Spanish pianist and composer Santiago Báez. A CD showcasing exclusive pieces composed for him by different contemporary composers, drawing clear inspiration from the traditions of different countries. Brum’s third CD, “ALCHEMY” in collaboration with the Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra and maestro Noan Zur will be released in September 2022. 

 

Fábio acted as Principal Trumpet of the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira (Brazil) and of the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla (Spain) for over 10 seasons. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville (USA) and of the Hochschule für Musik, Karlsruhe (Germany). 

 

Fábio is an active collaborator and exclusive artist of the distinguished musical instruments company STOMVI, based in Valencia, Spain. 

 

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