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Giuliano Sommerhalder

Giuliano Sommerhalder


Giuliano Sommerhalder

In 2003, a year before completing his schooling, he carried off the second prize at the renowned international music competition of the ARD broadcasting network in Munich and was the joint winner of the Maurice André competition in Paris, after having won other important contests, such as the Prague Spring Festival (2003), the Timofei Dokschitzer Competition in Vilnius (2002), the Concertino Praga (2001) and the Tchaikovsky Conservatory Competition in Moscow (1997). In 2008 he was accepted into the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme.

As a 19-year-old he was part of Claudio Abbados’ Orchestra Mozart in Bologna, one year later he was chosen by Lorin Maazel as solo trumpist for his Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana in Valencia. From 2006-2011 he had the same position hat the “Gewandhausorchester” in Leipzig conucted by Riccardo Chailly. Afterwards he played in Amsterdam’s “Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest” under Mariss Jansons until 2013. Furthermore he is part of the ensemble “Italian Wonderbrass” since 2006.

Giuliano Sommerhalder was born into a german-russian musician family, was born in 1985 in Zürich and grew up in ticino and in italy. His professors were Pierluigi Salvi in Como and Max Sommerhalder in Detmold. Other important stimuli were Maurice André, Eric Aubier, Stephen Burns, Pierre Thibaud, Hans Gansch and James Thompson.

As a soloist on both modern and historical instruments, Giuliano Sommerhalder has appeared throughout Europe, in America, Asia, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, at the Vienna Musikverein (where he played Bach's Second Brandenburg Concerto), the Berlin Philharmonie (both the Great and the Chamber Music Halls) and other important venues, at the Lucerne Festival, the City of London Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. He has performed as a soloist with ensembles such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the NDR Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester of Berlin, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the NDR Philharmonic Orchestra in Hanover, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, the Moscow Soloists, the Basle Chamber Orchestra, the MDR Symphony Orchestra in Leipzig, and the symphony orchestras of the Czech and Polish broadcasting corporations.

In 2015 he has performed the Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings by Shostakovich, with Martha Argerich and the Symphony Orchestra of Santa Cecilia in Rome under the baton of Yuri Temirkanov. He has toured New Zealand, Costa Rica, Taiwan and Macao, and will finish off his year with a performance of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 at the Cologne Philharmonie, as well as two New Year's Eve concerts with the Munich Chamber Orchestra at the Cuvillés Theatre.

Giuliano Sommerhalder's discography includes two solo albums, "Romantic Virtuosity", a collection of virtuosic masterpieces of the german-russian Romanticism, and "Amilcare Ponchielli - Concertos", dedicated to the great Italian composer Amilcare Ponchielli (1834-1886) and featuring his concertos for trumpet and euphonium as well as a capriccio for oboe (with Roland Fröscher, Euphonium, and Simone Sommerhalder, Oboe).

In 2012, the Ponchielli Album was awarded the prestigious ECHO-Klassik Music Prize in the category “Concerto Recording of the Year / 19th Century”.

On baroque trumpet, he has recorded Johann Friedrich Fasch's Trumpet Concerto in D Major. He is also featured in four albums of the Gewandhaus Orchestra, performing J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 and the Christmas Oratorio, among others.


Hummel Trumpet Concerto 1st mov. - Giuliano Sommerhalder


Hummel Trumpet Concerto mvts. 2&3 - Giuliano Sommerhalder


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