International Trumpet Course, Poland: July 2013
15 July 2013

Paul, Thomas Slusarczyk, Wacław Mulak, Vladimir Pushkarev & Piotr Wojtasik
It's been quite a week! Over 40 European trumpeters descended on the quiet town of Kolbuszowa in eastern Poland to study with some legendary figures in the trumpet world.
I was invited to join a stellar list of tutors that included Vladimir Pushkarev, Professor at the Russian Gniessinych National Academy of Music and was, for many years, principal trumpet of the Ministry of Culture, USSR Symphony Orchestra under Gennadi Rhodesvensky. A major figure in Russian brass music over the last forty years he brought a lifetime of experience working with some of the great Russian musicians, conductors and composers.

Wacław Mulak is Professor at the Academy of Music, Krakow and principal trumpet of the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra whilst Tomasz Ślusarczyk, Professor at the Academy of Music, Bydgoszcz, has been principal trumpet of various orchestras in Poland and is now regarded as one of the world's leading exponent of the natural trumpet.

Piotr Wojtasik is Professor at the Academy of Music, Katowice and, as a jazz musician, has worked with many leading names including Wynton Marsalis.

Resident at both the Kolbuszowa Music School and the historic Kolbuszowa Palace, a beautiful building set in magnificent grounds, the trumpet course, supported by the Ministry of Culture in Poland, allowed the students the chance to work with the tutors and to discuss the many different musical styles that were represented. All the students benefitted from individual time with the tutors and also worked in ensembles towards a final concert in the magnificent church situated just outside the centre of Kolbuszowa.

It's been a great week and I'll be looking forward to joining Thomas Slusarczyk, the course organizer, and his team next year. The course welcomes trumpeters from the UK so if you are interested in joining us next year then do contact me as I know the organizers would be delighted to see you.
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