Chamber music played on brass instruments has become a rather unusual occurrence perhaps because of the rapid growth of size and power of the modern trumpet and trombone. Demands made upon orchestral players in ever increasingly large concert halls have pushed instrument construction and technique in the direction of greater projection, brilliance and volume. Not so very long ago brass instruments were less strident and in many cases very well suited to a more intimate style of performance.
This evening, Salon 1900 will perform both original works and transcriptions of music written either side of the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. Works by Elgar, Hoist and Vaughan-Williams will be joined by some lesser-known but nonetheless significant composers of the era in a performance upon historic instruments (instruments once owned and played by both Elgar and Hoist will both make an appearance).
The trumpeter Robert Vanryne became a brass finalist at the age of sixteen in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. He Graduated with a Bachelor of music degree from Royal Holloway College, London University, and continued his studies on the trumpet as a postgraduate at the Royal College of Music with Michael Laird.
He has both performed and recorded regularly with Europe’s major orchestras most notably those specialising in period instrument performance. He is also an instrument maker and has made copies of historic trumpets, currently played by many of the world’s leading musicians.
His most recent enterprise is a CD production with the Kölner Akademie under the direction of Michael Alexander Willens, of previously unrecorded pieces for early chromatic trumpet, including works composed for various types of valve-trumpet, keyed-trumpet and cornet. Recorded exclusively on historical instruments, either built or renovated in his own workshop, the recording features unusual works by Giuseppe Verdi, Leopold Kozeluch and Conradin Kreutzer.