Ewald Brass Ensemble
"The Ewald Brass Quintet paid tribute to their namesake in a rare performance of a Quintet in Db flat by Victor Ewald.
... Swooping trumpet melodies... virtuoso Ewald Quintet."

(London Times)

Brass Ensemble

Ewald Brass Ensemble

Ewald Brass Ensemble

Ewald Brass Ensemble

The Ewald Brass Quintet is perhaps the country’s most talented wind ensemble, open to all styles and trends, to lighter and more serious genres; their only criterion is quality.

The Ensemble was founded in 1996 by former students of Franz Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest). The members of the ensemble are Levente Bakó, Tamás Tarkó, András Kovalcsik, Péter Magyar and Attila Peresztegi. The Ewald Brass Ensemble performs since 2015 sextet and septet formations (János Angyal, Bence Horváth). They are also acknowledged as soloists and awarded to prizes at numerous national competitions. In 1998 at their first participation in international competition, the highest-ranked VII. International Brass Competition in Narbonne (France), they were awarded the first prize and an extra prize by the jury. In the following two years the ensemble won prizes at eight high-ranked international competitions:

1998. Narbonne, France: 1st prize and extra prize
1999. Moers, Germany: 3rd prize
1999. Munich, Germany: 2nd prize
1999. Passau, Germany: 2nd prize
2000. Brehmen, Germany: 1st prize
2000. Jeju city, South-Korea: 1st prize and extra prize
2001. Athen, USA: 2nd prize
2001. Passau, Germany: 2nd prize
2001. Munich, Germany: 1st prize

Prizes - Honors

2000. Bureau for Legal Protection of Copyright awarded the ARTISJUS prize to the quintet for the excellent interpretation of Hungarian contemporary music
2002. Government of the Hungarian Republic honored the Ewald Brass Quintet with Franz Liszt prize
2003. Bureau for Legal Protection of Copyright awarded the ARTISJUS prize
2005. Special Prize of the Hungarian revue Gramofon - Classical & Jazz
2005. Bureau for Legal Protection of Copyright awarded the ARTISJUS prize
2008. Prima Primissima - Prima Junior prize
2010. Bureau for Legal Protection of Copyright awarded the ARTISJUS prize to the quintet for the excellent interpretation of Hungarian contemporary music

CD's - Recordings

1999. West-German Radio of Karlsruhe
2001. "Chamber Music" (CD1) Grammy Records
2002. Hungarian Radio of Budapest
2003. Middle-German Radio of Leipzig
2003. Bayer Radio of Munich
2003. "Popular Music"  (CD2) Allegro Thaler
2005. J. Bellon: Four Brass Quintets (CD3) Hungaroton Records LTD
2006. W. Ramsöe Brass Quartets (CD4) Hungaroton Records LTD
2007. J. Pezel & G. Reiche: Tower sonatas (CD5) Hungaroton Records LTD
2008. J. H. Schein: Chamber Music for Brass (CD6) Hungaroton Records LTD
2008. "Popular Music 2." (CD7) Ewald Brass
2009. Brass5 Pieces by Hungarian Composers (CD8) Hungaroton Records LTD
2010. A. Simon: 22 Little pieces for ensemble, Brass quartet in sonatina form op. 23 (CD9) Hungaroton Records LTD
2011. Frigyes Hidas: Training Patterns (CD10) Hungaroton Records LTD

Major concerts

1998. Hungarian Cultural Festival in Warsaw - Poland
1998. Festival of Winners of International Competitions in Guebwiller - France
1990. 50 year anniversary of Chinese-Hungarian Diplomatic Relations - China
1999. "Swiss Brass Week" - Leukerbad - Switzerland
2001. Hungarian Cultural Festival in Paris - France
2002. International Brass Festival in Jeju - South-Korea
2003. International Book Fair in Zagreb - Croatia
2003. "Magyar Magic" Cultural Festival in London - Great Britain
2004. Hungarian Cultural Festival in Salzburg - Austria
2005. Hungarian Cultural Festival in St.Petersburg and Moscow - Russia
2009. Hungarian Cultural Festival in New York - USA
2010. Asia Tour: Beijing, Seoul, Taipei
2011. United Arab Emirates tour
2014. Minsk, Belarus
2015. Kuwait City, Kuwait

Following December 2003 the ensemble held a national tour at 15 locations sponsored by the GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceutical Company. They are permanent participants of the Spring Festival (Budapest), the Mini Festival (Budapest), the Bartók Seminar (Szombathely) and the Art Days of Zemplén.

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