Conference Corner By Janos Mazura
03—the first year in a long time without an ITEC. But don’t worry! You can appease your hunger for tuba and euphonium next year in Budapest! Well—hmm. So where is this city exactly?
Budapest is the capital of Hungary, which is a small country in Central Europe—the first stop after Austria if you are heading to East. Our history dates back to 896. After many centuries we gained our real independence in 1989, and, furthermore, we are joining the European Community in May 2004. Budapest is one of the most beautiful European cities on the banks of the Danube River with over two million citizens. I can’t begin to try to list the places of interest in our city (you can find information and pictures at http://www.explore-budapest.com).
The conference site will be the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, an architectural treasure in the heart of Budapest. Founded by the famous Hungarian composer Franz Liszt, it has served Hungarian music education and concert life for 130 years. The academy has a Great Hall with excellent acoustics, a Small Hall, and many chamber halls and practice rooms (www.musicacademy.hu). Plus, in the case that you are filled up with music and need a beer—just step outside and you’ll be surrounded by restaurants, pubs, coffees, and the sparkling life of a metropolis.
At this wonderful location, we are going to put together the most exiting and colorful program. We intend to feature all aspects of euphonium and tuba performance. You will listen to the greatest soloists in the world, which includes the “old gurus” as well as the “young tigers.” There will be lectures on saxhorns, German-type “Baritons,” and other historic instruments. We will have demonstrations on the tuba and euphonium as used in the traditional European folk music—you will hear Klezmer and Balkan music as well as the “sramli” music of Germans living in Hungary.
Our instruments have developed an important role in jazz and blues, and this will certainly be a prominent feature of our conference. The tuba and the euphonium will lead the big band, and interesting bands from all over the world will illustrate contemporary experiments on the borders of classical, jazz, and folk music. Our jazz club will be open every night!
As always, there will be competitions with valuable prizes. The head jury of the Artist and Young Artist Tuba category is Roger Bobo, and the Artist and Young Artist Euphonium is Steven Mead. We’ll have the Tuba Quartet Competition with Gábor Adamik of the Hungarian State Opera as head jury and prizes for the best Orchestral Tuba players as well with László Szabó, Professor of Low Brass at the Liszt Academy, as head jury. The jazz players can also show up in front of the jury led by Jon Sass. Lastly, we revive a tradition: the Street Music Competition! The lucky ones who have attended the conference in Riva del Garda should remember this great event!
What if mama doesn’t let you? Never mind! Bring the whole family! We take care of moms, dads, girlfriends, boyfriends, wives, husbands and children! You can relax, listen to music, try instruments, meet friends—your family will enjoy their stay in Hungary just as much as you. We can arrange interesting programs for them during the ITEC, in Budapest, over Hungary or even trips to Vienna or Prague! Anyway, with or without family, you will enjoy 20-25 July 2004 in Budapest! Our website, www.itec2004.com, always gives you the latest information about the event. Support our work! Complete and return the questionnaire on the website and win a free registration or ITEC T-shirts!
See you in Hungary!
János Mazura, host