We’re counting down the months to ITEC 2012. The planned schedule, which you can now see at www.itec2012.at, has so many great events that it’s incredible to imagine that everything can be crammed into just a few days. Well, we think we can do it, and we’d like you to be there to enjoy it all. During the week, the greatest tuba and euphonium players in the world will be accompanied by symphony orchestras in five concerts, wind orchestras in six concerts, brass bands in five concerts and many events with big band. In addition we currently have 38 brass ensembles and groups from around the world as well as many of the world’s leading tuba-euphonium ensembles and more than 80 soloists! In this Olympic year we are proud of our immense list of talent. You will hear these phenomenal musicians in recitals, workshops, clinics, seminars, concerts and master classes with performances each day that begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude somewhere near midnight.
Many important new works will receive their debut performances including those from leading composers such as Bruce Broughton, Johan de Meij, Bertrand Moren, Simon Dobson, Andrew Duncan, Tom Davoren, Andy Scott, Rodney Newton, Pete Meechan, Oliver Waespi, Dana Wilson, Franz Cibulka, Steven Bryant, James Grant, Paul Elwood, Marco Pütz, and many more in prospect. There will be special concerts for composers Rolf Wilhelm and Philip Sparke, both of whom will be in attendance and celebrating important birthdays this year. We also have a very special guest trombonist, perhaps the greatest jazz trombonist in the world today, Wycliffe Gordon.
With other star groups including the legendary Mnozil Brass, The Brass Band of Upper Austria, SoundINNBrass, and several leading Austrian wind orchestras and military orchestras, we feel that you will be in for an incredible experience in Linz. A leading Austrian composer, Thomas Dos, is writing a special signature piece for ITEC 2012 that will be heard many times during the week and then in full, on the banks of the Danube, when we bring together all the young low brass players from Austria, combining their sounds with every delegate with an instrument. What an amazing prospect this is!
Please register as soon as you can. For hotel bookings you can find everything through our site, and you’ll find special rates offered by the Arcotel & OÖTouristik. Don’t delay! Please tell all your friends and colleagues about ITEC 2012.
-Steven Mead, Artistic Director, and the ITEC Committee in Linz