Different trumpet teachers have been part of Menorca Brass through the years.

In the Menorca Brass IX edition we are pleased to have Javier Alcaraz as trumpet teacher for the trumpet brass course, a professor with a huge experience playing trumpet.

Find in the below some more info about the Menorca Brass XIX edition trumpet teachers.

Javier Alcaraz – Trumpet course

Javier Alcaraz

BIRTHDATE AND PLACE: Torre Pacheco, Murcia, 1987,

Javier Alcaraz is teachear in the Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Alcalá de Henares (Madrid). Previously, he was an associated teacher in the Conservatori Superior de Música de les Illes Balears (Mallorca).  He has also taught masterclasses at Grand Valley State University (Michigan) and the “System of Choirs and Orchestras” (El Salvador). He is also the organizer of the Alcalá TrumpetFest, a trumpet festival with guest artists from all over the national territory, as well as from abroad.

Throughout his formative years, he has participated in meetings of the JONDE, Mahler Academy, ESMRS Orchestra, OJRM and JOGV. His first trumpet teacher was Jesús Añado. He finished his Professional Degree with Conrado Gastaldo. J. Alcaraz finished his higher studies at the “Joaquín Rodrigo” Conservatory of Music in Valencia with Juan Carlos Alandete and José Ortí as teachers. He has a Master’s Degree in Musical Research from the International University of Valencia.

As an orchestral musician, Javier has performed with the National Orchestra of Spain, the Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Madrid Symphony Orchestra, the Navarra Symphony Orchestra, the Euskadi Symphony Orchestra, the Córdoba Orchestra, the Oviedo Philharmonic, the Vallés Symphony Orchestra and Municipal Band of Barcelona. Javier has worked under the baton of Kent Nagano, Daniel Harding, Christoph Eschenbach, Simone Young, Nicola Luisotti, Juanjo Mena and David Afkham, among others; in auditoriums and theaters such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles Opera, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Palau de la Música Catalana and Gran Teatre del Liceu.

Javier has recently recorded an album with Spanish Original Flugels and Trumpets, featuring all the works for the trumpet ensemble by composer James M. Stephenson. He regularly performs with the Madrid Trumpet Consort, a group based in Madrid that performs Renaissance and Baroque music for trumpet with historical instruments.

Over the last few years he has been tutored by David Elton and David Bilger, as well as Håkan Hardenberger through the Online Grafenegg Academy 2020. Javier has attended masterclasses by Jeroen Berwaerts, Gábor Tarkövi, Omar Tomasoni, Michael Sachs, Joe Burgstaller, Allen Vizzutti and Reinhold Friedrich. He has traveled to the United States and Germany to take lessons with: Guillaume Jehl, Tom Rolfs, Ben Wright, Felix Wilde, Mark Ridenour, Tage Larsen, Mike Myers and John Henes. In Spain, he has received classes or attended courses with Pep Casado, Mireia Farrés, Adán Delgado, Juan Antonio Martínez, Luis González, Manuel Blanco, Roberto Bodí, Rubén Marqués, César Asensi, Carlos Megías, Juan Antonio Soriano, David Llavata, Antonio Martí, Miguel Ángel Torres, Ángel Serrano, Juanjo Serna, Carlos Benetó, Cristian Ibáñez and José Cháfer.


Uwe Köller – Trumpet Masterclass

BIRTHDATE AND PLACE: 1964, Neuss.

He began his successful trumpet career in 1978 when he first became a student of Rodney Miller in Düsseldorf and later of Pierre Thibauld in Paris (until 1985).

He then went on to Martin Kretzer (1986-1988) as a fellow of the “Herbert von Karajan Foundation”. After these extraordinarily inspiring academic years, he began his career as a solo trumpeter with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra and has been a solo trumpeter with the Deutsche Oper Berlin since 1991.

Since 1997, Uwe Köller has been teaching as a professor at the University of Performing Arts and Music in Graz, where he has been a full-time trumpet professor since September 2000. The enthusiastic teacher of his field has been on tour with GERMAN BRASS as a permanent member since 1995.