The KesselBLECH BRASS Festival Stuttgart is an ambitious music festival on an international level, which will present a week full of brass art for the first time between 10 and 18 July 2021, It sees itself as a cross-genre festival for young and old, for amateurs and professionals, for enthusiastic brass fans and all other music lovers.
The core of the festival is an international competition in the four subjects trumpet, horn, trombone and tuba, which is supervised by top-class artists. In addition, workshops are offered in which pupils and students as well as ambitious hobby brass players can refine their brass knowledge.
There is also an exciting and varied program of events with film screenings, introductory offers for children and young people, cultural management seminars and concerts inside and outside the university - framed by the legendary “Hock am Turm” and the final concert of the first prize winners.
This unique combination of music competition, master classes, concerts and special program makes Stuttgart shine - shine with it!
Wolfgang Bauer, Christian Lampert,
Henning Wiegrabe & Stefan Heimann
Countdown Kesselblech Festival
An innovative and ambitious music festival on an international level is to be established in Stuttgart. The typical brass sound together with a new festival format - a combination of music competition, master classes, special program and concert formats - should leave a lasting mark and further polish the splendor of the city of music in Stuttgart.
The festival will be held for the first time from 11th to 19th July 2020 as an event of the Stuttgart University of Music and Performing Arts (followed by a two-year cycle). The festival week kicks off with the already established and popular event “Hock am Turm” at the Stuttgart University of Music and Performing Arts - next year with a focus on BRASS!
The initial spark.
The "Blech" has a home in Stuttgart, that applies not only to the "holy brass" but also to the brass section of the renowned Stuttgart University of Music and Performing Arts. The four professors
• Wolfgang Bauer (trumpet)
• Christian Lampert (horn),
• Henning Wiegräb (trombone)
• Stefan Heimann (tuba)
won the state teaching prize in 2017 and found that there is no festival with a high level of international competition in the brass section in Germany. The idea was already born to use part of the prize money to close this gap and that KesselBLECH BRASS Festival Stuttgart to start.
But: the implementation of this idea requires a lot of effort. The four initiators are therefore supported by eleven master students from the Institute for Cultural Management at the University of Education Ludwigsburgwho are at the side of a project work with organization and conception. As the first months have shown, the cooperation between the two universities creates a productive win-win situation.
The core of the festival is an international competition that is intended to reflect the high artistic and educational level of the Stuttgart University of Music and Performing Arts. For this, internationally outstanding musicians could be won, who enrich the festival in different functions.
• Pacho Flores (Venezuela / Spain), trumpet
• Premysl Vojta (Czech Republic / Germany), Horn
• Jan Bousfield, (England / Switzerland), trombone
• Sérgio Carolino (Portugal), tuba
act as jury members of the competition, are lecturers of exclusive workshops and perform as interpreters in top-class concerts that run through the entire week of the festival.
The guests are flanked by the brass team of the Stuttgart University. Wolfgang Bauer, Christian Lampert, Henning Wiegräb and Stefan Heimann also slip into several roles and act as jurors, lecturers and in the concert hall.