The game-changing brass quintet Canadian Brass has performed in virtually every major concert hall in the world, been seen by hundreds of millions of people on television, sold 2 million of their approximately 100 albums worldwide and contributed nearly 600 new works and arrangements to the brass quintet repertoire. The first brass ensemble to tour China and the first to play the main stage at Carnegie Hall, they are almost single-handedly responsible for elevating the art of the brass quintet to what it is today.
Canadian Brass is made up of five extraordinary talents: visionary founder, tuba legend Chuck Daellenbach plus four of the next generation’s top brass stars—Caleb Hudson and Christopher Coletti (trumpets), Achilles Liarmakopoulos (trombone) and Bernhard Scully (horn). Beyond their unbelievable technical skills and musicality, each player possesses the creativity, good humor and genuine love of performing that has become the hallmark of Canadian Brass.
When asked in an interview about finding a balance between virtuosity and entertainment, Mr. Daellenbach said the ensemble is “very conscious of the fact that when we were in the concert environment, these people have made an effort to come. We’re really grateful. Now it’s our responsibility to make sure that they have a really nice experience while they’re there, meaning they hear some of the greatest music ever written. They’re also entertained. For whatever reason you can listen to a string quartet for an hour, an hour-and-a-half, two hours and it seems to make sense. Brass can get a little tedious. So we’re very conscious that, maybe because of the power of brass, we’re conscious of the fact that we want to vary the experience. So we kind of make the effort of being sure to play Bach, but we also do early American jazz and we also have some fun with the opera, Carmen. So the variety is inside of the programming that we do.”