The International Willson Low Brass Quintet
Founded in 2017, the International Willson Low Brass Quintet is a new and exciting experiment in brass chamber music. By combining the vibrant timbres of saxhorns and tuba, this ensemble has created a new soundscape for the lowest members of the brass family. As a celebration of their transatlantic ensemble, their most recent season has featured the music of composers from France and the United States (including Paul Dukas, Patrice Caratini, and Leonard Bernstein).
The International Willson Low Brass Quintet includes the members of the Paris-based Opus 333 Quatuor de Saxhorns and New York-based tubist, David Earll (pictured above, from left-to-right: Vianney Desplantes, Patrick Wibart, David Earll, Corentin Morvan, Jean Daufresne). These musicians met during their residency at the 2016 International Tuba/Euphonium Conference Willson Instrument Booth (where Opus 333 was promoting the new WillSax Saxhorn, and David was promoting the Willson Tuba product lines), and made plans to form this new quintet for several performances in France during the Summer of 2017.
After their successful debut performance at the Conservatoire Municipal de Musique of Chateau de Thierry, France, the International Willson Low Brass Quintet knew that there was great potential for this experimental ensemble. They set their next performance for the Spanish Association of Tubas and Euphoniums Festival 2018 in Madrid. Beyond the phenomenal reception of their performance at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid, their time together in Madrid has spurred them on pursue a new program of "Songs from Our Youth" for their upcoming performances in 2019.
Look forward to more exciting performances by the International Willson Low Brass Quintet during their upcoming 2019 tour in the United States, Germany, and more!