Empire Brass

Empire Brass

Derek Lockhart, Trumpet | Eric Berlin, Trumpet | Victor Sungarian, French Horn | Greg Spiridopoulos, Trombone | Kenneth Amis, Tuba
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"They simply have no competition... any Empire Brass performance live or on a recording sends a thrill of pleasure through your nervous system." —THE BOSTON GLOBE

"If there is a brass quintet that has more charisma, virtuosity and imagination than the Empire Brass, it hasn't yet played Chicago." —THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE

"They exhibited virtuosity and versatility far beyond the normal call of concert duty. You have not often heard an ensemble that played with more gusto than this one." —NEW YORK TIMES


Both the Empire Brass and CAMI mourn the passing of its founder, the incomparable, Rolf Smedvig. As per Rolf's wishes, the legacy will continue.

The Empire Brass enjoys an international reputation as North America's finest brass quintet, renowned for its brilliant virtuosity and the unparalleled diversity of its repertoire.

The five musicians - all of whom have held leading positions with major American orchestras - perform over 100 concerts a year in cities such as New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington, London . . .

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