Trumpets in Concert

TRUMPETS IN CONCERT, founded by Leonhard Leeb, earned a well-deserved international repu-tation for superbly performances. All of the members are playing in different ensemble formations and are top soloists. Technical brillance is combined with sensitivity or, like in the words of a fan: “They play as elegant as Cerruti suits!” And this has been since more than two decades, after their jubilee in 2018.

The importance of this ensemble not only becomes evident in the interest of renowned magazines for classical music or such labels like NAXOS, but is also reflected in invitations to international concerts and events like the Bregenzer Festspiele (Bregenz Festival), Carinthischer Sommer (Carinthian Summer) or the Proms at St. Jude’s London, also in the invitation to carry out the musical performance for the inauguration of the Federal President of Austria, Dr. Heinz Fischer, furthermore in first performances and first time performances like the premiere of Fanfare for Carinthia by Sir Peter Maxwell Davis for the opening of the 2004 season of the Carinthian Summer and finally in numerous special recordings. Added to this are extensive concert tours, e. g. in Canada in November 2016 or in China in February 2017.

The trumpeter Leonhard Leeb was born in 1962. In the age of nine he took his first trumpet lessons. He studied at the University of Music Vienna with Carole D. Reinhart and with Josef Pomberger, the principal trumpeter at the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. His further artistic development was determined by master classes with Maurice André, Ludwig Güttler, Pierre Thibaud (contemporary trumpet) and with Adolph Herseth (orchestral literature). He completed his studies with Arturo Sandoval (Jazz), with Edward Tarr (natural trumpet) and with Friedemann Immer (natural trumpet).

In 1989, he appeared for the first time in the Wiener Konzerthaus. Further engagements took him as soloist to the most important Austrian music festivals like the Carinthischer Sommer (Carinthian Summer) and the Festival Wiener Klassik (Festival Viennese Classic). He has been the principal trumpeter during tours with the Berliner Bläserensemble (Berlin Wind Ensemble), the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra of New York and the Moscow Virtuosi (under the direction of Vladimir Spivakov).

Leonhard Leeb is known as a specialist for fanfares, at the latest since the CD “Imperial Fanfares” has been published worldwide by NAXOS International. On that occasion, Leeb appeared as conductor of a 25-member trumpet ensemble and recorded more than 70 fanfares, including own works.

Leonhard Leeb’s movie 8 Miniaturen für Trompete obtained the ASIFA Austria Award 2015 for the best music-based video. In June 2019, he reached with his CD „Requiem for My Friend“ No. 4 of the iTunes Classical Album Charts.

Leonhard Leeb is an educated lawyer and teaches music management at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna since 1993.

Manuel Lichtenwöhrer was born in Upper Austria in 1983. He studied at the University for Music and Performing Arts Graz with Stanko Arnold, at the University of Georgia with Fred Mills, at the University of Music Karlsruhe with Reinhold Friedrich and at the Malmö Academy of Music with Bo Nilsson. One of his most formative teachers is the soloist trumpeter Hakan Hardenberger, with whom he completed his soloist study from 2005 to 2008. He was awarded prizes in national and international trumpet competitions (Gradus ad Parnassum, Intermusica Birkfeld, Trumpet Competition Hungary, Special Prize at the ARD Music Competition Munich).

He has appeared as trumpet soloist with prestigious orchestras and conductors in some of the important concert halls throughout Europe, Asia and America including the Suntory Hall (Tokyo), the Kölner Philharmonie, in the Konzerthaus Wien and in the Atlanta Symphonie Hall. He was invited to renown music festivals like the Budapest Spring Festival, the March Music Days in Rousse, the Bregenzer Meisterkonzerte or the Festival Carinthischer Sommer (Carinthian Summer).

Apart from performing as a soloist, Manuel Lichtenwöhrer appears as a passionate chamber musician and is member of “Trumpets in Concert” and “Magic Brass Vienna”. As a pedagogue, he gives master classes and works as a juror for music competitions.

Gernot Kahofer was born in 1973. He studied at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Carole Dawn Reinhart and with Josef Pomberger, the principal trumpeter at the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. At the same time he completed further studies at the jazz department of the Vienna Conservatory (today MUK – University of the City of Vienna).

His musical activities range from church concerts as soloist to orchestral occupation, appearances with various big bands and to the folk music, in which he is deeply rooted. He teaches at the Music School of Hohenau an der March (Lower Austria), which he also leads. Numerous invitations as speaker for courses and as a juror at music competitions complete his musical activities.

Bernhard Macheiner was born in 1967 in Wiener Neustadt (Lower Austria). Even before completing upper secondary education he founded his first band; in the age of 13 he made his first recordings. He completed a study of jazz-piano at the Vienna Conservatory, a study of church music at the Diözesankonservatorium Vienna (Conservatory for Sacred Music Vienna) with Walter Sengstschmid, a study of comparative musicology at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and also a study of instrumental education at the Joseph Haydn Conservatory in Eisenstadt.

His musical activities include composing, church music, teaching, arranging, correpetition, live- and studio-appearances and such as piano accompanist. Numerous CD-productions and the cooperation with diverse chamber ensembles complete his musical competence. Since 2000 he is a member of “Trumpets in Concert“.

The percussionist Thomas Mair was born in 1973. He studied at the Leopold Mozart Conservatory in Augsburg, at the Institute of Oberschützen of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz and also at the Nuremberg University of Music (Jazz-Mallets). As a drummer, percussionist and vibraphonist he works in different genres: sinfonic music (Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, etc.), Early music (Clemencic Consort, Orchester Wiener Akademie, etc.), contemporary music, theatre and acting, percussion ensemble, jazz and popular music, World music, music for spa orchestra and Austrian folk music.

He is an assistant lecturer for teaching practise and didactics (with focus on classical percussion and ensemble performance) at the University of music and Performing Arts Vienna and he also teaches at the Music School Bad Vöslau.