Triton Brass

Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Triton Brass is an exciting musical collaborative comprising five of the region's most promising young talents. Prize winners at the 2005 Lyon International Chamber Music Competition and 2003 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, Triton is in its fourth year as artists-in-residence at The Boston Conservatory, where the group serves as both performers and instructors, and are proud to be faculty and co-hosts for the Atlantic Brass Quintet International Seminar. Triton Brass also served as chamber music faculty at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute from 2005-2010.

Among its recent performances, Triton has performed as soloists with the Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, the new music ensemble Alea III, and the Concord Band, and as a headline performer for an WGBH outdoor concert in front of more that 30,000 audience members. Fervent supporters of new music, the quintet has performed multiple world premieres in recitals throughout the U.S. and maintains an ongoing "call-for-scores" open to all composers and collaborators.

The Quintet performs extensively in numerous capacities, including recitals, educational concerts and residencies, formal affairs, and collaborative endeavors. Please contact us for more information.

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Shelagh Abate, french horn

Born and raised in New York, Shelagh Abate has loved the horn since age nine. She studied formally in Boston, graduating from Boston College with a BA in English Literature and Music. Shelagh's MM from UMASS at Amherst as a Howard W. Lebow Scholar was followed by an Artist Diploma from NEC as a Wilhelm Walkenier Scholar, studying with Richard Sebring. Since then she has performed all over the world in many capacities. Since 1999 Ms. Abate has been principal horn with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, led by Jaime Laredo. She has also served as principal of City Music Cleveland, The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Opera North, The National Repertory Orchestra, and was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. She has performed under the batons of Seiji Ozawa, James Conlon, James DePreist, Andre Previn, Carl St. Clair, Gunther Schuller, John Williams and Keith Lockhart.

As a founder of the Triton Brass Quintet, Shelagh has been a member of the faculty at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and in residence at Boston College, The Boston Conservatory, MIT, at Boston's King's Chapel as well as with Boston's Composers in Red Sneakers. The Triton Brass is a widely acclaimed ensemble having received honors from the Lyon Competition, Fischoff, and the Concert Artist's Guild.

Since relocating to NYC in 2005, Ms. Abate has become a freelancer in even higher demand. She has performed with the American Ballet Theater, The Opera Orchestra of NY, The Wind Soloists of NY, and has played with over a dozen Broadway shows. Shelagh has been a contracted member of the Broadway companies of The Woman in White, South Pacific, and Mary Poppins, and is currently playing solo horn in the 2012 Broadway revival of Evita.

As comfortable in the commercial realm as any other, Shelagh has performed live and recorded with Placido Domingo, Michel LeGrande, Barry Manilow, Joni Mitchell, Anne Murray, Peter Cetera, Olivia Newton John, Bjork, Brian Wilson, Ian Anderson, Linda Ronstadt, and Phish's Trey Anastasio. Her playing can be heard on two of Trey Anastasio's solo CDs (Elektra Records), and she has performed on live television multiple times on A&E's Live by Request, Good Morning America and the Today Show. Shelagh has played innumerable television commercial jingles as well - from ESPN, to Bank of America and Zoosk.

Most of Shelagh's spare time is spent riding the Fung Wah Bus between Boston and NY, which is O.K., as this allows her to stock up on Gucci and Chanel knockoff bags, and to increase her ridiculous shoe collection. In addition, she is an experienced mixologist, which makes her handy at parties, and an 80's pop music fan which makes her handy at Karaoke.

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Stephen Banzaert, trumpet

Since receiving his Master's degree from the New England Conservatory, Steve has been an active freelancer in the Boston Area, serving as principal trumpet of the New Bedford Symphony and performing regularly with Boston Musica Viva, Emmanuel Music, and the Portland, Albany, and Vermont Symphonies.  A two-time trumpet fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, where he was awarded the Roger Voisin Trumpet Prize, Steve performed under conductors including Seiji Ozawa, Andre Previn, James DePriest and James Conlon and presented recitals as a member of the Tanglewood Music Center Brass Quintet.  As a soloist, Steve has performed with the Concord Chorale, Rome Symphony, and Georgia Philharmonic, performed Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Trumpets with Andrew Sorg in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's New Year's Concert, and has successfully (if reluctantly) performed Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 at 9am.  Steve's principal teachers include Boyde Hood, Peter Chapman, Ray Mase, Charles Schlueter, and Jim Pandolfi.

In his copious spare time Steve is an instructor at MIT and is on the faculty of Hampshire College, where he teaches electromechanics.

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Wesley Hopper, trombone

Wesley studied at the Boston Conservatory under the tutelage of Larry Isaacson. Additional teachers include David Finlayson, Rick Stout, Gregory Cox and Michael Dunn. In demand as a freelance artist, he has performed with many New England ensembles including the Boston Pops, Vermont Symphony, Portland Symphony, Albany Symphony and Boston and Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestras. As a soloist he has performed both the Wagenseil and Larson concertos with the Boston Invitational Chamber Orchestra and as quintet soloist with the New York Pops. As principal trombonist of the Boston Metropolitan Orchestra, Wesley has appeared with Arturo Sandoval and Maynard Ferguson. His extensive chamber music experience has involved him with many of the country's finest chamber musicians including the Atlantic Brass Quintet, Bibi Black, David Ohanian, Wynton Marsalis and James Jenkins. As a music publisher Wesley has worked with the Boston POPS Orchestra, Warner Brothers (Mystic River soundtrack) and numerous artists including Cyndi Lauper, Diana Ross, Mandy Patinkin, Ricky Martin, Linda Eder and the Chieftains.

Currently Wesley is an adjunct trombone professor at Boston College. He is a faculty member for Boston University's Tanglewood Institute and the Atlantic Brass Quintet Summer Seminar. Additionally, Wesley is producer, recording engineer and co-owner of S & M Industries, a independent hip-hop record label formed with former Triton Brass member, Andrew Sorg. Wes enjoys cooking, aggressive driving, long walks on the beach, watching that show you like, and playing with his miniature Schnauzers, Pfritz and Max.

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Andrew Sorg, trumpet

Andrew Sorg is an active performer, composer, chamber musician and trumpet teacher in the Boston area. Originally from New Jersey, he began playing trumpet at the age of eight. A graduate of The Boston Conservatory, Andrew is a proud member of two award winning ensembles, The Atlantic and Triton Brass Quintets. He is the recipient of the bronze and silver medals at The Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, The Spedidum Prize at The International Lyon Chamber Music Competition, and the Grand Prize Winner at The New York City Brass Conference Brass Quintet Competition. He has also performed with The Paramount Brass, The Innovata Brass, Bala Brass, The Royal Brass Quintet, The Nashua Symphony and Vermont Symphony Brass Quintets and is a member of The Old South Brass Ensemble. Andrew has performed with various orchestras such as The Vermont Symphony, The Iris Orchestra, Opera Boston, Opera North, The Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, The Portland Symphony, Emmanuel Music of Boston and was a soloist with Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra and the Gardner Chamber Orchestra. He has performed under some of the world's top conductors and made recordings with The Vermont Symphony, The Vermont Symphony Brass Quintet and The Old South Brass Ensemble under Albany and Denouement Records. As an educator he holds teaching and residency positions at Boston College, The Boston Conservatory and The Boston University Tanglewood Institute, in addition to running two Atlantic Brass Seminars in San Francisco, CA and Boston, MA. He has given master-classes at The Boston Conservatory, Calvin College, MIT and has worked with The Vermont Youth Orchestra and The Boston Youth Orchestra. He is a former faculty member at Boston College and Eastern Nazarene College and his students have won first chairs in Massachusetts Central Districts, All-State, participated in All-Eastern and gone on to some of the top music schools in the country. Andrew's primary teachers are Phil Ruecktenwald, Steve Emery, Ben Wright and Jim Pandolfi.  

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Angel Subero, bass trombone

Venezuelan Trombonist Angel Subero started his musical studies at the age of 13. He attended the Conservatorio Itinerante in Venezuela where he studied with the legendary Michel Becquet; In the USA he studied with Lawrence Isaacson, John Rojak, Douglas Yeo and studied jazz with Claudio Roditi and Jeff Galindo. In 2005 Angel was a finalist for the prestigious Zellmer-Minnesotta Orchestra International Trombone Competition and the Donald Yaxley Trombone Competition. He Attended the Boston Conservatory and the New England Conservatory of Music where he received the NEC Merit Award graduating with distinction in Performance.

Angel has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Boston Pops, The Boston Modern Orchestra Project, The Iceland Symphony Orchestra, The Boston Ballet Orchestra, The Starwars in Concert Symphony Orchestra, National Lyric Opera, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, the Caracas Philharmonic, the Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho Symphony, Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de las Juventudes Andinas, the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra, among others. As a chamber musician he has appeared with the Burning River Brass, the Camerata Pacifica, the Atlantic Brass Quintet, The Boston Symphony Brass Ensemble, the Triton Brass Quintet, the Frequency Band Trombone Choir, the Boston Invitational Trombone Ensemble, the Venezuelan Brass ensemble and the Venezuelan Trombone Ensemble.

Mr. Subero has worked with such conductors as James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, John Williams, Kurt Masur, Keith Lockhart, Robert Spano, Sir Colin Davis, James Conlon, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, David Robertson and Christoph von Dohnanyi, Charles Dutoit, Ingo Metzmacher, Lorin Maazel, James Depreist, among others.

In the realm of Jazz, Latin and commercial music Mr. Subero has appeared with artists such as Slide Hampton, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely, Claudio Roditi, Danilo Perez, New York Voices, the John Allmark Jazz Orchestra, Chris Botti, Rockapella, Boston, Temptations, The Ebonys, The Stylistics, The Manhattans, Jethro Tull, Oscar d Leon, Dimension Latina, Isaac Delgado, Jose "Cheo" Feliciano, Larry Harlow, Rodolfo Reyes y Saxomania, Victor Mendoza, Greg Hopkins Bigband, Bonerama, Oscar Stagnaro, Egui Castrillo and the Palledium Orchestra, Ensamble Gurrufio, and Serenata Guayanesa. Mr. Subero can be heard on Grammy-nominated recordings with the Boston Modern Project Orchestra and La Clave Secreta, in addition to recordings with the Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho Symphony Orchestra, Ensamble Gurrufio, Serenata Guayanesa, Jerry Gonzalez, Eguie Castrillo and the Palladium Orchestra, Rodolfo Reyes y Saxomania, Gian Carlos Buscaglia, Rebel Tumbao, Carlos d Leon, Salsa Night Band and others.

He attended the Aspen Music Festival and was a fellowship student at Tanglewood Music Center where he received the Omar de'l Carlo Fellowship and the Harry Shapiro Award; He was a fellow at the Pacific Music Festival in Japan.

Most recently Mr. Subero was a guest soloist with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project which commissioned the Trombone Concerto "From the Institutes of Groove" that was written and for him by Grammy-nominated composer, Michael Gandolfi. Mr. Subero recorded "From the Institutes of Groove" with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, to be released under the BMOP/Sound record label.

Mr. Subero plays S.E Shires Custom Trombones exclusively. He has given master classes and recitals in the USA, Europe, Japan, Mexico and Venezuela among other countries. He has been a regular guest professor at the State Foundation for the National System of Youth and Children's Orchestras of Venezuela "EL SISTEMA" and has given clinics to the "Academia Latino-Americana de Trombones" in Venezuela. Mr. Subero is on the faculty at the Boston Conservatory of Music.

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Triton, the first trumpeter

Son of Poseidon, god of the sea, and Amphrite, a Nereid, Triton is depicted in Greek mythology as a mer-man, with the body of a man and tail of a dolphin.  Triton is credited, in mythology, with the invention of the trumpet, and would blow his conch shell both to announce the arrival of Poseidon and to control the waters in response to Poseidon's commands, blowing softly to soothe the waters and ease the passage of sailors, and blowing loudly to raise storms to smite those who offended Poseidon. 

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