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Strings Announces New Music Director
Steamboat Springs, CO – Strings Music Festival is pleased to announce that the Music Director’s baton is being passed to the capable hands of Michael Sachs, Principal Trumpet for the Cleveland Orchestra for 26 years. Cleveland continues to be one of the most sought-after performing orchestras in the world, and Strings couldn’t be more thrilled to have such an accomplished musician lead the Strings Classical Series. Praised by critics for his “spectacular chops” and “radiant tone,” he is recognized internationally as a leading soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, teacher, author and clinician. Sachs will begin his contract in the fall of 2014 with concerts kicking off in the summer of 2015. His agenda includes adding a few of his favorite players from institutions and universities all around the world including the orchestras of Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Dallas, L.A. and even Vienna and Berlin, as well as bringing back many of the great chamber musicians, soloists and orchestral players that have been to Strings year after year “I will be devoted to making certain that we get high caliber artists and cultivate a strong vision for the Festival’s future,” says Sachs. Despite descending from a lineage of businessmen, Sachs grew up with a passion for music. He played in the jazz band, marching band, chamber groups and even rock bands during his younger years. But it wasn’t until after he graduated from UCLA with a history degree that he delved fully into what would be a very successful career in the arts.
His vast repertoire spans from traditional chamber music to collaborations with great innovators like Arturo Sandoval. Career highlights include the 1996 world premiere of John Williams’ Concerto for Trumpet, commissioned by the Cleveland Orchestra for Sachs with Music Director Christoph von Dohnanyi conducting. He has also appeared as guest soloist with numerous orchestras and chamber groups, including the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Along with his active performance schedule, Sachs serves as Chairman of the Brass division and Head of the Trumpet Department at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has served on the faculty of several summer festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, Grand Tetons Music Festival, National Brass Symposium, National Orchestral Institute, Summit Brass and the Solti Orchestral Project and Carnegie Hall.
“I’m looking forward to returning to Colorado and working with a Festival that has such a strong tradition in the community with so many great players coming through,” says Sachs.
Sachs fell in love with Colorado years ago when he spent a summer at the Aspen School of Music. He would later say his marriage vows with his wife, harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, in that same spot. He has already felt the friendliness of the Yampa Valley and has grown quite fond of the Haymaker golf course. His 11 year old daughter is already scouting out the Alpine Slide and planning her summer adventures in Steamboat from afar. His time in Steamboat will be busy but he is planning to find time to enjoy all that this small town has to offer.
For information about upcoming winter concerts or events go to www.stringsmusicfestival.com.
The Orchestral Trumpet is a comprehensive book and CD overview of standard orchestral trumpet repertoire. This is a 176 page book covering 90 orchestral works, all with accompanying commentary for each passage detailing practice techniques, performance tips, and historical perspective. Designed to be a complete guide for both preparation and performance of orchestral repertoire, The Orchestral Trumpet also offers essays on relevant topics such as Audition Preparation, Playing Offstage, and Using Different Keyed Instruments. Accompanying this book is a CD containing 67 standard orchestral passages recorded on high-quality, digital audio by the author, Michael Sachs.
Matthias Pintscher- Chute d’Etoiles
Michael Sachs and Jack Sutte, soloists
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Moest, Conducting
August 25, 2012
Lucerne Festival (Lucerne, Switzerland)
November 8 and 10, 2012
United States Premiere
Severance Hall (Cleveland, Ohio)
November 13, 2012
New York Premiere
The makers of world famous Bach Stradivarius trumpets bring you five exciting new Stradivarius models – Introducing The Artisan Collection by Vincent Bach
14 Duets for Trombone and 14 Duets for Trumpet
Edited by Michael Sachs and Joseph Alessi
Released in November 2007 Michael Sachs, Principal Trumpet of The Cleveland Orchestra and Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombone of The New York Philharmonic, have put together a collection of duets based on music by Telemann, Handel, Bach, Boismortier, and Mozart. These pieces are compiled in a unique format which provides for a variety of instrumental combinations. The duos can be played with two trumpets, two trombones, or one of each. In addition, the trumpet or the trombone can play either the top or the bottom part of each piece. This mix-and-match flexibility offers a wide range of technical challenges that should give each player the maximum benefit of playing in a range of keys, registers, and difficulty levels. With some duets, there are optional changes of octaves for better voicing depending on the instrument combination and parts being played by the performers.
For more information, please visit the Publications page.