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7th Annual Positively Brass & Percussion Symposium

From Friday, September 30th to Monday, October 3rd, 2022 the Symposium 
at the Trossingen University of Music took place with:

  • Frits Damrow (Trumpet | former Principal Trumpet of the Concertgebouw Orchester, Professor at the Zurich University of the Arts)
  • Szabolcs Zempleni (Horn | Professor at HfMT Hamburg)
  • Kris Garfitt (Trombone | Principal Trombone of the WDR Symphony Orchester and Winner of this year's ARD Competition in the Trombone Category)
  • Matthias Dangelmaier (Bass and Contrabass Trombonist in the Staatsorchester Stuttgart)
  • Jochen Schorer(Percussion | Principal Percussionist of the SWR Symphony Orchestra)
  • Professors of the Trossingen University of Music: Wolfgang Guggenberger (Trumpet), Saar Berger (Horn), Abbie Conant (Trombone) and Franz Lang (Percussion)

Schedule | Competition | Fees and Deadlines | Gala Concert | Registration | Accomodation  |  Flyer dt. Flyer engl.

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The Prize Winners of the Competition

The competition within the 7th Positively Brass competition was won by:

  • Grand Prize:
    Ben Stümke - €1500, donated by the Förderverein Blechbläsernachwuchs e.V.
  • Special Prize for Trumpet
    Aleksander Kubica and
    Gregor Zeyer - each €250, donated by the Positively Brass & Percussion Institute
  • Special Prize for Horn
    Zsolt Bereczky - €500, donated by the Positively Brass & Percussion Institute
  • Special Prize for Trombone
    Lukas Hellmann - €500, donated by the Positively Brass & Percussion Institute
  • Sheet Music Gift Cards, donated by the publisher Köbl und Schmid
    Anselm Schmieg, Trombone, 200 €  | Sytske Pas, Horn, 200  € | Hunor Szabó. Horn, 50  € | Carolina Kühne, Horn, 50  €

Congratulations to all of the award winners and congratulations to everyone on their achievements in the competition!

The Prizewinners of the 7th Annual Positively Brass Competition

The winner of the Positively Brass & Percussion competition Ben Stümke (front center) with the special prize winners and the jury (2nd row). Photo: Henrik Benz

Masterclasses and Competition

From September 30th to October 3rd, 2022 the Positively Brass & Percussion Symposium took place for the seventh time at the Trossingen University of Music. It offered advanced pupils and university students the possibility to further develop their capabilities in masterclasses and workshops, receive suggestions for their studies, and exchange ideas with other young musicians. This year, the international top ensemble Pro Brass came as a guest.

Positively Brass & Percussion Institute

The basic concept of the Institute consists of four pillars:


Regular presentation of the "Positively Brass & Percussion Symposium" with workshops, concerts, lectures, and the organization of a youth competition.



Extension and development of a new concept in the field of brass methods that is coordinated for all instruments.

to brass methods

Chamber Music and Orchestra

Expanding and upgrading the chamber music activities of University ensembles within the institute as well as
the course offerings in the field of orchestra training.

Chamber Music and Orchestra