Presentation

Established in 2001, the Geneva Brass Quintet is a chamber music group of Swiss musicians. After studying at the Geneva Conservatory, they all graduated with a Master of Music. Eager to create a close-knit musical unit and being particularly attracted to chamber music, they formed the ‘Geneva Brass Quintet’ (GBQ) with the aim of sharing their passion with the public.Well-known in Switzerland, the GBQ has already performed at the Sion Festival, St-Germain concerts in Geneva and the “Guilde romande de la musique de chambre” (French-speaking Chamber Music Guild), as well as at prestigious venues such as the Victoria Hall and Saint Peter’s Cathedral in Geneva. The Geneva Brass Quintet regularly plays for various Swiss radios and has also been invited many times to the Espace 2 (Swiss radio) “Schubertiades”.

In 2008, the GBQ started an international career with an extensive tour in South Africa. After this, they received an invitation to the festival “Cuivres en Dombes” and to the Mégève festival and embarked on another extensive tour in China and a concert in Dubaï in 2011. In 2012, the Cervantino Festival, for its 40th anniversary, invited the GBQ to perform 10 concerts across Mexico.

The first GBQ CD, “Brass@ge”, released by VDE Gallo, received excellent reviews in Switzerland and abroad. In 2013, the GBQ published a second CD “GBQ & Friends” along with other musicians : panflute, organ, soprano and choir. Indeed, in addition to numerous recitals, the group opens up to fruitful collaborations, many of which have already been noticed : series of concerts with the Sinfonietta of Lausanne, the Polhymnia choir or the Wind Band of Lausanne.

The GBQ repertoire is extremely eclectic in style and period. It also emphasises Swiss composers, many of whom have written pieces specifically for the GBQ.

Finally, each year in October, the GBQ organises the Geneva Brass Festival, an international event dedicated to brass which takes place in Geneva.