2023 ITG Awards

The 47th Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference


Paul studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London. His first appointment was co- principal trumpet of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden eventually moving from this position to join PhilipJones Brass Ensemble and the UK’s premier contemporary ensemble, London Sinfonietta. During this period Paul was a prize-winner at the Toulon Prix de Concours alongside Hakan Hardenburger and Eric Aubier. His success in this competition allowed him to develop his solo career.

On the retirement of Philip Jones, Paul was a founder-member of English Brass Ensemble and toured extensively with this group for many years, focussing on the contemporary brass ensemble repertoire. Paul has worked with many of the world’s leading composers including Witold Lutoslawski, Elliott Carter, Gunther Schuller, Peter Maxwell Davies, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez , Toru Takemitsu, George Benjamin and Harrison Birtwistle.

Paul has also been principal trumpet of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and is still currently a member of one of the world’s leading chamber orchestras, Britten Sinfonia: resident ensemble at the Barbican, London.

His career as a trumpeter has covered many genres: classical, contemporary, commercial, film, pop and folkmusic, and he has worked with many popular artists including Barbara Streisand, Shirley Bassey, Sir PaulMcCartney, Sir Bob Geldoff, Bloc Party and Oasis. He was also invited to perform with trumpeter Maurice Murphy at the wedding of Paul McCartney and Heather Mills

His film work includes Batman (1989), Gladiator, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Shrek, Madagascar, The Chronicles of Narnia, Rambo, Sweeney Todd, Moulin Rouge and Pirates of the Caribbean. In the recording studio he has worked withmany of the great film composers such as Henry Mancini, Michel Legrand, John Williams, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, Elmer Bernstein and Jerry Goldsmith. His interest in folk music stems from hiswork with the iconic folk group, Brass Monkey and the folk-rock band, Home Service.

Paul’s work as a chamber musician includes long-established relationships with three London-based chamber orchestras, Britten Sinfonia, London Mozart Players and Orchestra of St John’s. As principal trumpet ofthese orchestras he regularly performs the solo trumpet repertoire and contributes to their creative educational and community- based projects.

As an educator Paul has been a professor at the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, RoyalWelsh College of Music and Drama and was Head of Wind, Brass and Percussion at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 2003 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, London, limited to 300 former Academy students, and awarded to those musicians who have distinguished themselves within the music profession.

In 2010 Paul founded English Brass Academy to develop a range of specialist chamber music courses foryoung musicians and has since developed collaborations with many UK and international schools in countriessuch as Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Japan, Dubai, Poland and Ukraine.

Paul is also an active composer and arranger and many of his works are published by Brass Wind Publications. He is the editor of two series of brass music: English Brass Collection and the Paul Archibald Collection.

His discography includes solo works for trumpet and piano (Joie de Vivre and Divertissment) and a range of concerti with the National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Charles Gerhardt. Paul also brought together the International Celebrity Trumpet Ensemble for an iconic recording of originalworks for trumpet ensemble, featuring Ryan Anthony, Maurice Murphy, Gabor Tarkovi, HansGansch and other world class musicians. His recording of the Shostakovich Concerto No 1 op 35 fortrumpet, piano and strings with Alain Lefèvre (piano), Mathias Bamert (conductor) and theLondon Mozart Players was awarded Canada’s prestigious JUNO Wward for Best Classical Album in 2010.

In 2019 Paul founded a new charity – Harmony: Action Through the Arts – bringing benefit to young peoplewho are socially and economically disadvantaged through activity in a range of musical projects. Paul is currently Head of Woodwind and Brass at Shrewsbury International School, Bangkok, Thailand


Michael Sachs joined The Cleveland Orchestra as Principal Trumpet in 1988. 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. Celebrating his 35th season with the orchestra, Mr. Sachs is the longest serving Principal Trumpet in the history of The Cleveland Orchestra.

Michael Sachs is frequently featured as soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra. Among the twenty-four different solo pieces he has performed with the orchestra, highlights include the 1996 world premiere of John Williams’ Concerto for Trumpet, commissioned by The Cleveland Orchestra for Mr. Sachs, with Music Director Christoph von Dohnanyi conducting, the United States and New York premieres of Hans Werner Henze’s Requiem in Carnegie Hall in 2000, also with Mr. Dohnanyi conducting, the March 2012 world premiere of Michael Hersch’s Night Pieces for Trumpet and Orchestra, commissioned by The Cleveland Orchestra for Mr. Sachs, with Giancarlo Guerrero conducting, and the August 2012 world premiere of Matthias Pintscher’s Chute d’Etoiles (Concerto for Two Trumpets), commissioned by The Cleveland Orchestra for Mr. Sachs and Jack Sutte, with Music Director Franz Welser-Möst conducting at the Lucerne Festival, with subsequent performances at the Salzburg Festival and Carnegie Hall. For the 2022-23 Season, The Cleveland Orchestra has commissioned Wynton Marsalis to compose a new trumpet concerto for Mr. Sachs, with the world premiere concerts scheduled for April 2023, with Music Director Franz Welser-Möst conducting. Mr. Sachs has also appeared as guest soloist with numerous orchestras and chamber groups, including the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Auckland (New Zealand) Philharmonia, The Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic), San Diego’s Mainly Mozart Festival, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, among others. He can be heard on over 175 recorded works with The Cleveland Orchestra, including featured performances of Stravinsky’s Histoire du Soldat, recorded for Deutsche Gramophone with Pierre Boulez, and Ives’ The Unanswered Question, recorded for London/Decca with Christoph von Dohnanyi. In 2005, Mr. Sachs performed a recital of music for trumpet and organ with Todd Wilson as part of Severance Hall’s Organ Recital Series. The recital was recorded and was released on CD by the Musical Arts Association (parent organization of The Cleveland Orchestra).

In addition to his orchestral duties, each summer since 2015 Michael Sachs serves as Music Director of the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. His duties each year in Steamboat include performances as soloist, as well as conductor of the festival’s chamber orchestra. In November 2017, Mr. Sachs made his guest conducting debut with the Reno Chamber Orchestra, conducting a program of works by Mendelssohn, Hummel, and Mozart as well as performing as both conductor and soloist in Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto in E Major. Mr. Sachs was also extensively involved in the planning of the National Brass Ensemble concert, recording, and DVD project for June 2014 involving music of Gabrieli, Copland, and a new work by John Williams. This project featured principal members of The Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco Symphonies, and Los Angeles and New York Philharmonic brass sections. Michael Sachs was additionally involved in the planning of the National Brass Ensemble’s September 2015 concert at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall which included the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director Riccardo Muti conducting two Verdi overtures, as well as most recently in June 2022 for an academy, concert, and recording project in San Francisco, with the San Francisco Opera’s Music Director Eun Sun Kim conducting. This latest project included a 75-minute Wagner Ring compilation as well as two new works composed by Jonathan Bingham and Arturo Sandoval for this gathering.

Along with his active performance schedule, Mr. Sachs serves as Chair of the Brass Division and Head of the Trumpet Department at the Cleveland Institute of Music. From 2018-2022, he was also Lecturer of Trumpet at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. In addition to serving on the faculty of leading summer festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, Blekinge International Brass Academy, Domaine Forget, Eastern Music Festival, Grand Tetons Music Festival, National Brass Symposium, National Orchestral Institute, Summer Brass Institute, and Summit Brass, Mr. Sachs regularly presents master classes and workshops at conservatories and major universities throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia as a clinician for the Conn-Selmer Company (makers of Bach trumpets). At the invitation of Sir Georg Solti, he served as Principal Trumpet/Instructor in the Solti Orchestral Project at Carnegie Hall.

Michael Sachs is the author of Daily Fundamentals for the Trumpet and Mahler: Symphonic Works, Complete Trumpet Parts (Volumes I.-III.), all published by the International Music Company. Additionally, Mr. Sachs has also written 14 Duets for Trumpet and Trombone, co-authored with Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic Joseph Alessi, as well as contributed forewords to Rafael Mendez’s Prelude to Brass Playing and The Herbert L. Clarke Collection, all published by Carl Fischer Music. Mr. Sachs’ most recent projects include a new updated version of The Orchestral Trumpet, his 176-page comprehensive book and CD overview of standard orchestral trumpet repertoire that will now be published by Presser Music (to be released in Fall 2022), and a new updated version of Ernst Sachse’s 100 Transposition Etudes for Trumpet which was released in June 2022, published by Carl Fischer Music. From 2008-2014 Michael Sachs served as editor of the “Inside the Orchestra Section” column for the International Trumpet Guild journal. Mr. Sachs was extensively involved in the acoustic design and play testing for the creation of the Artisan line of Bach Stradivarius trumpets, and most recently for the new 190 Bach Stradivarius B-flat and C Trumpets as well as the creation of the 25M leadpipe.

Prior to joining The Cleveland Orchestra, Mr. Sachs was a member of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, where he also performed with the Houston Grand Opera and served on the faculty of Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. He has performed with many ensembles in New York City including the New York Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New York Chamber Symphony, The New York Choral Society, Boys Choir of Harlem, and Speculum Musicae. Mr. Sachs has been involved in a wide range of media events including performances on CBS This Morning, The Kennedy Center Honors, and The Heroes of Conscience Concert for PBS. Additionally, he has performed the national anthem at numerous Cleveland Indians baseball games including the last game at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, four opening days including the first game at Jacobs Field, (now Progressive Field), and three playoff games.

Originally from Santa Monica, California, Michael Sachs attended UCLA, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History before continuing studies at The Juilliard School of Music. His former teachers include Ziggy Elman, Mark Gould, Anthony Plog, and James Stamp.

For more information on Mr. Sachs, please visit his website at www.michaelsachs.com


Brian Evans (trumpet/cornet/voice)began his 62 years in music playing the banjo mandolin at age seven, and took up the tenor horn in his school band at age twelve. While attending Sydney Boys’ High School under band director Cliff Goodchild (former tubist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and father of Paul Goodchild) he studied trumpet with Alan Mann and Arthur Stender. He attended Sydney University in 1972, studying with John Battersby at the Sydney Conservatorium.  In 1973 aged 19, he joined the Eastern Command Band (now the Australian Army Band Sydney) as principal cornet, and in 1974 went into the Australian Broadcasting Corporation National Training Orchestra (NTO) for fourteen important months of education under Gordon Webb and the NTO conductor, Robert Miller.

Evans, at 21, joined the Opera Australian Orchestra (OAO) in 1975. During his lengthy tenure with the orchestra, which ended when his position was abolished due to Covid cut backs in 2020, he has played every chair in the section but specialized as Principal Cornet, becoming one of the most respected orchestral cornetists of his era. (In recent years, he has also returned to brass banding, after a hiatus of 40 years, performing solo cornet with premier A grade band, Australian Champion, Sydney City Brass) He has also performed with most of the major ensembles in Sydney, and has worked as a commercial, jazz, and chamber musician. Since being retrenched, Evans has continued to be engaged by OA on short term contracts.

Across almost 50 years performing with Opera Australia (OA) at the Sydney Opera House he has covered a vast range of opera and ballet repertoire, especially enjoying principal and solo roles in works such as A midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten); Don Carlos and other multiple “Verdis”; Romeo and Juliet (Prokofiev); numerous Tchaikovsky ballets; Die Meistersingers von Nuremberg  and the world premiere season of Madeline Lee (Haddock) .  He appears on most OA and some Australian Ballet recordings and videos and has worked under conductors including Richard Bonynge; Edward Downes; Sir David Wilcox; Richard Hickox; Carlo Felice Cillario; Willem van Otterloo; Stuart Challender; John Pritchard; Mark Elder; Elgar Howarth and Christopher Hogwood… 

The range of singers include: Dame Joan Sutherland; Luciano Pavarotti; Norman Bailey, Donald Mcintyre; Marylyn Horne; Grace Bumbry; Leona Mitchell; Anna Netrebko; Jonas Kaufman; John Shaw; Donald Shanks; Joan Carden; Donald Smith; Marylyn Richardson…

He was a regular member of Opera Australia Brass (OAB) which performed in many combinations from quintet through to large brass ensemble. Scheduling has curtailed OAB’s activity in recent years.  He also played lead trumpet in Opera Horns, an ad hoc big band formed out of orchestra players and some managers.

Evans demonstrated his love for the experience of being a pit musician in his ITG2003 lecture “The Operatic Trumpet”.


I am a Charter Member of the International Trumpet Guild. The 1977-79 Conferences at the University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin and Arizona State University were outstanding! The opportunity to hear great artists including Timofei Dokshizer, Adolph Herseth and Armando Ghitalla was asignificant experience. I also played in the Festival of the Trumpets Concerts in 1977 and l978.

In 1979, Professor Harold Homes asked me to organizethe Festival of the Trumpets Concert which was held in the evening at Arizona State University. It was a great opportunity for me to meet and work with many ITG Professors. The tradition of Festival of the Trumpets has continued for many years at ITG Conferences. In 1981, Dr. Frank Baird asked me tobe in charge of the ITG Solo Competition at the University of Colorado Boulder. The student trumpet soloists were superb that year with David Bilger of the University of Illinois and TimAnderson of the University of Nebraska being awarded First Place Honors.

The International Brassfest in 1996 at California State University, Long Beach was a spectacular event for all brass players. The CSU, Fresno British Brass Band was invited by David Hickman of the Summit Brass to present a reading session which was open to participants of all brass instruments. Robert Nagel and I were in charge of the morning session. My brass band also played a Prelude in the afternoonfor the Lecture Recital of Edward Tarr. The Evening Concert of the Summit Brass was a memorable performance at the International Brassfest.

The ITG Journal has been an important publication for many years. The October 2021 Journal had excellent coverage of the ITG Virtual Conference. I am proud that several of my former trumpet students have contributed to the ITG Journal.

Former CSU, Fresno Music Department Chairman Michael Caldwell was the ITG Journal Editor for several years and ITG Award of Merit recipient Frank Gabriel Campos of Ithaca College has been the Clinic Editor for many years. The broad range of topics adds to the excellence of the ITG Journal.

I studied trumpet with Doctor Frank Baird for my Bachelor of Music Degree in 1965 and Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in 1973. Robert Nagel was my Trumpet Professor at Yale University for my Master of Music Degree in 1967. I was in the cornet/trumpet section of the United States Marine Band during theVietnam War. From 1973 to 2001, I was a Music Professor at California State University, Fresno. FrankGabriel Campos, Christopher Cox and Nathan Sobieralski were outstanding trumpet students during my years of teaching. I was given the distinction of Professor Emeritus in 2003 and have been retired in Colorado for twenty years.

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