French Hornist Eric Reed Joins the American Brass Quintet


Trumpeter Louis Hanzlik Joined the Quintet on December 1

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

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Eric Reed
Eric Reed
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Louis Hanzlik


French hornist Eric Reed will join the American Brass Quintet effective March 23, 2014. The horn position in the quintet will be made vacant by the retirement from the quintet of David Wakefield (joined 1976).

Founded in 1960, the American Brass Quintet is the longest continuously performing brass quintet in North America and is Ensemble-in-Residence of The Juilliard School (since 1987) and Aspen Music Festival (since 1970). Named the 2013 recipient of Chamber Music America’s highest honor, the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award for significant and lasting contribution to the field, the American Brass Quintet is internationally recognized as one of the premier chamber music ensembles and an icon in the brass world. ABQ touring during the 2013-14 season encompasses twelve states in the US and three weeks in Australia.

Eric Reed is the second recent addition to the American Brass Quintet, following trumpeter Louis Hanzlik who joined the Quintet December 1 upon the retirement of trumpeter Raymond Mase. Juilliard President, Dr. Joseph W. Polisi, noted the transition, stating, “The American Brass Quintet has been central not only to the field of chamber music but to the education of all brass students at Juilliard for 26 years. We are delighted to welcome Eric Reed and Louis Hanzlik, both Juilliard alumni, to the ABQ and salute the remarkable  contributions of Ray Mase and David Wakefield.”

Aspen Music Festival President and CEO Alan Fletcher has said, “It is with sincere pleasure that the Aspen Music Festival and School continues its over forty year association with the American Brass Quintet as Ensemble-in-Residence. The quintet is an integral part of our mission and we extend a hearty welcome to Louis Hanzlik and Eric Reed as they join the tradition of excellence that is the American Brass Quintet.”

Eric Reed, an active free-lance musician in New York City since 2006, has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, New York City Opera and International Contemporary Ensemble, among others. He has previously been a member of the Oregon Symphony, New World Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, Ensemble ACJW, Burning River Brass, Spectrum Brass, and Canadian Brass (2010-2013). A 2002 Tanglewood Fellow, earning the Harry Shapiro Award for outstanding brass playing, Reed also spent two years as a member of The Academy, an outreach and community engagement program of Carnegie Hall and other New York institutions.

On the faculty of Rutgers University since 2012, Reed has previously been on the faculty of the Music Academy of the West and Round Top Festival Institute. As a member of the American Brass Quintet he will join the faculties of The Juilliard School and Aspen Music School and Festival.

An Indiana native, Eric Reed holds degrees from Rice University (BM) and The Juilliard School (MM). He resides in New York City with his wife, violinist Sarah Zun.

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Read about the appointment in ArtsBeats column in The New York Times: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/02/american-brass-quintet-makes-sure-it-doesnt-shrink-to-a-trio/

Additional Information: Todd Stanton tdstanton@stantonmgt.com 917-603-3017

Information on the American Brass Quintet www.americanbrassquintet.org