The "City of Porcia" International Competition, which took place from the 2nd to 7th of December 2002, was organized by Associazione Amici Della Musica "Salvador Gandino," under Artistic Director Giampaolo Doro and President Sandro Gorli. Gorli composed one of the required pieces, Corrente for trumpet and piano, which constituted one of the challenges in the final round. Gorli currently teaches composition at the Conservatorio G. Verdi in Milan. The "City of Porcia" International Competition is a member of the Genva World Federation of Music Competitions.
The 13th "City of Porcia" Competition this year was dedicated to the trumpet. The eliminatory, semi-final and final rounds with piano took place at the Pordenone International Conference Center from the 2nd through the 5th of December. The first eliminatory round, which consisted of the execution of 2 works - Postcards by Anthony Plog and Tanz-fantasie by Thierry Escaich -- saw participants from 12 different countries.
At the end of the first 2 days the jury admitted 7 musicians into the Semifinal round. The Semifinal took place on December 4th and consisted of the performance of two works, the first for solo trumpet (chosen from Sequenza X by L. Berio, Sonatine by H. W. Henze, Oberlippentanz by K. Stockhausen, and Solus by S. Friedman) and the second with piano accompaniment (chosen from Concerto in F by O. Boehme, Concerto in F by A. Ponchielli, or Concerto No. 1 by W. Brandt.)
Only five candidates were admitted into the Final Round with piano, which occurred on December 5th with the performance of the obligatory piece, Corrente by S. Gorli, Legende by G. Enesco, and a work chosen from the following works - Sonata by P. Hindemith, Concerto by J. Horowitz, or Sonata by P. M. Davies.
The Final Round, accompanied by the Friuli Veneziano Giulia Symphony Orchestra conducted by maestro Maffeo Scarpis, took place Saturday, December 7th at 8:45 p.m. in the Concordia Auditorium of Pordenone. All three finalists chose to play the Concerto in E flat Major by F.J. Haydn.
The Jury this year was composed of seven musicians representing diverse nationalities and methodological backgrounds. The Commission was comprised of Sandro Gorli - President of the Jury- and Gabriele Cassone from Italy, Stephen Burns and Anthony Plog from the United States and Germany, Jouko Harjanne from Finland, Tamas Valenczei from Hungary, and Eric Aubier from France.
Conceived as a means to promote brass instruments, the "City of Porcia" Competition is an important event for emerging young musicians joining the burgeoning musical world. This year there were 22 applicants coming from countries all over the world including Armenia, Austria, Croatia, France, Japan, England, Israel, Italy, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.S.A.
This year the jury awarded the first prize to Clement Saunier of France, the second prize to Kirill Gusarov of Russia, and the third prize to Sergio Casesi of Italy.
The 23-year-old Frenchman CLEMENT SAUNIER studied trumpet in Paris at the George Bizet Conservatory with P. Gillet, then at the Superior Conservatory with maestro G. Boulanger, and finally at the National Superior Conservatory of Music and Dance with C. Garrec, graduating in 2000 with the maximum votes and honors. In 2001 he obtained the post of 2nd trumpet in the Pasdeloup Orchestra in Paris. Since June 2002 he has been Principal Trumpet of the Police Orchestra of Paris. He is a member of the Wind Orchestra of Paris and the trumpet quintet "Trombamania."
KIRILL GUSAROV was born in St. Petersburg in 1974 where he studied at the conservatory with Maestro Margolin until 2000. He has already played in several important orchestras including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Hannover Radio-Philharmonic, and the Festspielorchestra of Bayreuth. In 2000 he won the First Prize at the Third Moscow International Trumpet Competition and in 2002 he won the Third Prize at the First T. Dokshitzer International competition in Vilnius, Lithuania.
26-year-old Italian SERGIO CASESI received his diploma with high honors in trumpet under Maestro Gabriele Cassone from the Novara Conservatory. Subsequently he has attended courses and master classes with A. Dell'Ira, G. Corti, M. Stockhausen, R. Bobo, and V. Glokobar. He was principal trumpet of the Italian Youth Orchestra. He has played in many Italian orchestras including the RAI National, Bologna Community Theater, Florence Community Theater, and the Regional Theater of Torino. At the moment he is Principal Trumpet of the "I Pomeriggi Musicali" Orchestra in Milan. He has recorded a CD on Phonix Classic entirely dedicated to the repertoire for trumpet and piano.
Find more on the web at www.musicaporcia.it.
Casesi, Saunier and Kirill
Sources: Gabriele Cassone and Vera Hørven