MEET TRITON BRASS

The ever-evolving story of the Triton Brass is one of music, friendship, expression, truth, and change. For more than a decade, the Triton Brass has been innovating the way audiences experience chamber music. Since Triton’s inception, this group and its members have committed to certain principles that have developed into the iron-clad foundation that has simultaneously kept the group intact and driven it forward.

Triton formed in Boston–a city obsessed with music–in 2001. Five friends who originate from various geographical corners were drawn to one another’s playing, decided to collaborate, and immediately made their mark as an ensemble. Triton has been in artistic residence at The Boston Conservatory, Boston College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for many years, and contributes to the culture of these renowned institutions in both an educational and performing capacity. Before they had been together four years, the group became prize winners at the Lyon International Chamber Music Competition (France), Fischoff (United States), and The Concert Artists Guild Competition (United States). The international attention achieved through these competitions served as a gateway to countless opportunities involving performance, educational outreach, commissions, collaborations, and world premiere performances. Triton Brass has served as faculty at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (2003-2009) & (2018-present), The Atlantic Brass Quintet International Summer Seminar (2002-2017), and has presented dozens of recitals and masterclasses at conservatories, colleges, universities, and performing arts centers all over the United States.

Fiercely committed to new music, Triton has sponsored commissions, performed and recorded numerous premieres, and continues to seek out new works from living composers. From the oustet, Triton has communicated an open call-for-scores to the public in an effort to encourage composers and arrangers worldwide to explore the brass quintet medium, and to submit compositions for review, ultimately for performance.

The educational backgrounds, résumés, and professional experience of each of Triton's members is formidable. Each member of the quintet is in extremely high demand with active careers in music and teaching, and Triton’s members possess advanced degrees in subjects ranging from music to english literature to engineering. They record and perform regularly with some of the world's finest musical organizations: The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The Boston Symphony, The Boston Pops Orchestra, The Atlantic Brass Quintet, The Empire Brass, The IRIS Orchestra, The Utah Symphony, The American Symphony Orchestra, The Singapore Symphony, The Atlanta Symphony, The American Ballet Theater, The Boston Modern Orchestra Project, The Radio City Music Hall Symphony Orchestra, The New York Pops, and literally dozens of Broadway shows including Mary Poppins, Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, South Pacific, Cinderella, The Lion King, The Woman in White, Anastasia and Frozen. Triton’s members have recorded dozens of commercial jingles, video game soundtracks, Broadway cast albums, commercial recordings and appeared on live television.

Whenever Triton’s members come together as a chamber ensemble, their live performances are well known to be both electrifying and intimate. Triton shoots from the hip and plays from the heart, holding themselves and each other to a truly high standard that elevates and enables their musicianship to incredible heights. They genuinely enjoy presenting both standard and new repertoire with a unique and unforgettable interpretation. Triton has a self-titled CD recording that was released in 2014 on the Hip-Bone label, and is available wherever music is sold. Triton’s playing is also included on two collaborative recordings: The Unheard Music through Albany Music (2013), and Strange Energy, (the music of Delvyn Case) Available from Deus Ex Musica Records (2018).

MEMBER BIOS

Stephen Banzaert

Andrew Sorg

Shelagh Abate

Wesley Hopper

Philip Hyman

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