Wolfgang Bilgeri

Wolfgang Bilgeri

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Trombonist from the start and the Lord of Finances

Wolfgang has been trombonist of the ensemble from day one. As a founding member, he has organized the ensemble for over twenty years and successfully kept the group on their toes. Now he keeps a wakeful eye on Sonus Brass’ income and expenses as our minister of finance. As the music director of the Regional Music Association in his hometown of Hittisau in the beautiful Bregenz forest, he produced exciting projects such as “Struwwelpeter” for wind orchestra and children’s choir, “Uhrig” for wind orchestra and folk/chamber music, and traditional instruments like alphorn, oud, and saz. He’s a solo trombonist with the Symphony Orchestra Vorarlberg and the Symphony Orchestra Liechtenstein. Moreover, young musicians profit from his teaching skills in low brass instruments at the Music School Bregenzerwald. Wolfgang is regularily a mentor for teaching skills at the State Conservatory Feldkirch and with all of his experience he is also a popular jury member at competitions such as “Prima la musica” (A) and “Jugend musiziert” (D).

Wolfgang's CV

About Wolfgang

How did I end up playing the trombone?
When I was seven years old, I had only heard of the trumpet and I really wanted to learn to play it. But sadly, there was no trumpet left at the music association and I got to try out the tenor horn and french horn instead. So, I thought: “If I can’t learn the trumpet, I’ll pick the instrument that’s easier to play!” and that was the tenor horn. When I was ten years old a classmate of mine switched to trombone and I wanted to do that, too– this time I got what I wanted. That’s how I began to play the the most beautiful brass instrument of all: the TROMBONE.

I’m especially moved by the music of (and why):
Karl Jenkins “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace”, the Benedictus. It includes so much calm, clarity and an amazing climax – simply beautiful!

Home is:
When I come back home after a tour by car and drive through Achrain tunnel in the Bregenz forest and see the mountains and woods. Then to turn the key in the front door to my house and my three girls are all at home. Admittedly, that happens less frequently these days since our two daughters are all grown up at 16 and 20 years of age.

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