Teachers 2024

Miro Petkov


Miro Petkov, Bulgarian musician, is Principal Trumpet of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He is also an internationally recognised trumpet soloist, as well as Professor of Trumpet at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

In Varna, Bulgaria, Miro was born into a family of non-musicians, but his childhood was surrounded by music. He started his trumpet studies at age eleven with Ivan Iliev at the National School of Arts Dobri Christov. After graduating, he continued his studies in Germany with Max Sommerhalder at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold. From there, he began to receive international recognition, winning prizes at trumpet competitions including the YAMAHA International Trumpet Contest, the ARD Music Competition and others. Before moving to Amsterdam in 2016, Miro held the position of Principal Trumpet at the National Theater Mannheim in Germany

Alongside his classical music career, Miro enjoys sharing his love for folklore music. Combining it together with his fascination for jazz, electronica and other contemporary styles, he has shaped an authentic musical signature.

Miro is a Yamaha performing artist.

Laura Vukobratović


Born in Novi Sad (Yugoslavia), Laura Vukobratović began her studies at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad and subsequently studied in Prof. Reinhold Friedrich's master class at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe. She won numerous competitions at a young age and was awarded the German DAAD Prize in 1999. In recent years, engagements have taken her throughout Europe, Asia and South America. As a soloist, she regularly performs with renowned orchestras such as the SWR Radio Orchestra Kaiserslautern, the HR Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt, the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn, the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, the Bach-Collegium München as well as with orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the SWR Symphony Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the WDR Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders. She has worked with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Adam Fischer, Barbara Hannigan, Christoph Eschenbach, Herbert Blomstedt, Michael Tilson Thomas, Michael Gielen, Anja Bihlmaier and Philippe Herreweghe.
Laura Vukobratović is particularly passionate about both new and early music and can be heard as a chamber musician in various formations on internationally renowned stages. From 2002-2014 she was principal trumpet in the Mannheim National Theatre Orchestra before she became 2013 Professorship at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen .

Guglielmo Pellarin

French horn

First Horn of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Guglielmo Pellarin was born in a family where the oboist father and the pianist mother first teached him. He began playing the french horn at the age of seven and graduated as a pupil of Mr. G. Arvati at Conservatory “J. Tomadini” in Udine with highest marks and praise; he then studied with G. Corti, E. Terwilliger, A. Corsini, M. Maskuniitty, L. Seeman and then he was selected for the Italian Youth Orchestra.

In addition to many collaborations with famous orchestras of the international panorama - including London Symphony Orchestra and Lucerne Festival Orchestra – he is hornist of the Quintetto di Fiati Italiano and of the Opter Ensemble, and in his solo and chamber music activities he is frequently guest of important festivals and concert seasons.

Guglielmo Pellarin, together with Federico Lovato, recorded for Audite! "French Music for horn and piano" which includes the first recording of J. M. Damase's sonata for horn and piano. Active in chamber music and in the research for new repertoire, in trio with Francesco and Federico Lovato he founded the Opter Ensemble, which in addition to the traditional repertoire performs exclusively the arrangements of D. Zanettovich and F. Francescato of the Serenade op. 11 by J. Brahms and the "Till Eulenspiegels" by R. Strauss and the trios which F. Schweizer, M. Pagotto and G. Cascioli dedicated to them; he furthermore premiered the concerto for horn and strings that the composer F. Perez Tedesco dedicated to him.

Horn Professor at the "I Fiati" class of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and at Conservatorio C. Pollini in Padua, Guglielmo Pellarin is often invited to held masterclasses all over the world.

Mountaineering lover, he also loves mathematics, cultivates an interest in it graduated in Mathematics from the University of Padua.

Ian Bousfield


One of the most influential brass players of our time, now a soloist, conductor and pedagogue, Ian Bousfield has been at the top of his profession for over 35 years, having formerly been principal trombone of the Vienna Philharmonic and London Symphony in an orchestral career that spanned thirty years. As a soloist he has appeared with, amongst others, Riccardo Muti, Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Neville Marriner and Kent Nagano with the Vienna Philharmonic, London Symphony, London Philharmonic and the BBC Philharmonic. He has recorded for EMI, Chandos and Camerata. Future plans include appearing with Kent Nagano and the Montreal Symphony, recording with the Airies Quartet, conducting the season-opening brass concert of the New World Symphony in Miami for the third time and directing the Aalborg Symphony in a series of concerts for brass and voice.

In recent times his conducting career has taken off, seeing Ian regarded as one of the world’s foremost brass conductors. He has conducted the Oslo Philharmonic, Liceu Opera, Danish Radio Symphony, Copenhagen Opera, Sonderborg Symphony, Bern Symphony, Norlands Opera and the New World Symphony.

Ian is professor of trombone at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern and the Royal Academy of Music in London. His former students sit in some of the world’s premier orchestras and have won the most prestigious competitions including the ARD and Royal Overseas League. His book and videos, “Unlocking the Trombone Code” have met with great critical acclaim. He is a brass coach for the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and a regular coach of the New World Symphony, two things that lie very close to his heart. He was awarded the ITA award in 2012, a lifetime honor from the International Trombone Association.

In June 2019 Ian was Chair of the first ever Tchaikovsky Competition for Brass at the invitation of Valery Gergiev.

Despite living outside of the UK for 20 years, Ian remains obsessed with cricket. His main hobby is the wines of Burgundy, and in 2017 he was honoured by the region, being made a ‘Chevalier de Tastevin’.

James Markey

Bass Trombone

 James Markey joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as Bass Trombone in Fall 2012 following a 15-year tenure in the New York Philharmonic as Associate Principal (1997-2007) and Bass Trombone (2007-2012), and a two-year tenure as Principal Trombone of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (1995-1997).
     Mr. Markey regularly appears as a soloist, including with the Boston Pops, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, the United States Army Band (“Pershing’s Own”), the Hora Decima Brass Ensemble, the New York Staff Band of the Salvation Army, and the Hanover Wind Symphony. He is a founding member of the National Brass Ensemble.
     A sought-after educator, Mr. Markey has been a featured artist and clinician numerous times at the International Trombone Festival, the American (formerly Eastern) Trombone Workshop, and the conferences of the New Jersey Music Educators Association and the New York State School Music Association. He has also appeared as a guest recitalist and clinician at major educational institutions around the country.
     Mr. Markey serves on the trombone faculty at the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA. In addition to his collegiate teaching, Mr. Markey is at the forefront of the Suzuki Brass movement, and is one of eight certified Suzuki trombone instructors in the world. A passionate believer in early childhood education in brass playing, he is founder of the Suzuki Brass program at New England Conservatory’s Preparatory Division. He has past served on the faculties of the Juilliard School, Mannes College: the New School for Music, New York University, Purchase College (SUNY), Longy School of Music, Montclair State University, Sarah Lawrence College, and the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division.
     Mr. Markey has released five solo recordings: Offroad (tenor trombone, 2003); On Base (bass trombone, 2009); the Bass Trombonist’s Listening Guide, a joint album of orchestral and opera excerpts for bass trombone with Denson Paul Pollard; Psychedelia (bass trombone, 2015), and Extraordinary Foundations (with tubist Mike Roylance, 2023). He is also a featured soloist on A Beautiful Noise, a compilation of solos for tenor and bass trombone produced by the Columbus State University Trombone Choir, and on the Hora Decima Brass Ensemble's recording of Janko Nilović's Concerto for Two Trombones.
     Mr. Markey studied with Joseph Alessi at the Juilliard School, where he received his Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in 2005 and 2006.


Sérgio Carolino


Collector of music works, records, awards, compliments, reputation, sunglasses, hashtags and selfies. Source of creativity and virtuosity. Eclectic, original and visionary. Curious by definition. Adventurous by choice. Owner of a pure heart and Sparky, the Basset Hound. Transpires musicality and works to achieve excellence. Passionate about life, loves cinema, mythology, reading, fishing and spending time with his friends. Anyone who crosses with him will never forget him and leave, of that encounter, humanly and professionally richer.Currently his international reputation has been established by his interpretation of the standard and contemporary repertoire for tuba and his stylistic approach to jazz, funk and improvised music. Sérgio Carolino, is one of the most acclaimed tubists, with constant activity as a soloist and teacher in the most prestigious festivals, conservatories and universities on the five continents. Received for seven times the Roger Bobo Award Prize for Excellence in Recording (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2019, 2021 and 2023), the Award for Emerging Jazz Artist (2004), the Carlos Paredes Prize (2004) and won the SPA Award 2013 - Classical Music Category (Portuguese Author’s Society) for the works published in 2012 and for promoting Portuguese music throughout the World. TGB with Mário Delgado and Alexandre Frazão, TUBAX Duo with Mário Marques, TUBAB Duo, RB & Mr.SC, The Postcard Brass Band, XL Duo with Telmo Marques, Surrealistic Discussion with João Barradas, Duo AR. with Maria João, SubWoof3r, Tuba&Drums Double Duo with Oren Marshall, Duo Adamastor with Cândido Fernandes, Funky Bones Factory!, Yamaha Tuba Duo with Shimpei Tsugita, Moderato Tangabile with Daniel Schvetz, TN T "Tuba 'n Tuba" with Gene Pokorny , Mr.SC & The Wild Bones Gang, European Tuba Trio with Anthony Caillet and François Thuillier, Conical Brass with Jeff Nelsen, Effervescence with James Thompson, TransAtlantic Tuba Connection with Mike Forbes, his solo project "iNTERGALACTiC ViBES!", and Daniel Bernardes Crossfade Ensemble, run in his veins. Sérgio is, since 2002, principal tuba with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música and he was professor of tuba at the Porto Superior School of Music and Arts (ESMAE) from 2006 to July 2019. Since 2010 he is also artist director of GRAVÍSSIMO! - Alcobaça International Low Brass Festival. He is on the faculty of National Superior Orchestral Academy (Lisbon), as professor of tuba and chamber music. Sérgio has been guest adjunct professor for one semester (Fall/ Winter 2019 and Spring semestre of 2022) at the prestigious Indiana University - Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, USA. Plays with his own signature design and concept mouthpieces by Brass Lab MoMo made by master Hirotaka Nakai (Osaka/Japan) with the muted "Mushroom Cup Mute", manufactured by Johann Schlipfinger.

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Sérgio is a Yamaha performing artist.

Per Kristian Svensen

Youth ensemble/Ensemble

PK Svensen was born in Stavanger, Norway and started as most Norwegian brass players in his local school band at the
age of 9. PK has his education from Rogaland Musikkonservatorium in Stavanger, Musikhögskolan I Göteborg and NCOS Orchestral Course at Goldsmith College in London. After he finished his studies, he worked five years as freelance musician and brass teacher.

In 1990 he joined the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra as their principal trombone, later he joined the Malmö Symphony Orchestra as their principal trombone, a position he kept for 13 years.
PK then moved back to Norway and worked as principal trombone with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra a few years.
Since 2012 PK have been trombone teacher at the University of Stavanger, Norway and head of the brass and wind department. He is now appointed trombone professor there.  
PK has earlier been teaching trombone at the Musikhögskolan in Malmö and at the Jyske Musikkonservatorium in Århus, Denmark, and has also been strongly involved at the BIB Academy.