Teachers 2022

Thomas Hooten


THOMAS HOOTEN, Principal Trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is one of the world’s most prominent classical trumpeters today. He can be heard on numerous recordings with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the National Brass Ensemble.  
Hooten began his career in 2000 with a trumpet/cornet position in “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in Washington, D.C., where he was often a featured soloist. He went on to join the Indianapolis Symphony as Assistant Principal Trumpet in 2004, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as Principal Trumpet in 2006, and the LA Philharmonic in 2012. He released Trumpet Call, his first solo album, in 2011. In 2019, he recorded John Williams’ Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra, which was conducted by the composer. 

Thomas is an active soloist and has appeared with many groups, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, “The President’s Own” US Marine Band, United States Air Force Band, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra. As an orchestral and chamber musician, he has performed with ensembles such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Grand Teton Music Festival, Harrisburg Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony.  

Hooten is on the faculty at the University of Southern California where he and his wife, Jennifer Marotta, teach the trumpet studio. He is a passionate educator and offers workshops on career development, audition preparation, and the mental approach to performance. Thomas has given masterclasses and recitals at Juilliard, Northwestern University, Indiana University, Mannes School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, Guildhall School of Music, and many other locations throughout the United States and the world. A native of Tampa, Florida, he earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Florida and his Master of Music degree from Rice University. His primary trumpet teachers have included Armando Ghitalla, John Hagstrom, and Don Owen.

Tom is a Yamaha performing artist.

Gabriele Cassone


Gabriele Cassone received his conservatory diploma studying trumpet performance with Mario Catena and composition with Luciano Chailly. He is not only world-renowned as a performer on period instruments (Baroque natural trumpet, Classical keyed trumpet, rotary valve trumpet and cornet à pistons), but also as a contemporary musician. 

Luciano Berio selected Cassone to record his Sequenza X for solo trumpet, and to premiere his Kol-Od with the Ensemble Intercontemporain under the direction of Pierre Boulez. He has also shared the stage with celebrated trombonist Christian Lindberg in Berio's opera Cronaca del Luogo, commissioned by the Salzburg Festival. Sir John Eliot Gardiner appointed Cassone principal trumpet in the English Baroque Soloists for the entire cycle of J. S. Bach's Cantatas and the Second Brandenburg Concerto, and Ton Koopman, director of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, requested him as trumpet soloist for the ensemble's recording of Bach’s Cantata 51

He has given solo concerts in major international venues, including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Cité de la Musique in Paris, La Scala in Milan, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, New York's Carnegie Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, and the Vienna Konzerthaus. He is featured on more than twenty recordings in repertoire from the Baroque through the contemporary era. 

Interested for many years in the mind-body relationship and its influence on musical practice, Cassone began the study of bioenergetics in 1990, and subsequently attended meditation trainings involving body work  in Italy and India. He was certified as a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner in 2017. 

Cassone serves on the faculties of the Conservatory of Novara in Italy, and the Chosen Vale International Trumpet Seminar.  

He is author of The Trumpet Book (Zecchini Editore). 

Jeroen Berwaerts


Belgian trumpeter Jeroen Berwaerts is a musical force to be reckoned with, whose all-embracing love of music knows no boundaries. Praised for his outstanding technical capabilities and sensitive musicality, his repertoire encompasses every epoch, from baroque to contemporary music and jazz.

He has appeared as a soloist with leading orchestras including the NHK Symphony, Vienna Symphony, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, NDR Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre Philharmoniques of Strasbourg and Luxembourg, under conductors such as Alan Gilbert, Yakov Kreizberg, Jun Märkl, and Matthias Pintscher. He is a regular guest of internationally renowned music festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Niedersächsische Musiktage, the Takefu International Music Festival in Japan, Ars Musica in Belgium, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and the Rheingau Musik Festival.

Reinvigorating the standard repertoire for trumpet with ingenious programmes and unusual contexts has become Jeroen Berwaerts’ calling card. One such programme places Handel’s Feuerwerksmusik and dances from Rameau’s opera Dardarus alongside chansons by Jacques Brel. The singing roles in such programmes is generally taken up by Jeroen Berwaerts himself, who – alongside his active career as a trumpeter – completed jazz vocal studies at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent.

Jeroen Berwaerts’ extraordinary commitment to contemporary music is evident in the numerous world premieres he has given, including Toshio Hosokawa’s second trumpet concerto Im Nebel and Francesco Filidei’s Carnevale. Following Håkan Hardenberger he was the second trumpeter worldwide to add HK Gruber’s Busking (2007) to his repertoire. In 2019, Jeroen Berwaerts and Håkan Hardenberger premiered Tobias Broström's double concerto for two trumpets Nigredo: The Dark Night of the Soul, co-commissioned by the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, BBC Radio 3 (BBC Proms) and the Swedish Radio Orchestra.

This season, concerts are planned with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the wind section of the Bochum Symphony Orchestra and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, as well as with Alexander Melnikov in the Pierre Boulez Saal Berlin.

Jeroen Berwaerts’ discography includes Signals from Heaven, recorded with Salaputia Brass, with whom he is trumpeter, jazz-vocalist, and ensemble director. His recording of Paul Hindemith’s trumpet sonata with Alexander Melnikov was released on Harmonia Mundi in 2015. In 2012 he recorded Shostakovich’s Concerto for Piano, Trumpet, and Orchestra under Teodor Currentzis with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the same year he recorded Toshio Hosokawa’s Voyage VII with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg.

Jeroen Berwaerts studied with the celebrated trumpet virtuoso Reinhold Friedrich in Karlsruhe. Since 2008, he has been Professor of Trumpet at the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover. He is also Professor in Residence at the Royal Academy of Music in London and an official Yamaha Artist.

Photo: Andrea Beckers

Laurens Woudenberg

French horn

Since 2012 the Dutch musician Woudenberg is Principal Horn of the Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam. His orchestra-career started in The Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra where he played for six years, starting as 3rd horn, the last years as principal horn.

He studied in his city of birth Den Haag, Netherlands, at the Royal Conservatory with Hans Dullaert and Herman Jeurissen. He also had lessons on the natural Horn from Teunis van der Zwart.

As a soloist he performed at home and abroad. In 2016 he made his debut with the Concertgebouworkest in Mozarts 2nd Horn Concerto (KV417) under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst.

In 2019 he performed the 4th Horn Concerto (KV495) in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam on a special historical natural horn (around 1840) from the collection of the museum.

Laurens Woudenberg is a member of the RCO Brass ensemble and the RCO Brass Quintet and performs on a regular base with Camerata RCO and the RCOctet, a woodwind ensemble.

With these ensembles he recorded several cd's and made concert tours through Europe and Asia.

Also he gives masterclasses around the world and is connected to the Conservatory of Amsterdam as a teacher.

Laurens Woudenberg plays on a horn that was specially built for him in 2015 by Klaus Fehr. This instrument is part of the collection of the Foundation Concertgebouworkest and was given by privet donors from Switzerland.

Dick Gustavsson

French horn

Bart Claessens


Tomer Maschkowski
Bass Trombone

Tomer Maschkowski was born in 1982, into an Israeli family living in Rotterdam, Holland. He began playing the trombone at the age of 13 under the tutelage of his grandfather, a former trombonist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Tomer enrolled as a student at the Rotterdam Codarts University and was later accepted into the Staatskapelle Berlin Akademie and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, where he had the chance to work under the guidance of maestro Daniel Barenboim. Tomer continued his formal studies with Andreas Klein, Rainer Vogt and Prof.Stefan Schulz and graduated with a Masters degrees from the UdK Berlin in 2013.

Since 2012 Tomer serves as the bass-trombone player of the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin. He is often asked to perform as a guest-trombonist with leading orchestras, such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk ,Gewandhaus Leipzig, Lucerne Festival, Staatskapelle Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin,Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the Boston Symphony and more.

As a soloist Tomer has performed in many concerts in Asia, Germany and USA.
Next to his playing activities he also teaches in Rostock (Hochschule für Musik) with Jamie Williams and in Hannover (Hochschule für Musik) with Jonas Bylund. Masterclasses he gives all around the world on a regular basis.

A proud “Yamaha Artist” since 2018, Tomer Maschkowski was a member of various brass ensembles, such as the International Trombone Ensemble , and the Trombone Unit Hannover, with whom he received the 1st prize at the 2011 Deutsche Musikwettbewerb. In addition, Tomer frequently guests at the Berliner Philharmoniker Brass Ensemble as well as at the Lucerne Festival Brass ensemble

Apart from music, Tomer’s passions lie in the sphere of performance, dance, and acting, which culminated in the multi-media performance “NO-MAD”, along with the dancer and choreographer Oren Lazovski, premiered in 2016 at the Radialsystem in Berlin. In his recent project, “Sliding thru the Opera”, Tomer joins forces with fellow trombonist Lars Karlin and pianist Ohad Ben-Ari. The show features opera hits arranged for trombone, bass trombone and piano and was premiered at the Berlin Philharmonie in 2019.

Ricardo Carvalhoso


Ricardo Carvalhoso is from Arcos de Valdevez in the North of Portugal and has been a member of the Munich Philharmonic since 2017. Like his brother before him, he had his first contact with music at a young age through the local brass band. Starting out on the trumpet, Carvalhoso took up the tuba at the age of 14. He received his musical education at the music school in Viana do Castelo under Juan Carlos Díaz and at the College for Music and Theatre in Porto under Sérgio Carolino. In 2008 he continued his studies at the Zurich University of the Arts under Anne Jelle Visser. In various youth orchestras, such as the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, and in the Orchestra Academy of the Munich Philharmonic, he gained first orchestral experience. His career as orchestra musician took him to France, where he played with the Niece Philharmonic, and Switzerland as a member of the orchestra of the Zurich Opera before returning to Germany and the Munich Philharmonic. Ricardo Carvalhoso has won numerous national and international competitions and is a much sought after soloist and educator.

Jimmy Olsson

Youth ensemble/Ensemble

Jimmy Olsson joined the Stockholm Municipal School of Fine Arts as a low brass, band and orchestra instructor in the department of orchestral studies- El Sistema Stockholm in 2015. Prior to this appointment, Jimmy held positions as second trombone with the Orlando Philharmonic, acting principal trombone in Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, acting assistant principal/second trombone with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra among others. He was also an active freelance musician and performed as a guest with acclaimed orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Swedish Radio Symphony and the Gothenburg Opera Orchestra. 

Jimmy has found great interest in the art of teaching and has held positions with The Bethune-Cookman University in Florida as an adjunct professor of trombone and ensemble, brass methods instructor at the University of Gothenburg Academy of Music and Drama as well as at the Royal College of music in Stockholm. He was also a trombone and brass instructor at Nacka Municipal school of the Fine Arts and Lilla Akademien in Stockholm.. 

Following studies in Sweden at Ingesund University School of Music with Eric Lindblom, Jimmy gained a Professional Diploma in Orchestral Studies from Roosevelt University in the United States where he studied with Jay Friedman.  

In his free time Jimmy enjoys family life in the beautiful city of Stockholm with his wife and two children. He is also a competitive powerlifter.