1991 kam Otto Sauter, dem weltweit führenden Solisten auf der Piccolo Trompete, die Idee zu dem Ensemble „Ten of the Best“, in dem zehn der besten Trompeter der Welt zusammenspielen, wie der erste Trompeter der Wiener Staatsoper, des Radio Sinfonie Orchesters Prag, der Royal Stockholm Opera, der Göteburger Sinfoniker sowie renommierte internationale Solisten aus Europa, den USA, Mexico und Japan. Regelmäßig lädt Otto Sauter zusätzlich international renommierte Musiker wie Sting Gitarrist Dominic Miller, Marius Müller-Westernhagen Gitarrist Markus wienstroer, James Last Percussionist Pablo escayola und Level 42 Keyboarder Mike Lindup ein, mit Ten of the Best zu konzertieren.
Das Ensemble zeichnet sich besonders durch faszinierende Arrangements aus Klassik, Jazz und Pop aus, die normalerweise nicht auf dem Programm jedes einzelnen der 10 Trompeter stehen. Genau dies macht auch ihren Spaß aus, wenn sie das Publikum in ihren weltweiten Konzerten mit raffinierten Bearbeitungen und Cross-Over im besten Sinne begeistern.
Die überraschenden und vielfältigen Arrangements stammen aus der Feder international renommierter Arrangeure u.a. von GRAMMY AWARD Trägern, die in Hollywood mit Größen wie Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond,The Commodores und Prince zusammenarbeiten oder in Deutschland mit Größen wie Peter Herbolzheimer oder Udo Jürgens und seiner Pepe Lienhard Band.
Seit vielen Jahren geht „Ten of the Best“ regelmäßig erfolgreich auf Tour in Japan, USA, Kanada, Mexiko und Europa. Im August 2001 warteten sie mit einem ganz besonderen Leckerbissen auf. Sie eröffneten - mit einer eigens für dieses Ereignis komponierten Fanfare - die Feierlichkeiten der neuen Arena AufSchalke, dem modernsten Fussballstadion seiner Art in der Welt, in Gelsenkirchen, vor 70.000 Zuschauern.
Highlight 2006 unter der künstlerischen Leitung von Otto Sauter war die „Playtime Live City Concert
Tour“, das deutschlandweite Musikfestival im Rahmen der FIFA Fussball Weltmeisterschaft 2006TM, unterstützt durch das Organisationskomitee FIFA WM 2006 unter der Schirmherrschaft von Dr. Theo
Zwanziger. Das Festival unter dem Motto: „Die Musik der großen Fussballkontinente zu Gast bei Fans“, mit dem die FIFA den Facettenreichtum und die Weltoffenheit des Gastgeberlands Deutschland
lebendig werden lassen wollte, präsentierte 16 kostenfreie Eventkonzerte von Bremen bis Ludwigshafen, von Rügen bis Norderney, auf repräsentativen Plätzen und an kulturhistorisch bedeutsamen Stätten,
wie der Semperoper Dresden, der Wartburg Eisenach und dem Marktplatz in der Händelstadt Halle. Auf Wunsch der FIFA ging das Ensemble mit 11 „Spielern“ an den Start als „Ten of the Best plus one“ im
Zusammenspiel mit den Sinfonie-Orchestern der
Konzertstädte, wie dem Philharmonischen Orchester der Stadt Trier, der Neubrandenburger Philharmonie und der Staatskapelle Halle.
Im Wagner Jahr 2013 schickte Otto Sauter die Musik von Richard Wagner auf eine faszinierende Reise um die Welt und verbindet sie mit den wichtigsten internationalen Musikkulturen, die er in Eventkonzerten mit Ten of the Best & Friends sowie international renommierte Gaststars wie dem New Yorker Sänger Ken Norris, dem Gitarristen Markus Wienstroer, dem Brasilianischen Stimmwunder über vier Oktaven Edson Cordeiro und der bezaubernden Hamburger Jazz Sängerin Ulita Knaus sowie 6 Streicherinnen, präsentiert.
In 1991, Otto Sauter, the world‘s leading soloist on the piccolo-trumpet, had the idea of putting together the ensemble „Ten of the Best“ with ten of the best trumpet players in the world, like the principal trumpet of the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Stockholm Opera, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Prague as well as international renowned trumpetplayers from Europe, the United States, Mexico and Japan. Otto Sauter regularly invites international renowned artists to perform with „Ten of the Best“, like STING Guitarist Dominic Miller, Westernhagen guitarist Markus wienstroer, James Last percussionist Pablo Escayola, Level 42 keyboarder Mike Lindup and many more.
Since many years, „Otto Sauter & Ten of the Best“ regularly go successfully on concert tour in Europe, Japan, USA and Mexico.
The founding concept of the group is to fascinate the audience with refined cross-over in their concerts all over the world, by playing extraordinary arrangements of classic, jazz and pop music. The international renowned arrangers working for the ensemble, exactly know the special fields of all group members. Thanks to them, the ten trumpets never sound like a fanfare but like a whole orchestra. Some of them are Grammy award recipients and worked in Hollywood with stars like Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, The Commodores and Prince or in Germany with artists like Peter Herbolzheimer or Udo Jürgens and his Pepe Lienhard Band.
In August 2001 they had a very special highlight in their programme. They launched the inauguration of the new Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, with a fanfare especially composed for Europe’s most modern football stadium, in front of 70.000 spectators.
Highlight 2006 under the artistic direction of Otto Sauter was the „Playtime Live City Concert Tour“ the German music festival for the FIFA Football World Championship 2006TM under the patronage of Dr. Theo Zwanziger (Vice-President OC FIFA WM 2006). The Festival themed: „The music of the great football nations visiting Germany“, presented 16 concerts free of charge all over Germany in representative public places like the Semper Opera Dresden, the Wartburg, the Loreley or the Marketsquare in the Händel-City Halle. At the request of the FIFA the ensemble performed with 11 trumpets, like a football team, playing together with the symphony orchestras of the concert cities, like the Philharmonic Orchestra of the City of Trier, the Neubrandenburg Philharmonic and the Staatskapelle Halle.
During the Richard Wagner year 2013, Otto Sauter presented their Richard Wagner Project, taking the music of the famous German composer on an adventurous journey around the world. International music styles and renowned musicians from Cuba, New York, Spain and Brazil are melting in this outstanding and fascinating programm in exceptional event concerts with the Operas of Richard Wagner.
Otto Sauter (Cologne, Germany) is well-known as the world‘s leading soloist on the piccolo trumpet and has appeared in all major concert halls. In December 1995 he played with the Philharmonia Orchestra London in the presence of HRH Prince Charles at St. James‘s Palace. 1998 and 2000 saw him giving a guest performance in St. Peter‘s Square for Pope John Paul II. In 2001 he played with the China National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Muhai Tang in the Forbidden City in Beijing.
From 1988 until 1998 he was appointed principal trumpet in the Bremen State Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 1991 he has been artistic director of the annual Bremen International Trumpet Festival, the world‘s leading brass festival of this time with guest musicians like Ray Charles, Maynard Ferguson Maurice André and many more. In 1994 Otto Sauter founded the Bremen Trumpet Academy, which offered the most gifted young trumpet players from all over the world a unique training programme. In 2014 he founded the World Brass Association, an international cooperation of festivals, orchestras, universities and cultural institutions to support brass music in masterclasses, concerts and professional exchange worldwide.
When UNICEF-Germany celebrated its 50th anniversary, Otto Sauter decided to initiate and give a series of concerts. Each year he invites renowned artists like Montserrat Caballé or Bobby McFerrin, to give a joint concert for the „Otto Sauter Foundation“.
In 2007/8 he initiated the „Little Amadeus Live“ concert series in cooperation with Volkswagen, based on the worldwide succesful children’s TV series and played 80 concerts in 40 cities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Sauter is teaching and giving masterclasses at international Universities like the Royal Academy of Music London, the Toho Gakuen School of Music Tokyo, in Houston USA, Bremen Germany, Santiago de Chile, San José Costa Rica, Manaus Brazil, Dnipropetrowsk Ukraine, St. Petersburg Russia.
He is artistic director of the annual „Wartburg-Festival“ on the legendary Wartburg, where Martin Luther translated the bible and the international choir- and music festival „Musica Sacra a Roma“ in Rome and at the Vatican under the patronage of Cardinal Paul Poupard, Vatican. Highlight 2006 under his Artistic Direction was the „Playtime Live City Concert Tour“ during the Football World Championship supported by the Organising Committee FIFA World Cup 2006.
Otto Sauter worked with artists and orchestras like e.g.: RSO Prague, RSO MDR, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, Bachcollegium Leipzig, Sinfonia Varsovia, Munich Chamberorchestra, Cappella Istropolitana, Edita Gruberova, José Carreras, Gösta Winberg, Ivo Porgorelich, Elena Bashkirova, Michael Mendl, Mario Adorf, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Poppen, Marcello Viotti, Mikis Theodorakis.
Armando Cedillo (Mexico City, Mexico) studied in Mexico City and later in London at the Guidhall School of Music and Drama. He was first solo trumpeter of the National Symphony Orchestra Mexico and the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed as a soloist in Mexico with all renowned orchestras and is regularly invited to master classes. Due to his great versatility, he plays in Latin America with numerous pop and rock stars, both as a soloist and with his big band. He has recorded a variety of CDs on both classical solo literature for trumpet and other genres and is the founder and director of the largest trumpet festival in Mexico, the Rafael Méndez International Trumpet Festival, to which he regularly invites world-leading brass players as musicians and professors.
Bengt Danielsson (Gothenburg, Schweden) studied at the Conservatory Gothenburg. After the Military Orchestra he studied at the NCDS Orchestra School in London. From 1986-1989 he was principal trumpet of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and today of the National Swedish Symphony Orchestra in Gothenburg. In 2000 he performed with the World Orchestra New York and as soloist with e.g. the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.
Naoki Inoue (Yamagata, Japan) is principal trumpet player of the Yamagata Symphony Orchestra. He studied with Isao Fukui (ex. NHK Symphony Orchestra) at the Japan University of fine arts, with Charles Schlueter (ex. Boston Symphony Orchestra) at the New England Conservatory of Music Boston and with Hannes Laubin (Barvarian Radio Symphony Orchestra) in Munich. He performed e.g. on the Affinis Music Festival, Miyazaki International Music Festival and won the freshmusician competition held by the Tokyo Culture Centre as a soloist. Naoki Inoue is not only active in the Yamagata Symphony Orchestra but also as soloist, chamber musician and instructor, especially in the Yamagata University.
Alfred Gaal (Vienna, Austria) studied at the Vienna Music Academy. From 1985 until 1987, while he was still studying, he played in the Kurorchester Baden. Since 1987 he is engaged in the Orchestra of the Vereinigte Bühnen Vienna. He plays with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna Symphony and as Soloist regularly with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Vienna Mozart Orchestra. Since 1988 he is trumpeter of the Vienna State Opera.
Bryan Davis (New York, USA) studied at the Leeds College of Music in Great Britannien and is one of the most outstanding American lead trumpet players. In the 90th, he toured with Latin-American Bands such as Cubanismo or Isaac Delgado and from 1999 on with Theatre & Musical Company productions such as the offi cial Tribute to the Blues Brothers, Cabaret and The Rad Pack. In addition, he plays with the legendary Glenn-Miller Orchestra, the BBC-Bigband, The Supremes, the Three Degrees, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Gloria Gaynor and many more.
Aneel Soomary (London, Great Britain) started his musical life at Colchester Institute, studying with ex. London Symphony Orchestra trumpeter George Reynolds, later with Denis Wick and Eric Crees. On his musical circuit he lived in Australia, Hong Kong and Austria. As lead trumpet player he is working with artists like Joe Zawinul, Ray Charles, Klangforum Wien and Bob Brookmeyer to name a few. His work covers a large spectrum of styles from Big Band and Jazz to Brass Ensembles and Orchestral work.
Sebastian Gíl (Las Palmas/Spain) studied at the Conservatory of Music in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and at the Conservatory and University „Jose Iturbi“ and „Joaquin Rodrigo“ of Valencia. He is Artistic Director of the Big Band Gran Canaria, the Atlantic Art Ensemble and the International Trumpet Festival “Maspalomas International Trumpet Festival”. As soloist and with various formations such as the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra Tenerife, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Nations (Berlin), Big Band Gran Canaria, Atlantic Art Ensemble, CSMC Trumpet Ensemble, he has toured extensively in Japan, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Australia, USA, Mexico, Denmark, Italy. As Professor he teaches at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias.
Franz Wagnermeyer (Vienna, Austria) studied trumpet at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz and at the Musikhochschule Vienna. He plays with Orchestras like the Vienna Radio Symphonie Orchestra and the Bruckner Orchestra Linz. As soloist he performs on renowned festivals like the Beethovenfest Bonn. He is giving lectures at international seminares, e.g. the Illinois State University and produces numerous CD- and radiorecordings as soloist and with different ensembles.
Frank Greene (New York, USA) studied at the University of North Texas. Prior to graduation, Frank joined the Woody Herman Thundering Herd Big Band and later was offered the position of lead trumpet with Maynard Ferguson. Today he enjoys an extremely varied musical life at New York. Frank has played for the hit Broadway show „The Producers“ (starring Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane) for the motion picture soundtrack „The Producersthe Movie.“ He is playing Disney‘s „The Little Mermaid“ on Broadway. His recent credits include: Lead Trumpet in the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni Orchestra, the Clark Terry Big Band, the Roy Hargrove Big Band, with Dianne Reeves, John Williams, Natalie Cole, The Dave Brubeck Big Band, The Jon Faddis Big Band as well as playing on David Letterman‘s Today Show and Sessions with Paul Anka, Queen Latifah and Kevin Spacey. He has performed and recorded with Ray Charles, Chaka Khan, for Disney animated movies, NBC Sports, NFL and Sesame Street.
Ulita Knaus (Hamburg, Germany), is a singer, Composer and pianist. In the jazz scene, Ulita becomes Knaus has long been celebrated as a star. In 2009 she won the renowned Hamburg Jazz Prize, she founded one Band and released their first album in 2002: "Cuisa". to the countless concerts will include three more albums. To She began four highly acclaimed, English-language albums the new decade with her first German-speaking Longplayer and opens the door to pop. Furthermore Ulita Knaus works with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Roy Hargrove, Herb Geller and Udo Lindenberg.
Ken Norris (Ohio, USA) studied piano, organ, Singing as well as choral conducting and arranging in Yale, among others, New Haven and at the American School of Modern Music, in Paris. Since 2010 he has been a professor at the University of Applied Sciences for Music and Theater Hamburg, majoring in jazz singing. He was musical director and composer for the radio play “What light from Darkness Grows” by Janine L. Carter, who won the 2003 Golden Reel Award was awarded. He gives concerts with the big band of the Hessischer Rundfunk, at the Dubai Jazz Festival, Printemps de Bourges World Music Festival and CrestJazz Vocal Festival, France, Jazz Ahead, Jazz Baltica, Magdeburg Jazz Festival and was an actor and Singer in the first cast of the Lion King, the Musical by Julie Taymor and Elton John in Hamburg Harbor theater.
Mike Lindup (London, GB) studied piano, drums and composition at the Chethams School of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His career began in 1980 as co-founder and keyboarder of Platinum Pop Band Level 42. In 15 years he sold with the band worldwide more than 15 million albums and 10 top singles. Mike Lindup is one of the most sought-after pianists of our time, playing with artists like Elton John, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Bryan Adams. Today he is active as a soloist crossing Jazz, Cuban, Classical and Pop Styles.
Michael Weiss (Ratingen, Germany) studied classical piano at the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule Düsseldorf and at the same time jazz piano at the Musikhochschule Cologne. He graduated in 1990 and 1991. He completed his studies at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester/ New York and finished as Master of Music Degree in 1992. He was first pianist at the famous musical „Starlight Express“ and participates in countless cabaret- and musical productions like „Miss Saigon“, „Les Miserables“, „Tommy“ and „Kiss me Kate“. Furthermore, he performes with jazz stars like John Faddis and Gary Bartz, as well as renowned artists like Johnny Logan, Jennifer Rush, Harald Schmidt and Caterina Valente.
Robert Walla (Bremen, Germany) is a regular guest at the NDR Radio-Philharmonic Orchestra and at Radio Bremen for radio-, TV concerts and CD-productions as well as at the Bad Hersfeld Festival. He performed in musicalproductions like West-Side-Story, Kiss Me Kate, La Cage, Victor/Victoria, Jekyll & Hyde, Evita.... and has recorded more than 50 albums.
Jürgen Knautz (Muenster, Germany) is as an upright and electric bass player a demanded accompanist of some well-known European jazz vocalists like Silvia Droste, Greetje Kauffeld or Knut Kiesewetter. He played with greats saxophone players like Gerd Dudek, Charlie Mariano and Lee Konitz. Besides many different jazz-, soul- and pop productions he can be heared as an upright player on Götz Alsmann`s last four records. Australian guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel relied on his abilities for his European gigs, as well as metal virtuoso Victor Smolski for his outstanding Bach-CD. Jürgen Knautz works as a musician, composer and arranger for film, radio and television, and has been arranger and musical director for international stage shows.
Markus Wienstroer (Cologne, Germany) started in Playing the violin from 7 years old and 11 years old Guitar. In the same year he became a junior student at Robert Schumann Institute Düsseldorf and won numerous Competitions. Today he plays as a session musician, live and records countless CDs in studio productions internationally known musicians such as Lalo Schifrin, Joe Cocker, Percy Sledge, Christopher Cross, Londonbeat, Hollies, Wolf Maahn, Wolfgang Petry, Bap, WDR Bigband, NDR Bigband, Nina Hagen and many more. He also gives master classes and workshops.
Pablo Escayola (Montevideo, Uruguay) started drums and later percussion at the age of 12 to play. In the 80s he toured with the successful formation TRIO RIO (New York, Rio, Tokyo) through Europe. The Brazilian musical tradition influenced and enriched his musical development as well as playing with the different well-known artists different Styles. Today the native South American lives in Hamburg. Pablo Escayola works with artists such as Howard Carpendale, Inga Rumpf, Umberto Tozzi, Modern Talking, Eartha Kitt, Tony Christie, Olivia Molina, Achim Reichel, James Last and played the musical: Buddy - the Buddy Holly story in Hamburg from 1997-2001. Since 2002 he is tour percussionist of the James Last Orchestra, of Orange Blue and the Nils Gessinger Band.
2. LES SABLES
3. SUBWAY TO THE SKY
4. AIR ON A G STRING
5. KNOCKING AT THE DOOR
6. MI FE
7. MOTHER WHERE ARE YOU
8. IN THE STREETS OF HARLEM
9. REALLY IT’S WAGNER
10. MAC ARTHUR PARK
11. HARLEM WEDDING
12. LAST SONG
14. SHAPE OF MY HEART
OTTO SAUTER & TEN OF THE BEST & FRIENDS - LIVE ON TOUR - GERMANY - AUSTRIA - MEXICO
1. FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN
2. ALL BY MYSELF
3. CHILDREN OF SANCHEZ
5. HAVE YOU EVER REALLY LOVED A WOMAN
7. FOR YOUR EYES ONLY
8. SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW
9. O SIFUNI MUNGU
10. WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD
OTTO SAUTER & TEN OF THE BEST & NÜRNBERGER SYMPHONIKER, LEITUNG, ISTVÁN DÉNES
1. ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD
2. SILVER BELLS
3. WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS
4. THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY
5. STILLE NACHT/ SILENT NIGHT
6. JINGLE BELLS
7. AWAY IN A MANGER
8. O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM
9. CAROL OF BELLS
10. WHAT CHILD IS THIS
11. JOY TO THE WORLD
12. O HOLY NIGHT
13. IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR
OTTO SAUTER & TEN OF THE BEST
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1. KILLING ME SOFTLY
3. MY FUNNY VALENTINE
6. SPANISH EYES
7. SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW
9. CARNIVAL OF VENICE
10. WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD
1. BIST DU BEI MIR
2. LARGO AUS DER "NEUEN WELT"
3. BOHEMIAN DANCE AUS DER OPER „CARMEN“
TEN OF THE BEST
1. SONATA À 10
2. SECHS TÄNZE
4. BRANLE DE CHAMPAGNE
5. BRANLE DE REIMS
6. BRANLE D‘EPENAY NIGHT
7. SUSCEPIT ISRAEL
9. TRUMPET TUNE
10. HUMMELFLUG LOVE YOU
12. SPANISH EYES
13. HELLO DOLLY
15. STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT
16. LOVE STORY
18. I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU
19. MY WAY
TEN OF THE BEST
Otto Sauter & TEN of the BEST Trumpets International Music Festival, Cesky Krumlov, 11.08.2012 (Photo: Libor Svacek)
International Music Festival, Cesky Krumlov, 11.08.2012 (Photo: Libor Svacek)
International Maya Festival Merida, Mexico, 05.11.2013 (Soundcheck)
Puebla, Mexico, 30.10.2013
Beethovenfest Bonn, 30.08.2013 (Soundcheck)
Beethovenfest Bonn, 30.08.2013, Concert
Evian Festival, France, 11.06.2011
Evian Festival, France, 11.06.2011
Apollon Temple, Side, Turkey, 06.09.2011
Apollon Temple, Side, Turkey, 06.09.2011
Marktplatz Halle, 04.07.2006, FIFA Festival: Playtime Live City Concert Tour
Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, Semperoper, 25.06.2006, FIFA Festival: Playtime Live City Concert Tour
Konzertkirche Neubrandenburg, 15.06.2006
Arena AufSchalke, 13./14.08.2001
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