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Leticia Moreno
John Marcellus

Leticia Moreno

Leticia was born in 1985 in Madrid. She started her music education at the early age of 3 in both violin and piano with the Suzuki Method offering her first recitals at the age of 5 . In 1996 she became a student of the legendary musical pedagogue Zakhar Bron in the prestigious Reina Sofia Music School of Madrid and the Hochschule f?r Musik K?ln sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and Juventudes Musicales of Madrid.

Most recently she became (February 2003) a student of prof. Maxim Vengerov in Saarbrucken.

Leticia has extensive expertise in concerts and festivals. She participated in 1998`s EBU Festival in Vienna, in 1999's Festival of Besan?on, where she played for the French TV, in the Tivoli Festival of Italy and in Saint Petersburg`s 2001 Musical Olympus, Segovia`s festival Juan de Borb?n and Santander Festival. She has played concerts with orchestra in the Hermitage Theatre with the of St. Petersburg , in the Rudolfino Theatre of Prague , with Mexico's State Symphonic Orchestra, with Sinfonia Varsovia in Spain's most important symphony halls,the Auditorio Nacional of Madrid and Teatro Monumental with the RTVE orchestra. These concerts have been later broadcasted on TV. She has also played with Palermo?s Symphony Orchestra and Czec TV Orchestra. These performances where under the batons of Pedro Halffter, Enrique B?tiz, Saulius Sondeckis, Peter Csaba, Charles Olivieri Munroe, Ondrey Kukal, ?lvaro Albiach, Alexander Sladskovski, Luis Aguirre, Carles Coll, Marco Zambelli, Salvador Mas and Krzystoff Penderecki.

She has also offered recitals in Bayreuth Opernhaus, La Redoute of Bonn and Madrid`s Auditorio Nacional de M?sica, the latter as part of the Rising Generation series. In recognition of being one of the most promising musicians of her generation Leticia was chosen to close, with a recital, the award ceremony in which Daniel Barenboim received the highest musical award from the Spanish government. This ceremony was also broadcasted on TV. Most recently she had a most successful tourn?e with Kristoff Penderecki conducting Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra. The great success has led to further invitations in prestigious festivals like Beethoven`s in Krakow.

Her upcoming program includes concerts in Germany, Spain, Russia, Chicago, Vienna, Liechtenstein.

Special Awards

· Henryk Szeryng International Violin Competition 2000. 1st price. Gold medal. Special Mention to the youngest participant in the history of Competition (15 years)
· Pablo Sarasate International Violin Competition. 2nd price, September 2001
· Concertino of Prague. 1st price in violin and recordings on Czec andd Spain`s radio, June 2001
· Novosibirsk International Young Violinists Competition. May 2001. 1st price and Best Contemporary Piece Interpretation
· Juventudes Musicales of Spain. 1997, 1998 and 2001. 1st price and study fund
· Spanish Interpreters Association (AIE). 1996, 1999 and 2000. 1st price and study fund.

Leticia plays in a violin by Pietro Guarneri, Mantua c. 1679, from the Stradivari Society of Chicago. The Stradivari Society of Chicago has taken a special interest in promoting her career and have organized auditions with the President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Director of the Ravinia Festival and live performances in the Classical Radio of Chicago.

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John Marcellus

Concert Trombonist, Euphonium, Conductor, Clinician

Dr. Marcellus is currently Professor of Trombone at the Eastman School of Music and past Chair of the Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Department. He is a member of the Eastman Brass, Director of the Eastman Trombone Choir, Music Director of the Brighton Symphony Orchestra, Principal Trombone with the Chautauqua (NY) Symphony Orchestra and Educational Specialist for the United Musical Instruments of Elkhart, Indiana performing on the Conn 88H Trombone, Conn 35H Alto Trombone, Benge 170 tenor trombone and the King 2280 Euphonium.

He was Principal Trombone with the National Symphony Orchestra for 13 years, and formerly soloist with the United States Navy Band (Washington, DC), Associate Principal Trombone with the Baltimore Symphony and Principal Tuba at age 16 with the Jacksonville (FL) Symphony Orchestra.

As a solo artist and chamber musician he has performed with the National Symphony, National Symphony Brass Quintet, Chautauqua Symphony, Eastern Music Festival, Brevard Music Festival, Norfolk (VA) Chamber Orchestra, Washington Theater Chamber Players, Contemporary Music Forum in Washington, DC, the Eastman Virtuosi and the All-American Main Street Band.

He has given solo recitals and master classes throughout the United States and Canada besides England, France, Germany, Austria, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Australia, Greece and Poland. Other solo appearances include the first International Brass Congress in Montreux, Switzerland, International Trombone Workshops in London, Detmold, Germany, Utrecht, Holland, the Eastern Trombone Workshops in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. and the New York Brass Conference.

Marcellus has premiered numerous contemporary works for trombone and trombone ensemble and was the Director/Host of the International Trombone Workshop in 1991 at the Eastman School of Music. He is a founding board member and Past President of the International Trombone Association.

The New York Brass Conference of 1997 was dedicated to him for his contributions to trombone performance and teaching and he was named Musician of the Year by the Alumni Chapter of the Mu Phi Epsilon Fraternity in Rochester. In June 1999 he received the International Trombone Associations' highest award for contributions to trombone performance, literature and pedagogy.

Articles have been published by The Brass Player of the New York Brass Conference for Scholarships, Instrumentalist, NACWPI Journal, ITA Journal, Accent and brass and trombone arrangements have been published by Kendor and Belwin-Mills(Warner Music).

Recordings on trombone are on London/Decca, Nonesuch, Library of Congress, Turnabout, Opus One, Stolat, Pantheon, and solo Euphonium with the Empire Brass on Sine Qua Non, the Non Parielle Band and the All-American Main Street Band on EMI Angel Records.

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