"The International
Trumpet Days"

Tallinn Brass Academy
and soloists
at Tallinn St. John's Church
April 4th 2024

  • CHARLIE PORTER (trumpet, USA)
  • NEEME OTS (trumpet, Estonia)
  • ADAN DELGADO ILLADA(trumpet, Spain)
  • TOOMAS VANA (trombone, Estonia)

In program: 

  • Estonian composer Timo Steiner´s new work for brass ensemble (world premiere)
  • Swedish composer Stefan Johnsson´s “Scherzo for trumpets” and “Encuentros”
  • Charlie Porter´s Middle-Tone Fanfare 
  • Joaquin Rodrigo´s Concierto de Aranjuez (arrangement for brass ensemble and solo trumpet)
  • Chris Hazell´ Three Brass Cats
  • And several surprises, written or arranged for the occasion!


Conductor Kristjan Järvi will join the International Trumpet Days for the first time to make music with the Tallinn Brass Academy with internationally acclaimed trumpetists, the Grammy-winner Charlie Porter and the principal trumpet of the Spanish National Orchestra, Adan Delgado Illada, and the leading Estonian brass players of the younger generation, Neeme Ots (trumpet) and Toomas Vana (trombone).

The program includes the world premiere of work by an Estonian composer, Timo Steiner, performed by a brass ensemble and soloists, trumpeter Neeme Ots, and trombonist Toomas Vana.

We can enjoy the evening’s leading soloists, Charlie Porter‘s own compositions, and several classical trumpet treasures performed by the world-renowned classical and jazz trumpeter, who will also give a jazz spectacle on April 5th at Philly Joe’s Jazz Club Tallinn. For the first time, we can hear the Swedish composer and trumpeter Stefan Johnsson‘s work in Estonia, whose love for improvisation is mirrored in his “Scherzo for Trumpets.”

Highlights of the evening include the beautiful 2nd movement of Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo, arranged for brass ensemble and solo trumpet. Performed by Spanish trumpeter Adan Delgado, known for his exquisite singing trumpet sound, the tune brings us right from the somewhat icy Estonian Spring to the magnificent springtime gardens of the Palacio de Aranjuez near Madrid, Spain.


Timo Steiner´s compositions

The concert will feature the premiere of composer Timo Steiner’s new work for brass ensemble and trumpet and trombone player. Neeme Ots (trumpet) and Toomas Vana (trombone) perform solos at the premiere.

Steiner’s music is characterized by playful stylistic contrasts, a variant way of development, and often a mosaic or block-based structure.

Timo Steiner’s new work is an essential addition to the Estonian brass repertoire – it is the first work by an Estonian composer written for such a composition.

The composer’s works have been performed by Brass Academy Tallinn before – for example, the ensemble ´s repertoire includes Timo Steiner’s work “Silver, Avita!”

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Stefan Johnsson and his compositions

Stefan Johnsson´s Scherzo for trumpets was composed and premiered at a Trumpet Festival in Elgin Scotland, 2010, it has also been performed in the USA, Canada, Spain.

Degree at Gothenburg College of Music. Master in Musicology with artistic direction at Örebro University.

Stefan is a trumpet and orchestral educator at Borås Kulturskola in Sweden. As a freelance musician he is performing with different groups regulary in various genres. In the classical field he has been principal trumpeter in Borås Symphony Orchestra for more than 25 years.

Encuentros was composed and premiered for the Isla Verde Broncos Festival in Argentina 2015. It’s based upon ideas of Argentinian folk music and Swedish folk music. It has also been performed in Peru.


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Tallinn Brass Academy

Tallinn Brass Academy brings together the younger generation of Estonian brass talents, from students to professional musicians. The ensemble aims to contribute to developing Estonian brass music and brass-playing culture by subscribing to new compositions and training young musicians. Participation in the work of Tallinn Brass Academy allows young people of study age to gain performance experience with the best in their field. Also, at this year’s International Trumpet Days festival, internationally acclaimed brass soloists and world-renowned conductor will join the young talents on the stage to present the audience with a colorful and multifaceted program.
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Kristjan Järvi

(conductor, Estonia)

Kristjan Järvi has earned a reputation as one of the canniest, and most innovative, programmers on the classical scene’ (Reuters). As a conductor, he is at home on the big international stages, directing great classics from Wagner to Tchaikovsky and from Steve Reich to Radiohead  as well as his original productions without any genre boundaries.

Kristjan Järvi developed his own unique sound with his New York based, classical-hip-hop-jazz group Absolute EnsembleBaltic Sea Philharmonic, and Sunbeam´s in-house Band ‘Nordic Pulse’. Kristjan shapes his artistic life and takes expression to the next level with his team of ’Sunbeam Productions´’, with whom he creates a new paradigm for multi-sensory performance Xperiences.  At the end of 2020 Kristjan founded a new record label: “nEscapes”. Besides online music distribution it offers its own unique “nEscapes Lounges” to artists as a new listening format.

Järvi´s participation at the concert together with 

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Charlie Porter

(trumpet, USA)

Charlie Porter is Grammy Award-winning multi-genre trumpeter and composer.


Charlie has toured the world as a side-man and band-leader in jazz and also as a classical soloist and chamber musician, performing and recording with many notable musicians and groups over the last twenty years ranging from jazz greats to classical artists. He is also a founding member of the grammy-nominated electro-acoustic Absolute Ensemble, directed by Kristjan Järvi.


Though he has recorded many albums as a side-musician, Porter has recorded three own albums to date, as a leader, that have been garnering high praise, with three more to be released in 2024. His 2019 release Immigration Nation was voted one of the best albums of the year by DownBeat. Charlie’s collaboration on opera star Joyce DoDonato’s crossover album “Songplay” earned him a Grammy Award for 2019.


Charlie was the first trumpeter to win 1st place in both the classical and jazz divisions of the National Trumpet Competition. As a composer, he has been commissioned by Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Foundation. Mr. Porter is currently an adjunct professor of trumpet at New York University.


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Neeme Ots

(trumpet, Estonia)
Neeme Ots studied trumpet at the Sibelius Academy, Madrid (Conservatory Superior de Musica de Madrid) and under his father Aavo Ots. He has won prizes in several national and international competitions. He has performed many times at the chamber music concerts of the Eesti Kontsert, soloed before the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, the Tallinn Music High School Symphony Orchestra, the Polish Chamber Philharmonic and the Narva City Orchestra. Neeme has been concertmaster of the trumpet group in several prestigious youth orchestras: the World Youth Wind Orchestra, the German-Scandinavian Symphony Orchestra, the Baltic Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra. Neeme has repeatedly participated in the work of the Spanish National Symphony Orchestra, the Madrid Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and the European Royal Ensemble. Neeme has performed at the International Trumpet Days, Võru Brass Instrument Days, Tallinn Chamber Music Festival, Estonian Concert Project “Young Talents” and Tallinn Music Week.
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Adán Delgado Illada

(trumpet, Spain)

Adán Delgado Illada is the principal trumpet of the Spanish National Orchestra and is frequently asked to perform in other Spanish and international orchestras. He has been member of several professional orchestras and prominent youth orchestras, such as the European Union Youth Orchestra, Jeunesses Musicals Youth orchestra and Schleswig- Holstein Music Festival Orchestra.

As a soloist, Adán has on several occasions performed with orchestras like the Balearic Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata Sa Nostra, Ensemble Villa de la Orotava and Orquesta Filarmonia de Madrid, Isola Classica Festival Orchestra and  Spanish National Orchestra. As a chamber musician he often performs with pianist Jaan Ots, Organist Esther Ciudad, the “brassONEquintet” and the trumpet ensemble: “SOFT”.

Adán is the first prize winner of the International competition “Yamaha Xeno 2004” and the “10th Benidorm International Trumpet Contest” in 2008. Adán is an official Stomvi artist.


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Toomas Vana

(trombone, Estonia)
Toomas Vana has studied in Heino Eller Music School in Tartu, Sibelius Academy and Denmark Royal Academy. Toomas Vana is solo trombone player in Estonian National Opera and performs on many occasions in brass festivals in Estonia and abroad.

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