Thom Freas, founder and Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed early music ensemble Fanfare Consort, is a specialist in clarino (valveless baroque trumpet) performance. "At a Library of Congress concert, the conductorless period-instrument ensemble, Fanfare Consort, performed Vivaldi's popular Gloria with only one musician to a part: seven instrumentalists and four singers. Textures were wonderfully airy, instrumental colors piquant and balances between the instruments and voices judged to near perfection." [The Washington Post]. As a soloist, Thom has perfomed with many prominent ensembles and orchestras throughout the United States and Europe. Mr. Freas has also participated in numerous festivals where he has performed Bach's Brandenburg Concerto N°2 on clarino and the Haydn Trumpet Concerto on a keyed valveless trumpet. "Freas delivers exceptionally secure playing. The clarino is a tough instrument, so just having his technique in place puts Freas ahead of many other players. Beyond that, he plays 'musically, with . . . and every other instrument.'" [Fanfare Magazine] Thom is the first American to record Brandenburg Concerto N°2 on clarino, which can be heard with Anthony Newman on the Sony Classical label. He can also be heard on ChampignonInternational, Classic Masters, Helicon Records, Koch, Music Masters, Telarc and Vox labels.
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