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Thom Freas

Trumpet

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.

Visit www.fanfareconsort.com to hear samples and learn more about Thom and Fanfare Consort. Armando Ghitalla, Principal Trumpet Boston Symphony Orchestra and William Vacchiano, Principal Trumpet New York Philharmonic are among those with whom Thom studied. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from State University of New York at Purchase and a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music.Web: www.FanfareConsort.com