Irish trumpet player Dearbhla Nolan has
been based in Berlin since 2010, where she enjoys an
active performance career, specialising in chamber music
and baroque trumpet.
A founder member of Berlin International Brass, with whom she has performed in Sweden, UK, Ireland, Poland and around Germany, she also performs regularly with ensembles such as Auris et Aulis, Chemnitzer Barockorchester, Concerto Brandenburg, Neues Barockorchester Berlin, Neues Kammerorchester Potsdam, Märkisches Barock, and many more.
A committed chamber musician, she enjoys regular collaborations with organist Simon Harden and The Walshaw Trio. She has appeared as soloist in the Neruda trumpet concerto (Berlin, 2019) and as soloist and chamber musician at the Praz Sur Arly and Blackwater Valley Opera festivals.
In 2021, Dearbhla was awarded a NeuStart Kultur grant to record her debut album of 20 th Century trumpet and piano repertoire, with pianist Luisa Sereina Splett. Her current project is a piece for 7 different trumpets, which she will compose and record, thanks to a grant from Musik Fonds.
Dearbhla is passionate about new music. Indeed her quartet, Berlin International Brass, have commissioned and premiered works by Renee Baker, Marcelo Nadruz, Hazel Leach, Stephen Crowe and Elisabeth Angot. In 2018, with The Berlin Trio, she gave the world premiere of Jonathan Clinch’s Introduction and Allegro and in 2019 performed at MaerzMusik in Berlin. In 2010 she joined John Wallace to perform the premiere of Elias Shoot’s A Little Labyrinth for two trumpets, at Dartington Festival, where Dearbhla was a bursary student.
She holds degrees from Queen’s University Belfast and City University London (taught through the Guildhall School of Music and Drama) and is currently studying baroque trumpet with Johann Plietzsch at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. Dearbhla also plays the violin, conducts and composes.
Born in Boston, Tubist
Elliot Dushman studied with Randy
Montgomery (Boston), Rex Martin (Chicago), Jens
Björn-Larson (Hannover) and Ulrich Haas in Essen.
Dushman gained professional Orchestral experience as a Praktikant in the Brandenburg State Orchestra, the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne, and as an Akademist in the State Opera of Berlin and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
He has subbed with world renowned orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Radio Orchestra of Hessen (Hessischer Rundfunk), the West German Radio Orchestra (WDR), and the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Italy. As an avid chamber musician, Dushman has performed with the Scharoun Ensemble, Bach, Blech und Blues, Lindenbrass, and Berlin City Brass. In November 2018 he debuted as a soloist at the Berlin Philhamonie with the Berliner Symphoniker (R. Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto).
Elliot Dushman currently teaches, coaches ensembles, and gives workshops for brass players. Since 2018 he holds a position as tubist at the Police Band of the state of Sachsen-Anhalt.
Marick Vivion, born in 1993, in France,
started to play the trombone at the age of 8. She
studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg in the
class of Prof. Branimir Slokar and Fabrice
After successfully obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree, she completed her Masters in the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock in the class of Prof. Jamie Williams and Tomer Machkowski. Simultaneously, she worked on a regular basis with several professional orchestras such as Deutsche Oper Berlin, Basel Symphony orchestra, the Norddeutsche Philharmonie, Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra, the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Secession Orchestra Paris.
She obtained various scholarships from the Ad Infinitum Foundation and Yehudi Menuhin Live Musik Now and won in 2019 the first Prize of the Emory Remington International Competition for Trombone choir in USA. After being part of the Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock as an Academy member for the season 2019/2020, she is currently living in Berlin and working as a freelance trombonist.
Pedro J. Cases is a spanish trumpet
player, currently based in Berlin. He started playing
trumpet at age 7. Upon turning 18, he decided to pursue
a career in Aerospace Engineering, later realizing that
music performance was his passion all along. He spent
his last year of engineering studies at the University
of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, in the United States,
where he also managed to do his pre-Bachelor studies
with professor Charles Daval.
After becoming an engineer, he started his Bachelor of Music at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Valencia, finishing his studies under an Erasmus grant with Wim van Hasselt at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg in Breisgau. Later, he spent one year at Santiago de Compostela, Spain, at the academy program of the Real Filharmonía de Galicia, with Javier Simó as his tutor. Currently, he is studying his Master of Music at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” Berlin with professor William Forman, while maintaining an active performing career as a freelancer in Berlin.
He has played with orchestras like the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Cottbus Staatstheaterorchester, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Kammerorchester Unter den Linden, Neues Kammerorchester Potsdam, Orquesta de Valencia, among others. He also has played in diverse youth ensembles like the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Valencian Government Youth Orchestra and the Valencia University Orchestra.
Marina Diaz Penalver Calero was born in
2001 in Manzanares (Ciudad Real), Spain. She began to
play the french horn at the age of 7 in her hometown.
She began her musical career on Horn at the age of ten
in the Professional Conservatory “Marcos Redondo” of
Ciudad Real with professor José Antonio
Sánchez-Ballesteros Ruiz, where she graduated with full
marks in 2018 at the age of 16. The same year, She had
been awarded the Extraordinary Prize of Castilla – La
In Spain, she was part of several Wind and Brass Quintets and performed at different festivals. In 2019 she was admitted to study the Bachelor Degree in Horn at the Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg (Germany) with professor Sibylle Mahni. In 2020 she moved to Berlin and she was accepted at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” to continue her studies with professor Sibylle Mahni. She is currently studying there.
Through the years, she attended several Masterclasses with prestigious horn players such as: Marie-Luise Neunecker, Sibylle Mahni, Frøydis Ree Wekre , David Cooper, Rodolfo Epelde, Luca Benucci and Manuel Antonio Fernández among others in different Festivals (Madrid, Valencia, Zaragoza in Spain and Georgsmarienhütte in Germany) She has also been able to gain orchestral experience in several orchestras, such as Youth Orchestra of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain), Philharmonic Orchestra “La Mancha” (Spain), Ciudad Real Orchestra (Spain), Konzertchor Darmstadt (Germany), Würzburger Orchester (Germany), Frankfurter kapelle and Kantorei der Schlosskirche Weilburg (Germany) and “Beethoven extended Project”, with three Berlin-based orchestras (TRIKESTRA). In 2020 she was admitted in the “Bayerische Orchesterakademie” to make a practical training course -PRAKTIKUM- in two orchestras: Hofer Symphonikern and Philharmonischen Orchester Bad Reichenhall.