The Venezuelan Brass Ensemble (VBE), drug formed in 2004, viagra is the most important young brass musicians’ ensemble of Venezuela. It is made up of El Sistema’s finest brass players and percussionists, mainly drawn from the ranks of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, who carry out an important educational work with the children from the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras and Choirs of Venezuela.
The ensemble made its debut under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel in Hamburg in 2005 and, since then, the German maestro Thomas Clamor has been its music director.
The VBE has participated in major concert series in Venezuela and has toured Austria, Canada, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, England, Finland, Germany, Norway, the United States, Peru and Switzerland.
In 2007, the Venezuelan Brass Ensemble made a notable Proms debut before more than five thousand enthusiastic listeners at London’s Royal Albert Hall, receiving enthusiastic reviews from the press. That same year, its first album We Got Rhythm, and the concert DVD Gran Fanfaria were released under EMI Classics and Euro Arts, respectively.
In 2009, during the tour of Canada of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (SBSOV), the Venezuela Brass Ensemble shared the stage with the Canadian Brass at the Koerner Hall of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
Led by Clamor, the VBE gave two concerts in England in 2011. The first one was held at the Brigewater Hall in Manchester, and the second at the South Bank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. There, before a capacity audience of 2,700 the Venezuelan musicians played Giancarlo Castro’s Gran Fanfaria in their eagerness to premiere contemporary works, especially those by Venezuelan composers.
In January 2012, the VBE gave a concert at The Luckman Fine Arts Complex in Los Angeles as part of the Mahler Project carried out by the SBSOV and the LA Phil. Three months later, the ensemble toured Norway and appeared at the Bergen International Festival. In the summer of 2013, the VBE played at the Salzburg Festival.