Gusztáv HŐNA

He started studying music in 1961. He graduated from the teachers’ training college of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in 1971 and from the five-year course of studies at the same institution in 1973. He attended the Florida State University, USA on a three-month fellowship twice, in 1978 and 1979.

He has been member of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Hungarian Radio and Television since 1972. Gusztáv Hőna founded two chamber music formations: the Modern Brass Ensemble in 1974 and the Hőna Trombone Quartet in 1983 and has achieved great success with both ensembles in Hungary and abroad. At the International Brass Competition in Ancona the Modern Brass Ensemble has won first prize.

Since 1981 Gusztáv Hőna has attended on international events, given master-classes, lectures, chamber and solo concerts in Europe, America and Australia, focusing mainly on contemporary Hungarian trombone literature. In 1992 he was awarded the Liszt and the Artisjus prize for his outstanding artistic achievements and his endeavors of propagating and performing Hungarian compositions at home and abroad. For this work he received the prize of the Artisjus Music Foundation a second time in 2002. He has been teaching at the Ferenc Liszt University of Music since 1990. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Trombone Association in 2010 and the Bartók-Pásztory Award in 2013.


Born in 1958, in Sátoraljaújhely, Hungary. Got his diploma on the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in '82. From 1980 to 1992 he was the member of the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, then he became the member of the trombone section of the Budapest Festival Orchestra in 1992 until 2009. He worked regularly in Luxemburg, with the European Soloists Ochestra, and for 20 years he was part of the austro-hungarian band, Pro Brass. Founding member of the Budapest Ragtime Band.

Sándor Balogh pursues a wide-ranging activity also as a composer. He orchestrates and arranges a lot of compositions of lighter music to different instrumental groups, ranging from contemporary pop-rock transcription for string quartet to symphony orchestra. He contributed on some hundred records as a musician, writer or conductor. His most recent album is with the Brass Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducting his own compositions.

From 2010, he is the chamber music teacher at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. Awards: Bartók-Pásztory-award, Emerton award. Prizes on international composer competitions: 1995 Monte Carlo – Grand Prix, 1997 Brno – II. place, 2001 Shanghai – III. place


In 1980, age 20, Chris toured with the London Symphony Orchestra and was appointed Principal Trombone of the Orchestra of Opera North in the following year, a seat he held for twenty seven years. He has since appeared as Guest Principal with most major UK ensembles including the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Royal Opera House Covent Garden and London Brass and still plays regularly with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia, MusicFabrik, Scottish Chamber, Superbrass and the Symphonic Brass of London.

Currently Head of Brass at Birmingham Conservatoire, Professor of Trombone and Brass Ensemble at the Folkwang University of Arts, Essen, Germany and Visiting Tutor at London's Guildhall School of Music & Drama, he has also served as Senior Tutor in Brass and International Visiting Tutor at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music and has been recently voted 2014 Teacher of the Year by the British Trombone Society. He is a regular Trombone Professor with the Gustav Mahler Jungendorchester, European Union Youth Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and gives recitals and masterclasses throughout the world.

Currently Chairman of the International Trombone Association Executive Board and a former President of the British Trombone Society, he has hosted the IPV Symposium 2010 in Essen and appeared as guest artist at International Trombone Festivals in Nashville, Aarhus, Birmingham, Las Vegas, Slide Factory Rotterdam, IPV Symposiums in Hannover and Stuttgart, Adams and Lätzsch Festivals in the Netherlands and International Festivals in Washington DC and Sweden.


Dr. Irvin L. Wagner is a faculty member at the University of Oklahoma where he is holds the distinguished titles of David Ross Boyd and Regents Professor of Music. At the University he teaches trombone as well as serves as Coordinator of Graduate Music Studies. Complimentary to his regular duties at the University he is a trombonist in the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra.

Irv served as President of the International Trombone Association from 1982-84, and during his tenure traveled completely around the world performing, teaching, and organizing national trombone chapters in such countries as Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, Israel, Greece , and Great Britain. This activity around the world resulted in him being the Most Listened to Trombonist in the World in the 80's as he was heard by more than a quarter of the population of the earth.

Before coming to Oklahoma Irv taught at Louisiana State University and performed in the Baton Rouge Symphony, and prior to that he was Director of Bands at McPherson College in Kansas and a member of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Wagner holds a Bachelor's Degree from McPherson College, as well as Master's and Doctor's Degrees from the Eastman School of Music. At Eastman he was a student of the late master teacher of the trombone, Emory Remington.

Gabriel MADAS

Born in 1945 in Levoča (Slovakia). He attended the Music Conservatory in Košice, where he studied trombone with František Polaško, graduating in 1965. Following this he enrolled as a trombone major at the College of Music in Prague in the class of Miloslav Hejda, completing his degree there four years later.

By this time his career as a professional musician had already begun, having been principal trombonist with the Czech Philharmonic in Prague since January 1, 1968. It was not only in the orchestra that he proved his talent. In 1973, he won the Bronze Medal at the music competition in Geneva; and in 1973 and 1974 he won the first prize at the National Competition in Kraslice. In 1974 he won one of the most prominent international competitions, that of the "Prager Frühling". It is therefore not surprising that shortly after his emigration he quickly received another engagement. On September 1, 1977, he became the first trombonist of the Bern Symphony Orchestra, only to leave this post after one season for a similar position with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra beginning on September 1, 1978. In 1981, he officially joined the Association of the Vienna Philharmonic and in that same year began teaching at the Vienna Conservatory, a position which he maintained until September 1, 2010.

Jacques MAUGER

A prize winner at international competitions in Markneukirchen (Germany) and Toulon (France), Jacques Mauger started his career as principal trombone in the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra, and then became a trombone soloist in the Orchestra of the National Opera of Paris. Since 1990 he has focused on working as a concert artist, frequently promoting French music abroad. He has performed in Europe, Asia, South America and the USA. Jacques has performed many original works by composers such as de Meij, Naulais, Defaye, thereby contributing to the body of trombone literature. He has been a guest performer on television and he has recorded more than 15 solo CD's. Jacques is both an international teacher and a professor at the HEMU in Lausanne (Switzerland) and at the CRR in Paris. He is also a guest professor in Tokyo. He often leads master classes around the world. In 2008 as a clinician for Courtois, he helped develop the new trombone, the Courtois AC440.



Miklós Csáthy started his musical education on the instrument at the Béla Bartók Music High School in Miskolc (1986-1990). He was awarded both the 1st prize and the jury prize of the national trombone competition there. Afterwards, he was admitted to the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, where he received his bass trombone diploma in 1996.

As of January 1, 1997, he is the bass trombone player of the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. He is also active on the Hungarian jazz scene as the bass trombonist of the Modern Art Orchestra. Through his musical career, he has played a wide repertoire of symphonic orchestral, operatic, and jazz big band works. He was invited numerous times to serve as a jury member of Hungarian and international trombone competitions.