Trombone Shop Grand Opening at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center

Free Clinic & Master Class, Special Products & Pricing!

Celebrate the “Grand Opening” of The Trombone Shop – a great new addition to the Pro Shops at Schmitt Music Brooklyn CenterSaturday, April 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Trombone Shop is filled with professional and intermediate low brass instruments and a great selection of accessories from Bach, Conn, Yamaha, S.E. Shires, Getzen, Blessing, Courtois, Denis Wick, Schilke, Monette, Kelly, Protec, Humes & Berg, Jo-Ral, Hetman Lubricants and more! Join us for these “Grand Opening” events:

Open House: all day, 10AM to 6PM – PBONE GIVEAWAYS, $100 OFF ANY NEW TROMBONE!

Check out The Trombone Shop’s great selection, including an expanded inventory of instruments from Conn-Selmer and S.E. Shires! All day long, you’ll find special pricing on select instruments, and GET $100 OFF any new trombone during the event! Plus, we’ll have DOOR PRIZES and we’re giving away a FREE PBONE after each clinic/performance!

Michael B Nelson clinicMichael B. Nelson Clinic & Performance: 11AM to 12PM

Join us for a free performance and clinic with Michael B. Nelson, producer, composer, arranger, trombonist and leader of the Hornheads (formerly of Prince’s New Power Generation). Seating is limited, so RSVP to save your spot! Call 763-398-5018, email or to use our online RSVP form.

R. Douglas Wright Master ClassR. Douglas Wright Master Class & Performance: 3PM to 5PM

Join us for a free Master Class and performance with R. Douglas Wright, principal trombonist of the Minnesota Orchestra since 1995. Seating is limited, so RSVP to save your spot! Call 763-398-5018, email or to use our online RSVP form.

Contact Keith Hilson, Trombone Shop Manager, to learn more about our “Grand Opening” or to RSVP for an event. Please call 763-398-5018 or email

Michael B. Nelson, tromboneMichael B. Nelson has distinguished himself as the leader, composer, arranger, and trombonist for the internationally acclaimed, 5-piece a cappella jazz horn group, the HORNHEADS.

From 1991-2001 Nelson and the Hornheads recorded and toured worldwide with Prince, performing for over 2 million concert goers. Nelson recorded and arranged horns for 20 CDs with Prince and associated Paisley Park artists and co-wrote “Billy Jack Bitch” on Prince’s Grammy-nominated Gold Experience CD. In 1996 Nelson received a McKnight Composers Fellowship through the American Composers Forum.

As a top call studio musician, he has appeared on over 100 CDs, with producer, composer, arranger, and performer credits on 3 Hornheads solo releases (Fat Lip, 5 Heads Are Better Than 1, and Hornheads) and 10 Compass Records CDs for the Target retail chain. Nelson has performed and/or recorded with Chaka Khan, Doc Severinsen, Lenny Kravitz, The Jonas Brothers, Sammy Davis Jr., Mandy Moore, Jimmy Jam, Johnny Mathis, Honor Society, Larry Graham, Ben Sidran, Jordan Pruitt, Babyface, Maceo Parker, and many others. He has also worked on many commercial projects for companies such as Target, BMW, Holiday Inn, Macys, ABC, Minnesota Twins, Best Buy, General Mills, Hormel, Donatos, Long John Silver, and Redline Entertainment.

Learn more about Michael B. Nelson on his website:

R. Douglas Wright, tromboneR. Douglas Wright has served as the principal trombonist of the Minnesota Orchestra since 1995. He received his training at the New England Conservatory under the guidance of his principal teacher, Norman Bolter. While still attending NEC, Doug began playing with the Boston Pops Orchestra, holding the position of 2nd trombone there for four years. In addition, he played frequently in the trombone section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Prior to his appointment with the Minnesota Orchestra, Doug was the trombonist of the Empire Brass Quintet, performing concerts and teaching master classes around the world. During that time, he also served as Adjunct Professor of Trombone at Boston University.

Other orchestral positions that Mr. Wright has held include assistant principal trombone of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, principal trombone of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and principal trombone of the Cleveland Orchestra. Additionally, Doug has performed numerous times under the baton of Maestro Valerie Gergiev as a member of the World Orchestra for Peace, an orchestra comprised of musicians from over 70 orchestras located in over 40 different countries.
Doug has recorded extensively in both orchestral and chamber music settings with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestras, as well as with the Empire Brass Quintet. In a mild departure, he appeared with the rock group “Aerosmith” in an MTV video. Truer to form, he has performed as featured soloist with a number of orchestras, including numerous times with the Minnesota Orchestra.

In 2001, Doug gave the world premiere of Mixed Feelings, a trombone concerto commissioned by the Minnesota Orchestra and written expressly for him by Viennese composer, Kurt Schwertsik. More recently, he performed Kalevi Aho’s Symphony no. 9 for Solo Trombone and Orchestra. As a Selmer clinician, Doug has performed solo recitals and taught master classes throughout the United States and abroad.

Learn more about R. Douglas Wright:

Click here to learn more about The Trombone Shop, or contact Trombone Shop Manager, Keith Hilson, for “Grand Opening” event details. Please call 763-398-5018 or email us at


Schmitt Music Summer Camps | Piano, Guitar, Marching Band, Orchestral Strings

Does your child love music?  Summer is a perfect time to develop valuable skills and explore the joys of music-making! Learn more about Schmitt Music Summer Camps and sign up today – CLICK HERE!

At Schmitt Music’s Summer Camps, our professional instructors offer a quality education in a fun group environment. Camps include individual instruction and practice time, plus group lessons, activities and classes. Choose from 4 great camps coming to the Twin Cities metro area this summer:

The first session of Summer Camps begin on June 15 – LEARN MORE and sign up today!


Kawai piano instant rebates in March

You’ll get an INSTANT REBATE UP TO $1,000 when you “Spring for a Kawai” and buy a qualifying new Kawai piano this month!

Contact your Schmitt Music Piano Specialist today and set up a showing. You’ll see and hear why Kawai pianos and the choice of those who know! Visit your Schmitt Music store and purchase an eligible Kawai grand or upright acoustic piano, or select digital pianos (models CP2 & CP3) before March 31, 2015, to qualify for an Instant Rebate – save $150 up to $1,000 instantly!

Ask about our “same as cash” and other great financing options.
NEW VERTICAL PIANOS – from just $68.74 per month!*
NEW GRAND PIANOS – starting at $147.01 per month!*

*With qualified credit; monthly payment assumes 7% sales tax, 10% down payment, 9.99% APR; includes local delivery

Click here to find your Schmitt Music Piano Specialist online.

Top 100 Dealer Awards, NAMM

Schmitt Music Wins Two ‘Top 100 Dealer Awards’!

We are proud to announce that Schmitt Music is the winner of the “Best Marketing & Sales Promotion” and “Best Support Music Advocacy” as recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) at the Top 100 Dealer Awards. The awards ceremony took place on July 12, during the Summer NAMM show in Nashville, TN.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the categories we won at the Top 100 Dealer Awards!

Tom Schmitt receives an award from host Steve Wariner

Schmitt Music President, Tom Schmitt (pictured on right), receives the award for “Best Marketing & Sales Promotion” from event host, American country music star, Steve Wariner (left).

Schmitt Music was also nominated for “Dealer of the Year” at the July 12th event, and was honored as one of the Top 100 Dealers in May 2013. Learn more about Schmitt Music’s awards here:


Orange Amps, Epiphone Guitars

Epiphone Guitars & Orange Amps at Select Stores!

Schmitt Music is proud to announce the addition of two classic brands: we welcome Orange Amplification and Epiphone to our featured guitar shops!

You’ll find a great selection of guitars and basses by Epiphone, like the classic “Les Paul” electric guitar, and we’ve got Orange products like the famous “Tiny Terror” amp head and more!

Orange and Epiphone products are now in-stock at Schmitt Music stores in Fargo, North Dakota; and Burnsville, Duluth and Rochester, Minnesota. Contact one of our guitar gurus for current inventory, or for more product details:

Call 952-435-2454 or to submit an email.

Call 218-727-8341 or to submit an email.

Call 701-281-1828 or to submit an email.

Call 507-288-1960 or to submit an email.


Best of 2014, Edina Magazine

Schmitt Music Edina Wins “Best Music Lessons” Award!

We are proud to announce that Schmitt Music Edina is the winner of a “Best Music Lessons” Award, as recognized in Edina Magazine’s “Best of 2014 Reader’s Choice” edition. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

With 4,000 weekly music lessons, one of the best selections of saxophones and trumpets in the country and 15 stores operating in the Midwest, it’s no wonder Schmitt Music earns this top spot. “The Edina location is the largest lesson-offering store in the company,” says director of education, Michael Wright. “It’s a great store. People are very happy with the services and education they receive.”

Are you interested in music lessons?! Try Schmitt Music’s easy online lesson search to browse teachers by instrument, store, or age/skill level. You can even sign up online!   CLICK HERE to find the right music teacher today!

Check out the rest of Edina Magazine’s “Best of 2014 Reader’s Choice” list on their website:

In 2013, Schmitt Music won two awards at the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) TOP 100 DEALER AWARDS: “Best Support Music Advocacy” and “Best Marketing & Sales Promotion.”  CLICK HERE to learn more about our NAMM recognition.


Music Makes Us Whole is supported by Schmitt Music

Every child can reap the benefits of music when communities and schools support a complete music learning framework. Schmitt Music is a proud sponsor of “Music Makes Us Whole” – a great new resource for Minnesota’s school music programs!

Music Makes Us Whole is the initiative of several dozen Minnesota non-profit and for-profit organizations that believe every child deserves a rich music education. We advocate for this because of music’s intrinsic value in the human experience, and also for the whole-brain and whole-life benefits to the child as well as his or her community.

Visit to learn more, and get involved. Call your local Principal or Superintendent and ask how music is doing in your school.

Principals and superintendents value input from community members. Have a conversation, focus on students, and share why music is important for a child’s success.Music learning is proven to support students. That can only happen when your school has a strong music program. Make sure every child in your community receives the boost that music learning provides.

Schmitt Music is deeply involved in advocating on behalf of music education. In addition to donations of volunteer time and in-kind gifts, for over 45 years the Schmitt Foundation has donated 5% of pre-tax income to music-oriented charities.

“Our vision is to be our customers’ preferred resource for everything they need to accomplish their musical goals,” said Tom Schmitt. “We want to help people become music makers for life, and we strive to make a quality musical education available for every kid in our service area!”

As a long-standing and ongoing corporate commitment, Schmitt Music has taken direct action to help needy students receive the benefits of a musical education. For nearly 30 years, the company has organized, promoted and conducted numerous used instrument drives to put quality instruments into the hands of needy children – and Schmitt Music supports the similar work of “Music for All Children” and “Vega Productions” through instrument donations, referrals and the use of our stores as drop-off points. Tens of thousands of instruments have been put into the hands of disadvantages students through those efforts.

Please help Schmitt Music realize our mission… help make a quality musical education available for every child in Minnesota. Learn more about the benefits of music education, and get involved – CLICK HERE to visit the Music Makes Us Whole website.


Schmitt Music Kawai digital piano award

Schmitt Music was recently honored by Kawai Pianos with the “Dealer of the Year – Digital Pianos” award at the annual Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California.

The award represents an extraordinary achievement by Schmitt Music’s Piano Specialists, who sold more Kawai digital pianos than any other company in the U.S. last year! Schmitt Music proudly represents Kawai instruments in every market where we do business. Contact a Schmitt Music Piano Specialist today to set up your showing, and let us help you find the perfect piano!

Kawai’s annual awards reception was held on the opening night of the NAMM show, on Thursday, January 22, 2015. At the event, President of Kawai Global Group, Hirotaka Kawai, noted that in 2014 Kawai received seven major international awards for excellence, the most ever in a single year.

Kawai Award for Dealer of the Year - Digital Pianos

Schmitt Music Company receives the “Dealer of the Year – Digital Pianos” award in Anaheim, CA (above) at the Winter NAMM Show. (L-R): Naoki Mori, president, Kawai America Corporation; Duane Norton, Regional Sales Manager, Schmitt Music; Wayne Reinhardt, Senior VP, Chief Operating Officer, Schmitt Music; Hirotaka Kawai, president, Kawai Global Group; Tom Wennblom, Institutional Sales Manager, Schmitt Music.

Kawai Award, 2015 Namm event


Free Clinic & Performance with Bob Mintzer

Eastman Music Company and The Sax Shop are proud to present a special “Clinic and Performance” with Bob Mintzer, legendary LA-based jazz saxophonist!  Join us on Saturday, April 25 at 1PM at Schmitt Music Brooklyn CenterFREE!

Bob Mintzer is a legendary jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger, big band leader and member of the Grammy award winning Yellowjackets. Don’t miss this chance to hear a true jazz great play and talk about music! He’ll be performing with and showcasing Andreas Eastman “52nd Street” saxophones. This FREE clinic and performance precedes Bob’s evening concert on Saturday, April 25 with the JazzMN Orchestra!

At the event, you can GET $100 OFF on any new 52nd Street or Eastman saxophone! We’ll also have discounts on select popular mouthpieces and accessories!

Seating is limited, so RSVP to save your spot!  Give us a call at 763-398-5034, email us at, or use our online RSVP form – .

Check out Randy Brecker & Bob Mintzer performing at Bflat Jazz Festival in 2012:

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The JazzMN Orchestra, the Twin Cities’ premier professional jazz ensemble, performs a broad range of jazz repertoire spanning classic and contemporary styles, showcasing outstanding musicians from throughout the region, and featuring world-class guest artists. Formed as a nonprofit arts organization in 1998, JazzMN, Inc. supports its mission to promote excellence in the jazz art form through performance, preservation and educational outreach.

CLICK HERE to visit and get your tickets for Bob’s evening JazzMN show!


“Playing music is a life long commitment. There are always new things to consider and develop. I’m exhilarated and humbled by music on a daily basis, and plan to continue on this path until my last day on earth.” These words pretty much sums up Bob Mintzer’s approach to music.

Bob leads several musical lives that, at times, seem humanly impossible for one person to sustain. He is a 20 year member of the Grammy award winning Yellowjackets, leads his own Grammy winning big band, is the recipient of the Buzz McCoy endowed chair of jazz studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, does workshops all over the world, writes books on jazz, writes for orchestra, concert band, and big band, travels with his own quartet, and plays with numerous other bands around the globe. He is equally active in the composing, performing and educational fields.

Bob has written over 200 big band arrangements. His big band music is played over the world, and has influenced numerous big band writers. He honed his big band writing and playing skills in the bands of Tito Puente, Buddy Rich, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis. He has also written works for the National Symphony Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra of the Netherlands. WDR Big band in Cologne, HR Big Band in Frankfurt and was commissioned to write a piece for concert band and tenor sax by a consortium of 50 universities.

As an instrumentalist Bob has worked with Art Blakey, Jaco Pastorius, Sam Jones, Randy Brecker, Gil Evans, the Yellowjackets, GRP All Star Big Band, Mike Manieri, The New York Philharmonic, to name a few. He has done session work for James Taylor, Steve Winwood, Queen, Donald Fagan, Milton Nascimento, and countless others.

Bob has recorded some 30 solo projects and was awarded with 4 grammy nominations and a Grammy award for best large jazz ensemble recording in 2001 for Homage to Count Basie on the DMP label.

Bob currently resides in Los Angeles in the former house of composer Arnold Schoenberg (his first LA residence, 1934-1936), teaches at USC, travels 4 months out of the year, and, when at home, writes and practices constantly. He is generally considered one of the tenor saxophonists who came out the school of New York players in the 70′s, which includes Michael Brecker, Bob Berg, David Liebman and Steve Grossman.

Visit his website to learn more:


Free Master Class & Performance with Charles Lazarus

Yamaha and The Trumpet Shop are proud to present a special “Master Class and Performance” with Charles Lazarus, trumpeter and composer, Yamaha Artist, and member of the Minnesota Orchestra.  Join us at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center on Sunday, April 26 from 1PM to 2PM – FREE!

Charles Lazarus will be presenting a solo trumpet performance, followed by a clinic with opportunities for students to play and get feedback on the performance. Charles is a Yamaha Artist, and will be performing on Yamaha trumpets. During the event, you can GET 10% OFF on a new Yamaha Silent Brass System – play and practice anytime, anywhere!

Seating is limited, so RSVP to save your spot!  Give us a call at 763-398-5018, email us at, or use our online RSVP form – .

Check out Charles and band performing his tune “Kilauea’s Fountains” on MN Originals:

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Charles Lazarus is known for his distinctive blend of lounge/exotica and funk fired jazz. The trumpeter / composer’s eclectic career has been met with acclaim from critics worldwide. Lazarus made his main stage Carnegie Hall solo debut with the New York String Orchestra at the age of 19 while still a student at The Juilliard School in New York. He has been a member of the Dallas Brass, Meridian Arts Ensemble, Canadian Brass, and currently the Minnesota Orchestra. He has been on the trumpet faculties of Princeton University and St. Olaf College, and has performed and taught master classes in every US state, Canada, South America and throughout Europe and Asia.

Lazarus has performed his own compositions for the Montreal and Ottawa international jazz festivals, live on Radio Canada, for music videos that have aired nationally on Canadian television, and as an opening act for Tony Bennett. He has performed with the New York Trumpet Ensemble, The New York Big Brass, The London Brass, and the Montreal Symphony and has been a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, and the Bach Society among others. He has recorded for television and Imax film scores, as well as major symphony orchestras and numerous classical, pop and jazz ensembles. Lazarus released his debut solo CD, Solo Settings, in 2005 and followed up with a second recording, Zabava, in 2008.

A 2007 winner of the prestigious McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, Lazarus has created and premiered three original orchestra pops programs in recent years: A Night in the Tropics, American Riffs and Fly Me to the Moon: Big Band Love Songs.

Visit his website to learn more:


Shell Lake Arts Center Summer Music Camp, Win a Scholarship

You Could Win a Summer Music Camp Scholarship!

Are you serious about taking your playing to the next level? Would you like to study with incredible musicians for free? Schmitt Music and McNally Smith College of Music are excited to offer a chance to WIN A FULL SCHOLARSHIP to attend your choice of a Summer Music Camp at the Shell Lake Arts Center in Wisconsin this summer – A $575 VALUE!

Get details and enter to win @

Must be 15-18 years old to enter. Winners will be announced on May 18. Camps are available June 14 through August 7, including: Jazz Improvisation, Guitar & Bass Workshops, Extreme Strings, Trumpet, Trombone, and Sax Workshops, Rock Band, and Show Choir! Click here to learn more about the Shell Lake Arts Center in Shell Lake, WI.


Steve Barta Steinway Artist at Schmitt Music Denver

Join us for a special concert with Grammy Nominated Steinway Artist Steve Barta at Schmitt Music Denver on Saturday, March 28 at 7:00PM – FREE CONCERT!

Steve Barta is a curious blend of Aaron Copland and Antonia Carlos Jobim.” – Herbie Mann

Enjoy an evening of music featuring Steinway Artist Steve Barta performing his original compositions and arrangements. His works draw from classical, Brazilian and American style jazz genres. Don’t miss this free concert! Seating is limited, so RSVP to save your spot!

Please call 303-777-1900, email or use our online RSVP form – .

Check out the tune “Wish Upon a Canvas” from Steve Barta’s popular “Blue River” album, featuring flautist Herbie Mann:

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Steve Barta Biography:

Grammy Nominated Pianist, Composer, Arranger, Producer, Educator and Author
Pianist Steve Barta has stayed true to his creative path for over thirty years as a Composer, Recording Artist, Producer, Author, Educator and Speaker. He has performed his original works as a solo artist with jazz ensembles and symphony orchestras. His contribution to the world of music includes fourteen recordings that reflect his many influences, particularly Brazilian, Jazz and Classical.

Steve has released fourteen recordings to date. He has worked and/or recorded with Al Jarreau, Hubert Laws, Herbie Mann, Dori Caymmi, B.B. King, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Paulinho da Costa, Mike Shapiro and many more. His recordings are available worldwide via, iTunes,, and CD Baby.

Steve has written several works for symphony orchestra that have been performed worldwide. Mr. Barta is a music educator with over thirty years of experience teaching intermediate to advanced students, educators and professional musicians. Special areas of instruction for private students, clinics and Master Classes are Music Interpretation, Improvisation, Arranging and Composition. His latest project which will be release in the Spring of 2015 is a new recording/arrangement of Claude Bolling’s classic, “Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano” featuring Hubert Laws and Jeffery Biegel.

Learn about Steve’s Grammy-nominated project, “Jumpin’ Jazz Kids” –


Joey Curtin Concert at Schmitt Music Kansas City

Please join us for a concert with Joey Curtin at Schmitt Music Kansas City on Friday, March 20 at 7PM. This performance will feature original compositions and new arrangements of beloved folk melodies!

Now living in Kansas City, Joey Curtin is a composer and keyboard artist who began her musical career in the San Francisco Bay area.   Her piano and synthesizer compositions are a fusion of jazz, new age, Americana and Celtic influences. Joey’s music has been featured on Public Radio, a PBS documentary and can be heard on Pandora Radio – in fact, Pandora has just added a Joey Curtin (Holiday) station featuring her album “The Electric Christmas Symphony” – learn more on her website:

Suggested donation: $10 at the door.

Seating is limited, so RSVP to save your seat! Please call 913-663-4756 or to RSVP online.

Check out Joey’s version of “Can’t Find My Way Home” by Steve Winwood and Blind Faith here:

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Cuellar and Lluis-Puebla, Piano Duo Concert in Kansas City

Please join us for a special “Duo Piano Concert” featuring Emilio Lluis-Puebla and Martin Cuéllar at Schmitt Music Kansas City on Thursday, March 12 at 7PM – FREE!

The evening’s program includes music for two pianos by Sergei Rachmaninoff, featuring “Suite No 1, Op. 5″ and “Symphonic Dances, Op. 45.” Seating is limited, so RSVP to save your spot!

Please call 913-663-4756, email us at or to use our online RSVP form.

Martin Cuéllar enjoys an active and successful career as performer, educator, clinician and composer. He holds degrees in piano performance from The University of Texas at Austin (DMA, MM) and The Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, Spain (performance certificate) where he studied as a Rotary Scholar. Dr. Cuéllar has also conducted research and piano studies on the music of Enrique Granados at the Marshall Academy of Music in Barcelona (formerly the Granados Academy).

As a performer, Dr. Cuéllar has played concerts in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Spain, Germany, South Korea and China. He is also nationally recognized as a composer of pedagogical piano pieces and is published by the FJH Music Company – publisher of not only his pedagogical compositions, but academic editions as well.

Dr. Cuéllar serves as Professor of Piano at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas.


Emilio Lluis-Puebla was born in Mexico City from Catalan and Mexican ascendance in 1952. He began studying piano at 6 years of age with distinguished pianists in his homeland. He studied with Peter Katin, and took master classes with Daniel Ericourt and Jörg Demus. He has given numerous performances as recitalist, as a pianist in chamber music and as soloist with symphony orchestras since 1965. He received several awards in piano competitions and has given recitals both at home and abroad.

Lluis-Puebla made recordings for radio and television, including the premiere in Mexico of the original version of the Second Piano Sonata of Rachmaninoff in 1980 and 1984. Has an extensive repertoire of both classic and contemporary works. In 1992 he gave the first performance in Mexico of the Rachmaninoff Sonata No. 1 and in 2009 of Rachmaninoff´s Corelli Variations.

Dr. Lluis frequently lectures and offers master classes in Mexico and abroad. The most recent was at Georgia State University and it dealed with the 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas. In the eighties he presented Beethoven´s Complete Cycle of the 32 piano sonatas. “Lluis-Puebla Collection on CD and DVD” is his portrait as concert pianist and consists of more than sixty CD and over fifty DVD. It can be seen at

His performances include repeated tours in South America and Europe, performing as recitalist in Canada, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, United States, etc. and as soloist with many symphony orchestras as well as foreign nationals including the National Symphony Orchestra of La Paz and Rio de Janeiro Philharmonic performing works such as Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, Brahms Concerto No. 2 and Rachmaninoff´s second piano concerto.

In recent years, his concert activity encompasses around fifty concerts a year. Currently he is offering a “Lluis-Puebla-Rachmaninoff Cycle” and a new “Lluis-Puebla-Beethoven Cycle” which includes, besides the 32 sonatas, the chamber works for piano and violin, cello and voice, trios, etc. and the concertos for piano and orchestra.


An Evening of Music with Sawicki and Ainomae, piano and cello at Schmitt Music Denver

Join us for a “Duo Recital” featuring Joshua Sawicki, piano & Silver Ainomae, cello at Schmitt Music Denver on Wednesday, March 18th at 7:00PM – FREE CONCERT!

Former Young Artist winner pianist Joshua Sawicki is joined by Colorado Symphony principal cellist Silver Ainomäe for an evening of exquisite chamber music including Brahms’ Cello Sonata in F Major and Messiaen’s Praise to the Eternity of Jesus from the Quartet for the End of Time among other selections. Seating is limited, so RSVP to save your spot!

Please call 303-777-1900, email or use our online RSVP form – .

The Duo Recital Program:

Brahms: “Sonata for cello and piano in F major, op. 99″ – (30 mins)

Messiaen: “Praise to the Eternity of Jesus, from the Quartet for the end of time” – (8 mins)


Janacek: “Pohadka (fairy tale)” – (10 mins)

Beethoven: “Sonata for cello and piano no. 3 in A major” – (25 mins)

Silver AinomaeFrom his 2000 solo debut with the Estonian National Orchestra, Silver Ainomäe has performed in over 30 countries, including concertos with the Finnish Radio Orchestra, Zürich Chamber Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Polish Radio Orchestra, and the Colorado Symphony. He has won prizes in international cello competitions in Warsaw, Helsinki, and Tongyeong (South Korea) and awards in London and Rome.

Born in Estonia, Silver moved with his family to Finland in 1990. He was accepted into the celebrated Sibelius Academy to study with Hannu Kiiski and Arto Noras, ultimately receiving his Masters degree. He went on to London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama and later to the Razumovsky Academy, where he studied with Oleg Kogan.

Currently Principal Cellist of the Colorado Symphony, Silver has served as guest Principal with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Visit Silver’s website for more information:

Joshua SawickiJoshua Sawicki was born in New Britain, Connecticut, into a family of Polish, French, and Native American descent. He was raised in Unionville, Connecticut, where he began piano lessons at age 4 — and graduated from Farmington High School in 2006. During high school he studied at the Hartt School of Music (Hartford, CT) and won awards in various piano competitions, including the Musical Club of Hartford Piano Competition, Renee B. Fisher Piano Competition, Hartford Young Artists Concerto Competition, the Williams Chorale New England Young Artists Competition, the Audrey Thayer Piano Competition, and was the recipient of the Hartt School’s Jeffrey Quinn Memorial Scholarship.

Since then, Joshua has studied at the Royal College of Music (London, England), Boston University, University of South Florida, the Aspen Music Festival, the Chautauqua International Piano Festival, the International Keyboard Institute and Festival (New York City) and recently finished an Artist Diploma at the Lamont School of Music, where he studied with New York-based pianist Steven Mayer.

Recent awards include 1st place in the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra concerto competition, 1st place in the Lamont Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, 2nd place at the Artist Series of Sarasota piano competition, the Jacques Abrahms Piano Scholarship, 1st place in the USF Tampa Symphony Orchestra concerto competition, 1st place in the Stephen P. Brown concerto competition, 1st prize for the best performance of the commissioned competition piece (“Starlight,” by David Liptak of the Eastman School of Music) in the 14th Chautauqua International Piano Competition. Joshua was a quarter-finalist in the Sixth Isidor Bajic Piano Memorial Competition (Novi Sad, Serbia), a semi-finalist in the Maria Herrero International Piano Competition, and a finalist in the 15th Chautauqua International Piano Competition.

Recent concerto appearances include d’Indy’s “Symphony on a French Mountain Air” in Denver, Prokofiev’s 3rd Piano Concerto in Denver and in Grand Junction, Brahms’ Second piano concerto in Tampa; Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s “Millennium Fantasy” with the Patel Conservatory Chamber Orchestra. Recent solo performances have been in Novi Sad, Serbia (Isidor Bajic Memorial), Paris, France (Association Philomuses), Utrecht, Netherlands (Utrecht Conservatory), Cambridge, Massachusetts (Boston Ethical Society), Tampa, Florida (Clarion Society, Rutenberg Chamber Festival), and Aspen Colorado (Spotlight Series) and Denver (Playground New Music Ensemble, Newman Center for the Performing Arts), and a world premiere video recording of Geoff Sheil’s “Newport” (2012). Recent chamber performances been with principal members of the Colorado Symphony on Colorado Public Radio, on the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra chamber series, and with the Playground Ensemble (

Joshua has performed in masterclasses with Veda Kaplinsky, Niklas Sivelöv, Enrico Elisi, Awagadin Pratt, Rebecca Penneys, Sebastian Colombo, Misha Dichter, Nikki Melville, Boaz Sharon, Dai Uk Lee, John Milbauer, Maria Clodes-Jaguaribe, Margreet Francis, Alexander Korsantia, Jonathan Bass, Sean Duggan, Thomas Schumacher, Theodor Paraskivesco, and the Muir String Quartet.

Besides performing, Joshua is an avid teacher. While in Tampa, he taught piano classes at the University of South Florida, and taught privately at the Tampa Piano Academy and at the Patel Conservatory. Currently he is adjunct faculty at the Community College of Denver, teaches privately in Denver, and is the owner and director of Colorado Music Quest, a music school in Aurora (

Joshua’s major teachers include Rebecca Penneys, Steven Mayer, John O’Conor, and Svetozar Ivanov. Learn more on his website:

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