Max was born in Watford and currently studies trumpet at the Royal Academy of Music. A highlight from the Academy has been featuring as principal trumpet in the Kohn Foundation ‘Bach Cantata Series’ consistently for three years. Max is currently participating in the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Academy 2014. Since starting at the Academy, has worked with: Sir Mark Elder, Sir Colin Davis, Laurence Cummings, Murasaki Suzuki, Pablo Heras-Casado, Semyon Bychkov, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Baldur Brönnimann, James Watson, Elgar Howarth, John Adams, Iain Ledingham, Margaret Faultless, Rachel Podger, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Franck Ollu, Peter Stark and Daniel Capps. Max has recently returned from Japan where he had the honour of representing the Academy at the International Music Students Festival in Kyoto, featuring conservatoire students from all over the world. In the summer 2014 Max performs for the first time with the European Union Baroque Orchestra. Recent solo performances included recitals in: St. Martin-in-the-Fields, High Wycombe, Watford, Marylebone, the Royal Academy of Music and Hampton Court Palace. A recent solo highlight has been performing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, which was his main aim from entering studies four years ago at the Royal Academy. A future performance of the concerto is approaching in October 2014 in Whitehall with a historical period instrument ensemble. This is becoming a great love of Max’s and he hopes to pursue more historically informed performance after he graduates in July 2014.
Alongside appearances as guest principal trumpet with the Rambert Dance Company, Darmstadt Philharmonie, and the Encuentro de Santander, Darren has toured with chamber groups across the UK, Spain, and even to Mauritius. Darren is interested in modern musical improvisation as well as period instrument performance on natural trumpet and cornetto. He is delighted to be playing as an improvising soloist at the St Alban’s International Organ Festival 2013. As a result of his enthusiasm on the research and performance degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Darren has been invited by the University of Northampton to give a lecture on the life and work of composer Malcolm Arnold in October 2013. Darren is a yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, having won First Prize in their ensemble competition with the brass quintet Aedelfrith. As a soloist, he was recently awarded the Ian Fleming Award (administered by the Musician’s Benevolent Fund).
Sebastian Philpott studied the trumpet at the Royal College of Music in London, graduating with First Class Honours, the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, and has undertaken a Master of Art degree from the Royal Academy of Music, supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. He has played with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and the Royal Ballet, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, European Camerata, London Contemporary Orchestra and the Britten-Pears Orchestra. He is in demand throughout Europe as a natural trumpet player, and has performed with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Sixteen, European Union Baroque Orchestra, and New Century Baroque, of which he is a founder member. Alongside his orchestral commitments, he is a member of the Mercury Brass Quintet, the ten-piece London Chamber Brass, among other brass ensembles. Sebastian has performed for the pop band The Hoosiers in several full-production tours, and major music festivals in the UK, Europe and Japan, as well as live television and radio performances and studio recordings. He recorded on the Comic Relief 2009 single – (Barry) Islands In The Stream by Gavin & Stacey, with Tom Jones, and has performed with Eliza Doolittle on the Graham Norton Show
Gerard Serrano started playing the trumpet when he was 9 years old, with his father Emilio Serrano as teacher. He studied at ESMUC (the conservatory in Barcelona) with Angel Serrano and then he discovered the baroque trumpet with teacher Serge Tizac. When he finished his bachelor degree, he went to study baroque trumpet in Amsterdam with Friedemann Immer and also natural horn with Teunis van der Zwart (both as main instrument). He has played in several youth orchestras with the modern trumpet like JONC (Catalonia), IRO (Germany) and also with baroque trumpet, NJO (Netherlands) and Jeune Orchestre Atlantique (France). He has worked with conductors including Phillipe Herreweghe, Marc Minkowski, Richard Egarr, Louis Langrée and Christophe Rousset. Currently, he performs with many Netherlands-based orchestras including Barokensemble Eik en Linde, Florilegium Musicum, Luthers Bach Ensemble and Accademia Amsterdam.
Pedro Segundo was born in Lisbon in 1988. He has been an active musician on the London music scene, from classical to contemporary and from jazz to world music, since studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama from where he graduated with distinction in 2011. In addition to his busy schedule as the house drummer of Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho, London (since Oct 2010 aged 22) Pedro has also been proactive in the baroque, classical, contemporary, chamber and orchestral scene in London and worldwide. He has worked with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Richard Egarr, Edward Gardner, Steuart Bedford, Lawrence Foster, Paul Daniel, Garry Walker, Murray Perahia and Joshua Bell (playing/conducting with the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields), Sir Neville Mariner (also with ASMF) as well as sharing the stage with Dame Cleo Laine, Wynton Marsalis, Ron Carter, Michel Legrand, Gary Burton, John McLaughlin, Jack Bruce, Tim Garland, Pee Wee Ellis, Curtis Stigers, Kyle Eastwood Band and Tony Bennett, to name a few. In 2013 he was trialling with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and is the baroque/classical timpani player for the Orchestra Age of Enlightenment Academy, which sees him taking part in projects with Sir Simon Rattle, Adam Fischer, Sir Mark Elder and Marin Alsop, and where he will deepen his knowledge of historically informed performance.