Canadian Brass tubist and founder Charles Daellenbach has been honored at the International Tuba & Euphonium Association's 2012 Conference in Linz Austria with their "Lifetime Achievement Award".
Recognizing Daellenbach's impact on the music world, presenters Dan Perantoni (Indiana University) and Robert Tucci (Bavarian Opera Orchestra) underscored a career that has taken the sound of brass to millions of listeners throughout the world.
Just out of the Eastman School of Music in 1970 with a PhD in music education, Daellenbach headed to Toronto, Canada and co-founded the ensemble that has put brass quintets on the musical map. Within seven years the group was picked by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau to represent Canada in China, virtually re-opening China to Western music. Two years later Daellenbach oversaw the ensemble's defining appearance: the first brass ensemble to perform on the main stage of Carnegie Hall.
Commenting on his award, Daellenbach said, "It was quite a shock to be alerted that my tuba playing career is now being illuminated by my friends and colleagues in ITEA. What originally seemed to be an impossible dream has been a process of taking one small step after another. I treasure, in the recollection of my career so far, the wonderful audiences around the globe that have made all of this possible!"
Daellenbach is known as the humorous scholar on stage, the tasteful tubist on over 100 recordings, the business mind behind the Canadian Brass success story, the publisher of over six hundred works for brass and the head of a successful Indy Recording label, Opening Day, in Canada with more than twenty artists.
In a move that highlights his intentions for the future, Daellenbach has united his ensemble with American instrument manufacturer, Conn-Selmer. For the Canadian Brass ensemble it is a return to the instruments on which they started, as well as collaboration with a company dedicated to music education. For Conn-Selmer it is an ideal blend of their world-class instruments with international performing artists.
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