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Fan Qing

Fan Qing

Euphonium Soloist from China

  • Denis Wick SM3U Mouthpiece
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Fan Qing is one of the youngest Chinese euphonium soloists today. At the age of 26, he has given numerous workshops and concerts throughout China.

Born in Shanghai China, Fan Qing began his musical studies at 4 with the piano, and joined his middle school band later as a baritone player when he was 12. After winning the prize of Shanghai’s Spring Music Festival of Brass Competition, he moved to Austria. At that time he was given lessons by numerous great brass players, such as Steven Mead, Dietmar Küblböck, Friedrich Loimayr, Brian Bowman, Hakazono schoichiro among many others.

From 2005 Fan Qing studied at the Berne University of Arts, Switzerland, majoring in euphonium with Swiss euphonium soloist Thomas Rüedi, and Roland Fröscher. Upon graduating in summer 2009, he continued to study band conducting with Ludwig Wicki and finished his Master degree in performing arts in 2011.

Fan Qing has played with several of the finest bands in Europe, including the World Youth Wind Orchestra, Akademischen Bläserphilharmonie Vienna, Brass band Berner Oberland, Brass Band Rapperswil-Wierezwil and La Landwehr de Fribour.

Over the years, Fan Qing has attended a number of workshops and masterclasses with the worlds best brass player, such as Steven Mead, Brian Bowman, David Childs, Shoichiro Hakazono, Hans Gansch and Jens Björn-Larsen.

As a Soloist, Fan Qing has given concerts in Switzerland, Japan and some of the most important cities in China such as Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou and Wuhan.

Currently Fan Qing plays in the China, with the Dunshan Symphonic Wind Orchestra as Co-Principal Euphonium.

Fan Qing Plays on a Denis Wick SM3X Mouthpiece and Besson Prestige Euphonium 2052-2

Riki McDonnell

Riki McDonnell

International Euphonium Artist

Riki McDonnell's page on musicways.co.nz

Riki McDonnell lives in New Zealand and has devoted most of his life to music. His musical career started as a boy soprano and his first professional engagement was singing in the stage show Oliver.

A large family of brass band players influenced Riki’s entry into the ‘brass band world’ in 1969. Within two years the NZ Junior Tenor Horn title was under his belt and the very next year Riki claimed the NZ Open Horn title. This win was the start of twenty Open titles (5 on tenor horn, 8 on flugel horn and 7 on euphonium). Riki has won more titles than any other competitor in New Zealand’s 120 plus years history. He is the only person to win the Champion of Champions on three different instruments.

Other successes have been enjoyed in Australia, winning their Open, Champion of Champions and the Ern Keller Memorial (1993) titles.

Riki has represented New Zealand in three National Youth Bands and four National Bands, touring North America, Asia, Europe and UK, featuring as soloist.

Clear musical highlights for Riki are, performing to 250,000 concert goers at “Symphony Under the Stars” and winning the Errol Mason Memorial Brass Musician of the Year (1991).

Many prominent composers and arrangers have been commissioned to write for Riki which prompted CD recordings:- Midnight Euphonium with Faireys, Operatic Euphonium with Grimethorpe Colliery and Euphonium Songbook with The Marple Band. Major Peter Parkes directed Midnight Euphonium, Garry Cutt directed Operatic Euphonium and Euphonium Songbook. Philip Sparke expertly produced all three CDs.

Riki has performed many times with the Auckland, Christchurch and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras and has performed with brass and concert bands throughout the world. In 2001 he joined Grimethorpe Colliery on their Brassed Off tour of New Zealand and Hong Kong, playing baritone.

Solo performances are continually in abundance for Riki with piano, brass band, concert band and orchestra. Performances in Finland and North Carolina, USA helped Riki receive the prized ‘International Euphonium Player of the Year’ (2002).

Riki has a lot more music to make … new music, CDs in the pipeline, and a willingness to perform world-wide.

Steven Mead

Steven Mead

Virtuoso performer and International Euphonium Soloist


Steven Mead is widely regarded as one of the most successful professional euphonium soloists in the world today, performing over 75 concerts per year with some of the leading orchestras, wind bands and brass bands in the world. In recent years he has played solo concerti with symphony orchestras, including: Germany (Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra) Norway (Trondheim Symphony Orchestra) , Finland (Lahti Symphony Orchestra and Helsinki Philharmonic), Poland (Capella Cracoviensis), USA (Minneapolis Pops Orchestra) and the Japan Chamber OrchestraSteven has also appeared as soloist with many of the leading military bands in the world including Band of the Garde Republicaine (Paris, France), The Central Band of the RAF (London, UK), The Italian Police Band (Rome, Italy), The Dutch Marine Band (Rotterdam,Netherlands), The US Army Band (Washington DC, USA). He has been a featured guest at all the major brass and wind band festivals and low brass festivals, including several at European Brass Band Championships and National Brass Band Festivals as well as at similar events in Norway , the Netherlands , Belgium , Sweden , USA and Japan and the MidWest Band Clinic, Chicago.

There have been world premiere performances of over 250 solo works for euphonium including the premiere performances of euphonium works by Philip Sparke (all 3 of his concerti for solo euphonium), Martin Ellerby (Euphonium Concerto), James Curnow, Tadeus Kassatti, Torstein Aagaard Nilsen (Concerto for Euphonium and Orchestra), Robert Jager, Vladimir Cosma (Concerto for Euphonium and wind orchestra, and brass band), Rolf Wihelm (Concertino for Euphonium), Arthur Butterworth, John Reeman, Thomas Dos, Yasuhide Ito, Marco Putz, Rolf Rudin (Concerto for Euphonium and Symphony Orchestra) and Hermann Pallhuber (Bliss) for example.He is the most recorded euphonium artist in the world, with 62 CDs where he is featured as soloist or guest soloist, including the World of the Euphonium Series (five volumes) the Euphonium Magic series (three volumes) of multitrack recording, five CDs with the British Tuba Quartet (1991-2000) which he formed in 1991.

Steven is featured on 16 educational series books (all with CD) with the deHaske company.

Several of his recordings have won international awards, including British Bandsman Solo CD of the year 2006,2008 and 4Barsrest.com Solo CD of the Year 2006,2008 , Brass Band World Solo CD of the Year 2008, and the Roger Bobo International Recording Award 2006 and 2008. He formed his own recording company, Bocchino Music, order to retain full artistic control.

In recent years Steven has been involved in new creative projects as a soloist with leading chamber groups in Europe: Spanish Brass quintet – widely regarded as the leading Brass quintet in Europe today. A recently recorded an album includes two new works by leading Spanish composers.

Trombonisti Italiana – with this quartet of Italian trombonists, he recorded two albums, the second being ‘Colours of the World’ which was an original concept that sourced some previously unknown folk music from around the world. They have also given over 15 concerts in Europe.

Sound Inn Brass – Together they recorded two albums with this professional 12-piece symphonic brass ensemble based in Upper Austria. Several of the works recorded were first performances of original compositions an arrangements for euphonium and symphonic Brass ensemble. They have toured Europe together giving over 30 concerts in the last eight years and was recently been appointed musical director and conductor of this ensemble.

Classic Quintet – This collaboration with this woodwind quintet, based in Bolzano, Italy produced two albums over 20 concerts . Steven is the first euphonium player to develop repertoire for euphonium and woodwind quintet. Several of these works have now been published.

Steven is a founder member and solo euphonium of the Brass Band of Battle Creek, USA since 1992, (www.bbbc.net) the leading fully professional brass world in the world.

As well as teaching at the RNCM for over 20 years, in the role of Senior Tutor, he has sought to enhance brass pedagogy around the world. He has recently been appointed a Fellow of the RNCM, for his services to this hallowed institution. He was one of the very first euphonium teachers in higher education in the UK, first being invited to teach euphonium at the Royal Academy of Music by the then Head of Brass, Harold Nash, a position he held for five years, until deciding to concentrate his activities further north , firstly teaching at the Birmingham conservatoire of 12 years where he was also Director of Conservatoire Brass Band and Wind Orchestra for four years. Then Steven concentrated his teaching activities at the RNCM where he attracted students from many countries including, USA, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, France and China. Many of these students have returned to their countries and won positions as teachers or as members of leading military orchestras.

Steve has also been involved with innovative euphonium education and the world , for example at specialist He directed the Euphonium Course at the new European Superior Institute for Bands , in Trento, Italy (2000-2006) , co-sponsored by the European Union. He has also given many master classes and workshops in Holland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy , Spain, Luxembourg, France, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Russia, Denmark, Finland, USA, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Belgium, Australia, New Zealand, Slovenia, Lithuania and Poland.

Steve directed or co-directed all six of British National Tuba Euphonium Festivals, 1994/95/97/99/00/04 in Birmingham and Manchester as well as 3 Dutch Tuba Festivals and 2 Belgian Low Brass Festivals. Now he is the Artistic Director of the ITEC 2012, to be held in Linz, Austria, June 23-30, 2012.

He is proud of his work as an instrument consultant and clinician for the instrument company Besson for over 25 years and has been responsible for the development and design work for their three most recent professional model Euphoniums , the Besson GS model euphonium, the Besson Prestige and Sovereign Euphoniums, suggesting fourteen new design features that were accepted for the new Prestige range. Now he is involved with all stages of development work and subsequent testing, visiting the factory in Markneukirchen, Germany each month to play test their entire professional series production.

With the mouthpiece manufacturer Denis Wick – he originated the ‘SM’ and 'Ultra' ranges, much sought after and played by many of the leading players in the world. It is estimated that over 42,000 of these mouthpieces have been sold around the world since 1995. He has also recently designed the highly acclaimed SM Travel Mute.

Through his specialist websites www.euphonium.net and www.euphoniumstore.net he aims to not only inform the world about development of the euphonium but also facilitate the circulation of all newly published original music for euphonium and tuba with over 500 titles in the catalogue.