The Italian Brass Week arrives in Santa Maria Novella with the inaugural concert of the Festival curated by the Russian Horn Orchestra.


July 22 at 21.30
Free entry subject to availability
(booking si highly recommended)

The concert

The protagonists of the inauguration will be the 106 horns played by the 17 masters of the Russian Horns Orchestra of St. Petersburg, directed by Sergey Polyanichko.

The Orchestra will duet with the Festival's soloists, teachers and artists from the best known orchestral bands: from the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, matched by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Berliner Philarmoniker.

Starting from a homage to Florence, with the Ave Maria by Giulio Caccini, we will arrive to the Russian tradition with the Prayer of Peter Ilic Tchaikovsky. The 106 horns, built by the skilled hands of the Russian craftsmen, will give us unique sounds, similar to those of a great pipe organ.


  •  J. S. Bach, Aria in Do Maggiore 
  •  P. I. Tchaikovsky, Preghiera
  • A. Marcello, Adagio
    Solista: Luca Benucci - corno
  • P. Chesnokov, Preghiera
  • G. Caccini, Ave Maria
  • T. Albinoni, Adagio
    Solisti: Francisco 'Pacho' Flores - tromba, David Alan Cooper - corno
  • L. van Beethoven, Sonata n. 14 in Do diesis minore op 27 'Al chiaro di Luna'
  • Tradizionale, Musica sacra armena Solista: Vahan Harutyunyan – duduk
  • S. Barber, Adagio

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About Italian Brass Week

Italian Brass Week is a festival born 19 years ago under the artistic direction of Luca Benucci, principal horn of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Over the years the festival worked on education and training of thousands young musicians from all over the world, with the aim of consolidating a reality that too often goes unnoticed and give the opportunity to young musicians to be able to participate in a primary visibility event for the brass and music world.

The mission is to give value to Italian and foreign talents, through the promotion and cultural exchange. The festival gives the opportunity to young students and professionals to take part to this international event, to play and learn from the most important musicians of the brass world, being part of the largest international orchestras, conservatories and universities.

Florence is an important reference for the cultural growth. A unique place where a fusion of the past and present marries itself to a projection toward the future.

During these years the artistic quality of the festival has always been guaranteed by the presence of virtuosos and soloists from around the world, Italian, European and international teachers, jazz bands and brass ensembles. They come together and play together in important moment for the professional growth of all the young people taking part in the festival.