swisstuba.ch

The association SWISSTUBA.CH was formed in November 2018 an initiative instigated by Nicolas SALMON, Fabien WALLERAND, Ross KNIGHT and Phillip CASPERD.

The first three of these four protagonists arrived in Geneva in 2014, 2015, 2016 having won the respective posts of professor of tuba and euphonium at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, professor of tuba and euphonium at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève and principal tuba of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Phillip CASPERD bass-baritone arrived in 2004 having won a place as a member of the full-time chorus at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and is somewhat infamous as the tuba playing opera singer in Geneva. More than just an enthusiaistic amateur he is well known for his passionate and encyclopaedic knowledge of all things “tuba”.

What unites these four inimitable characters, with their respective career paths at once so diverse and yet so complimentary, is a great friendship coupled an unalloyed enthusiasm and shared vision of the tuba past, present and future. These four friends, understand and appreciate the tuba at every level in Geneva: as teachers (from six-year-old children to post graduate students following professional studies), as performers who play in prestigious amateur ensembles (such as L’Harmonie Nautique de Genève) and as professionals (Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Orchestre de Chambre de Genève).

The craft and skill of the tuba player has evolved considerably during the last ten years. One could say, just like good wine, the art of the tuba, the youngest member of the orchestra and thus its evolution late harvested, has just matured into a fine vintage. Today’s tuba player must possess a complete understanding of his instrument, past and present. He must be supremely versatile in many different musical disciplines (classical, jazz, period music, contemporary, commercial), master diverse instruments (Cimbasso, Ophicleide, Serpent…), be stylistically flexible (symphony orchestra, chamber music, adaptable in all ensembles…) and a soloist. A tuba player’s perspective today, so much more than the tuba in and of itself, is an ethos: free-spirited, pioneering, versatile, multifaceted and unifying.

By happy chance the paths of Phillip, Ross, Fabien and Nicolas have converged in Geneva, a cosmopolitan city, internationally renowned, situated at the centre of Europe and favoured politically with a resolutely artistic vision, all these advantages combine to form a harmonious atmosphere in which to accomplish the goals of this project.

Our adventure together started in May 2017, the very first Geneva Tuba Festival, which reunited, around five extraordinary concerts and fascinating seminars, some of the most internationally renowned personalities of the tuba world. Roland Szentpali (tuba), Michel Godard (Serpent and tuba), Patrick Wibart (Ophicleide), Opus 333 – Saxhorn Quartet and the irrepressible Elephant Tuba Horde.

This event had a tremendous and unexpected success which immediately confirmed to us the unbounded potential that Geneva, locally as well as internationally, has to offer the ongoing artistic evolution of the tuba.

By happy chance the paths of Phillip, Ross, Fabien and Nicolas have converged in Geneva, a cosmopolitan city, internationally renowned, situated at the centre of Europe and favoured politically with a resolutely artistic vision, all these advantages combine to form a harmonious atmosphere in which to accomplish the goals of this project.

Our adventure together started in May 2017, the very first Geneva Tuba Festival, which reunited, around five extraordinary concerts and fascinating seminars, some of the most internationally renowned personalities of the tuba world. Roland Szentpali (tuba), Michel Godard (Serpent and tuba), Patrick Wibart (Ophicleide), Opus 333 – Saxhorn Quartet and the irrepressible Elephant Tuba Horde.

This event had a tremendous and unexpected success which immediately confirmed to us the unbounded potential that Geneva, locally as well as internationally, has to offer the ongoing artistic evolution of the tuba.