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Per Brevig's career as a trombonist stretches back to his first
solo radio performance in Norway in 1956, after which he was offered
a post as trombonist with the Bergen
Philharmonic Orchestra. He began to study with Palmer Traulsen
in Copenhagen soon thereafter, and in 1962 won a prize at the
XIVth International Music Competition in Prague.
Europe in 1965 to study at the Julliard
School in New York City, he completed his doctorate in 1971.
While still a student at Julliard, he performed a solo trombone
concert with the American
Symphony Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski. From 1968 to
1994 he was a solo trombonist with the Metropolitan
Opera Orchestra in New York.
Brevig brings extensive experience, as both performer and
conductor to the podium. He is attracting attention internationally
as a conductor of remarkable ability and insight. His career
has earned him a growing reputation as a superb conductor
and orchestra builder. Norwegian born, Maestro Brevig received
his music training at The Juilliard School and holds a Doctor
of Musical Arts Degree. He was principal trombonist of the
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra from 1968 to 1994 and his performed
as soloist with major orchestras throughout the world. Numerous
commissions and premiers are to his credit. He has an extensive
solo discography and is a frequent adjudicator of major
leaving his position with the Metropolitan Opera, Maestro
Brevig's conducting career expanded quickly. In the five
years following 1994 he conducted more than twenty operas.
A review in The New York Times declared Maestro Brevig 'shaped
the performance [of Rigolettol artfully'. In addition to
his positions as music director and conductor of East Texas
Symphony Orchestra and the Manchester Symphony Orchestra,
(CT), he is continuing his teaching affiliations with the
Aspen Music Festival, Colorado, as well as the music schools
of Juifliard, Manhattan and Mannes in New York. His conducting
repertoire runs the gamut from Renaissance to contemporary
music. A staunch advocate of contemporary music, he has
commissioned and performed numerous new works.
Brevig has received numerous awards, including a Koussevitsky
Fellowship, Henry B. Cabot Award, three Naumburg Fellowships,
the international music competition in Pragm and the Neill
Humfeld Award for excellence in teaching. In 1990, King
Olav V of Norway awarded him the Royal Medal of St. Olav
in recognition of his efforts on behalf of Norwegian music
and culture in the United States.
Brevig has studied the medical problems faced by musicians
and serves on the Advisory Boards of Medical Problems
of Performing AiWsts and Musikphysiologie und Musik Me&zin,
a publication from Stuttgart, Germany.
champion of Scandinavian music, Maestro BreviZ is founder
and president of the Edyard Grieg Society, Inc., New York.
Since 1991 the Society has, under his leadership, produced
more than 50 events: recitals, chamber performances, radio
broadcasts and symposia at Columbia University, to celebrate
the composer's sesquicentennial. Events often culminate
with a performance at Lincoln Center with Maestro Brevig
leading the Orchestra of St. Luke's. New York Times wrote:
' Brevig was utterly convincing and rewarding." New
York Concert Review asserted: 'Brevig's conducting is clear
and elegant, authoritative without being authoritarian.
Brevig maintains guest conducting relationships with orchestras
worldwide. His most recent engagement with the Costa Rica
National Symphony Orchestra included Mahler's Symphony No.
6. His repertoire is large and he is flexible in the programming
of operatic as well as symphonic works.
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performances of all these pieces were of high quality,
and heaped credit upon conductor Brevig and the orchestra
... By any standard, it all added up to a remarkable evening
remarkably responsive orchestra, artfully conducted ...
made it possible to luxuriate in the music - an experience
afl too rare in the concert hall these days ... Per Brevig's
and St. Luke's performance was of a whole cloth, beautifully
and carefully shaped, and impeccably played.
Brevig ... shaped the performance [of 'Rigoletto'l artfully.
programming was excellent ... a lavish aural fest ...
The Glieg Gala concert set fire in the hearts of the audience
... Maestro Brevig brought us the most subtly wrought
performed by the Orchestra of St. Luke's under the baton
of Per Brevig, the program made the reasons for Giieg's
renown as clear as the azured sky over Oslo.
good conductor often has the ability to create calm and
satisfaction among the musicians ... When this is true,
the result is evident in the music-making, as was the
concert ... showed incredibly intimate and flawless ensemblt-playing.
Most impressive was the timber, tone quality and substance
of interpretation inherent in the music. Never exaggerated,
always disciplined, one instrument never projecting at
the expense of the ensemble ... an exquisite concert.
Brevig and the ensemble played with all possible brilliance.
gripping performance ... Per Brevig and the orchestra
performed with heart and beauty of tone ... a most moving
excelled at coaxing lush sonorities ... Brevig paid precise
attention to each dynamic shading, creating a dense tapestry
of sound that I can only call sublime.
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