Andriy Ilkiv, trumpet, artistic director
Gennadiy Shepel, trumpet
Mykhailo Zheliznyak, French horn
Sergiy Kashyn, trombone
Vitaliy Demchenko, tuba
Beautiful and warm sound, brilliant technique and pure intonation are the quintet’s distinctive features. Musicians’ sense of style of different periods and countries is impeccable. Broad repertoire includes compositions of various genres and styles from baroque to classical jazz.
The quintet has successfully participated in international competitions and festivals, and was always awarded honored nominations, in particular, the second prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Paris (1992), Diploma at the International Brass Quintet Competition in Narbonne (France, 1994), the title “The first talent of the world” at the music festival in Toulouse (France, 1995).
“Brass quintet “KIEV- BRASS” has a distinctive ability to turn their concerts in bright shows. Besides, bright entertainment performance, five excellent musicians – trumpeters Andrew Ilkiv and Gennady Shepel, French horn player Michael Zheliznyak, trombone and tuba players Sergey Kashin and Vitaly Demchenko – display good taste. Each of the musicians is extremely natural on the stage and perform perfectly both in an ensemble and solo. Moreover, they know how to amaze the audience. For instance, tuba player cleverly mimics the voices of nature, trombonist equally skillfully embodies the comic and lyrical roles, the audience is always astonished by French horn player’s marvelous improvisations, as if the musician forgets that his twisted horn – perhaps the most complex and fastidious wind instrument, and both virtuosic trumpeters adapt any arias and orchestral passages … ”
“Kommersant Weekend” (Ukraine)