Canadian National Brass Project


The Canadian National Brass Project brings together many of Canada’s finest symphonic brass musicians under the artistic leadership of Canada’s premiere horn soloist and conductor, James Sommerville. These title-chair brass players representing fifteen professional symphony orchestras from Canada and the United States united for the first time for a week-long musical and educational summit in 2015. The threefold aim of the collective is to commission and premiere new Canadian works, to present educational workshops and masterclasses to Canada’s finest young musicians, and to showcase brass music in a new all-star ensemble comprised of Canada’s best. Our artistic vision is to unite this cross-country array of musicians into one ensemble and to present performances in all of these regions, with a focus on original works by Canadian composers.

The configuration of the Canadian National Brass Project is of a large symphonic brass ensemble, with six trumpets, five horns, four trombones, euphonium, two tubas, and three percussion. Membership represents the following ensembles: Symphony Nova Scotia, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic, Orchestre de Grands Ballets Canadiens, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, Edmonton Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Orchestra London, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.


Stephan Beaulac - Trumpet

Karen Donnelly - Trumpet

Michael Fedyshyn - Trumpet

Larry Knopp - Trumpet

Larry Larson - Trumpet

Adam Zinatelli - Trumpet

Patricia Evans - French Horn

Julie Fauteaux - French Horn

Allene Hackleman - French Horn

David Parker - French Horn

Gabriel Radford - French Horn

Steven Dyer - Trombone

Keith Dyrda - Trombone

David Pell - Trombone

Peter Sullivan - Trombone

Gordon Wolfe - Trombone

Nicholas Atkinson - Tuba

Sasha Johnson - Tuba

Kristofer Maddigan - Percussionist

Robert Slapcoff - Percussionist

Jonathan Wade - Percussioninst

Canadian National Brass Project Named in CBC Radio 2's "10 Favourite Canadian Classical Albums of The Year"

"We didn't even know about the Canadian National Brass Project (CNBP) until last July, when a tuba-playing colleague tipped us off to its existence. Comprising first chairs from the brass sections of 15 North American orchestras, the all-Canadian CNBP was founded in 2015 and its members get together briefly each summer to give concerts. If you're among the lucky few who have heard a CNBP performance, then you'll already know what we discovered upon hitting play on the group's debut, self-titled album: this is an awesome, mind-blowing ensemble!" - CBC Radio 2