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2018 Academy Artist Faculty

Tormod Flaten

Tormod Flaten is an international Besson artist and solo euphonium player with the Royal Norwegian Naval Forces’ Band. With his three solo recordings, numerous appearances at major international festivals and his passion for developing new repertoire, Tormod has established himself as one of today’s most exciting voices of the euphonium.

Tormod performed live on radio and television and has appeared as a soloist in the US, Korea, Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Finland.

Tormod studied euphonium with Kim Lofthouse and Grethe Tonheim at the Grieg Academy, University of Bergen. His two exam recitals were historic, being the first Norwegian brass player to gain the highest possible mark 1.0 on both occasions.

In 2014 Tormod Flaten won the audition for the highly sought-after solo euphonium position with the Royal Norwegian Naval Forces´ Band in Bergen. He taught euphonium at the Grieg Academy and serves on the board of directors for the International Tuba Euphonium Association.

Tormod played with leading Norwegian brass band Eikanger-Bjørsvik for 13 years and he is a founding member and principal euphonium player of Bjørsvik Brass.

As a conductor Tormod has worked extensively with several of the top wind and brass bands in Norway. He led Sandvikens Ungdomskorps to victory in 2011 when they were crowned as Norwegian Wind Band Champions.

Tormod is an experienced adjudicator having appeared at numerous band, solo and ensemble competitions in Norway and internationally. He also runs the publishing company Fundamental Music, with music for euphonium.

Tormod Flaten is an artist for Buffet Group and plays a Besson Prestige BE2052 euphonium.

Ryan Robinson

Dr. Robinson joined the faculty of the Oklahoma City University Wanda L. Bass School of Music in 2011. He is currently the Principal Tuba of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) and Principal Tuba of the Lawton Philharmonic. Prior to his appointment at OCU, Dr. Robinson previously held teaching positions at Tarleton State University and Southwestern Oklahoma State University. His degrees are from the University of North Texas (BM, DMA) and Northwestern University (MM).

 

Dr. Robinson has been invited to perform at several international competitions, festivals, and conferences including the Brass im Frankenwald course and festival at Haus Marteau, Lichtenberg, Germany; Ticino Musica Festival in Lugano, Switzerland; the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival; the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute; and numerous International Tuba Euphonium Conferences (ITEA).

 

Dr. Robinson enjoys a busy and diverse career as a professional tubist. He performs regularly with the OCU Faculty Brass Quintet and is a founding member of the Founders Tuba Euphonium Quartet, Frontier Brass Band (OK), Bel Canto Brass Quintet, the Highland Brass Quintet, and the Fantasticos Tuba Euphonium Quartet. He has also performed with the University of North Texas faculty brass quintet, the Dallas Opera Brass Quintet, and the Tarleton State University faculty brass quintet. As an orchestral tubist, he has performed with the Houston Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, Lawton Philharmonic (OK), Las Colinas Symphony (TX), Allen Philharmonic (TX), and the Blue Lake Festival Band (MI).

 

In addition to his position at OCU, Dr. Robinson is currently on the faculty of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, MI and holds the position of Assistant Site Director at El Sistema Oklahoma. His professional affiliations include the International Tuba Euphonium Association, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and the American Federation of Musicians.

 

Dr. Robinson is a Buffet Group/Meinl Weston Artist and Clinician. 

Roland Szentpali

Roland Szentpáli, born 1977 in Nyíregyháza (Hungary). Roland began playing the euphonium at the age of twelve, moving on to the tuba in the following year under the guidance of Sandor Lukács. He was a student at the Béla Bartok Academy in Budapest from 1991-1995, studying with Joseph Baszinka and Gábor Adamik. Roland continued his studies with Lászlò Szabò at the F. Liszt Academy. On the international scene, Roland has attended courses held by Roger Bobo, Mel Culbertson, Manfred Hoppert, and Sam Pilafian and has been the recipient of numerous scholarships for study abroad.

Among his numerous successes in solo competitions, the most notable are his first prizes at the Lahti International Brass Competition in Finland (2001), the International Performer‘s Competition in Brno, Czech Republic (2000), and the International Tuba Competition in Cheju, Korea (2000). He was also awarded second prize at the prestigious Markneukirchen International Tuba Competition in 2000, and has also been a prize winner at other competitions, including TubaMania (Australia, 1999), Geubwiller International Tuba Competition (France, 1998).

Roland is also very active as a composer, having written many works for tuba, chamber ensemble and orchestra in a broad variety of styles. In February of 1994, he performed his own Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra in Budapest for live television broadcast. His music has been played and recorded by the Hungarian Radio Orchestra and the Orchestra Hungarian Music Academy Bela Bartok. His last solo CD “I Killed my Lips” includes four of his own compositions.

Apart from his busy solo and composition schedule, Roland is actually principal tuba with the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra. Always being in great demand he also gave several masterclasses in the United States, Japan and many European countries.

Bastien Baumet

Born in 1988, Bastien Baumet began playing the euphonium at the Nîmes Music School (in Patrick Maurin’s class) and continued his musical education at the Villeurbanne Conservatory (in Christian Delange’s class). In 2006, when he was 17, he was admitted into the famous National Conservatory of Music (CNSM) of Paris , where he won first prize with unanimity in 2009.

Since 2006, he has often been involved in orchestras such as l’Orchestre National de Lyon, , l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, l’Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris, l’Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, l’Orchestre National de France,… to play in famous concert halls all over the world (les Chorégies d’Orange, la salle Pleyel (Paris), le Forum Garibaldi (Monte-Carlo), le Royal Albert Hall (Londres), le Musikverein (Vienne), l’Opéra Bastille, Suntory Hall (Tokyo), la Philharmonie (Berlin) and to work with the most famous conductors including Myung-Whun CHUNG, Tugan SOKHIEV, Pinchas STEINBERG, Pierre BOULEZ, Leonard SLATKIN, Philippe JORDAN, Vasily PETRENKO, Mikko Franck.

Bastien is a member of the National French Police Orchestra since 2008.

He is also the principal euphonium player of the Paris Brass Band (Winner of French National Championship 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) and member of the Prestige Brass Quartet (CD « Divertimento »).

In 2006, he won the European contest for young soloist of Luxemburg. Two years later, Bastien won first prize during the international championship in Jeju (South Korea), one of the most famous euphonium-based events.


In Juny 2012 he won the first prize at Amboise’s Open of Brass band.

In July 2012, Bastien became a teacher in Paris’ 13th district Conservatory.

Since 2008, Bastien has performed regularly as a soloist in France and abroad where he also delivers numerous, and exciting master-classes.


In 2012 he released his first CD « Art of the Euphonium » to the record company Indesens.


In 2014, he released his second CD “Portraits” in duet with Alexis Demailly.

Bastien Baumet is a Besson Artist (Buffet Crampon)