Concerts › ACE Brass (Previous 2021 Season)

See ACE Brass in concert

ACE Brass (Auckland Chamber Ensemble Brass) was formed in 2011 with the intention of bringing world class chamber music into the concert halls and homes of New Zealand. Bringing together a wealth of experience in solo, orchestral and chamber music, these three talented musicians embrace the fascinating and versatile repertoire of the brass trio. They are passionate about quality music education and offer a range of educational performances and workshops for schools.

ACE Brass continues to excel in all areas of Chamber music life in Auckland and New Zealand. They have performed in countless schools as part of the APO’s Educational Outreach Program. They have a number of commissions from New Zealand composers. Auckland University has invited them to take part of their composer workshop seminars. They have been active over many years in the AOTEA Centre’s Pick n Mix concert and workshop series. They are also proud to be asked to play at events like The Big Gay Out and pre-show entertainment for an All Black test match at Eden Park.

Huw Dann (trumpet) is the Brass Unit Coordinator at the University of Auckland. He is also Principal Trumpet of the Auckland Philharmonia, where he has worked since 2009. He studied in Melbourne at the Victorian College of the Arts and the Center for Advanced Musical Studies (USA), where he studied with such prominent trumpeters as Håkan Hardenberger, Markus Stockhausen and Edward Carroll.

A founding member of Auckland Chamber Ensemble Brass, Huw is passionate about music education and is in demand as an educator and ensemble coach across New Zealand.

Emma Eden (horn) is Principal Horn of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra after a stellar tenure as 3rd Principal Horn with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. She is also the Founder/Director at Humans United Through Music. As a recipient of the Winston Churchill Fellow Scholarship Emma travelled to Berlin to intensively study the French horn with Fergus McWilliam of The Berlin Philharmonic.

Emma has performed in various orchestras and ensembles throughout New Zealand, Australia, China, Canada, London and Tonga including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

John Gluyas (trombone) is a graduate of the Rotterdam Conservatory of Music where he studied with Jorgen van Rijen, the solo trombonist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. He is an outstanding orchestral musician having played with the Adelaide and New Zealand Symphonies, the Auckland Philharmonia and Orchestra Victoria to name a few. John has also worked in the commercial music scene performing in musicals such as Aladdin, Wicked, Mary Poppins and The Book of Mormon and recorded for film soundtracks and TV advertisements. He is as inspirational teacher and holds the position of Head of Brass at St. Peters College Auckland.

ACE Brass performed at St George & St John Church, on Saturday 24th April at 7:30pm.