German Brass Wind/Brass Ensemble Benelux and various countries

Matthias Höfs, trumpet
Christoph Baerwind, trumpet
Uwe Köller, trumpet
Werner Heckmann, trumpet
Wolfgang Gaag, horn
Klaus Wallendorf, horn
Fritz Winter, trombone
Alexander Erbrich-Crawford, trombone
Uwe Füssel, trombone
Stefan Ambrosius, tuba
Herbert Wachter, percussion


German Brass has written brass ensemble history in Germany for decades. With their virtuosity, brilliant musicality and their rare stage presence the eleven top soloists of leading German symphony orchestras have decisively influenced the brass culture. In 2016 German Brass hit the classical music charts with its album Bach on Brass and won the most important German music award, ECHO Klassik, in the category Ensemble |Orchestra.

In addition to their large number of concert appearances in Germany, German Brass is touring in  Europe, China, South Korea and Japan to great acclaim.

With their huge repertoire from early to contemporary music and an exciting mixture of classical compositions, jazz and soundtracks, the ensemble crosses musical boundaries informally and switches between the different musical styles with amazing ease. The programmes of the ensemble include arrangements of classical works as well as transcriptions by trumpeter Matthias Höfs and trombonist Alexander Erbrich-Crawford which pay tribute to the unique sound of German Brass and which have long become hits of the brass repertoire.

The extensive discography include award-winning recordings such as Brass Hommage, Brass Heralds (Bach, Händel, Telemann), Rhapsody (Gershwin, Bernstein), Celebrating Wagner, Best of 40 Years German Brass, Fantastic Moments, Brass Christmas, Christmas around the World, Bach on Brass for Berlin Classics among others. Sony Classical has released the album Trip to America in 2019 to be followed by the album It’s Christmas Time in 2022.

Founded in 1974 as Deutsches Blechbläserquintett, the ensemble extended their formation into eleven musicians in 1984. German Brass is playing chamber music at the highest level and at the same time, “the eleven brass players sound like a full orchestra - colorful, diverse and highly convincing.”
(Magazin Clarino)

Season 2022/23

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German Brass in Biel/Bienne

German Brass ist am 4. September 2022 in Biel/Bienne mit dem Programm Classic & Around the World zu erleben.

German Brass in Biel/Bienne

German Brass performs an Open Air concert in Biel, Switzerland on 4 September 2022 featuring the programme Classic & Around the World.

German Brass in Marnach

German Brass presents in Marnach Cube 521, Luxembourg on 24 Septemer the programme Around the World featuring music by J.S. Bach, John Baston, Bernstein, Verdi, Johann Strauss on among others.

German Brass in Marnach

German Brass ist am 24. September in Marnach, Luxembourg mit dem Programm Around the World mit Werken von J.S. Bach, John Baston, Bernstein, Verdi, Johann Strauss Sohn u.a. zu erleben.

German Brass: Beethoven on Brass

On occasion of the Beethoven year, Sony Classical is releasing two hits of the giant as single tracks online by German Brass on 18 December: Moonlight Sonata (1st movement) and Pathétique Sonata (2nd movement):



German Brass: Beethoven on Brass

Zum Beethovenjahr veröffentlicht Sony Classical von German Brass zwei Hits des Giganten als single tracks online am 18. Dezember: Mondscheinsonate (1. Satz) und Pathétique Sonate (2. Satz):

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German Brass: trailer from "Trip to America" album

View Cole Porters "Too darn hot" of the latest album of German Brass:
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German Brass: Trailer "Trip to America" Album

Sehen Sie hier Cole Porters "Too darn hot" des Albums von German Brass:
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Classic & Around The WorldJohn Baston (1711-1733)/ Matthias Höfs: Concerto No. 2 D major (Allegro – Adagio - Allegro)
J.S. Bach/ Matthias Höfs: Air from Suite No. 3 D major BWV 1068
J.S. Bach/ Matthias Höfs: Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565
Richard Wagner/ Matthias Höfs: Pilgrims´ Chorus from Tannhäuser
Johann Strauss, Jr. / A. Erbrich-Crawford: Thunder and Lightning (fast polka) op. 324
Klaus Badelt/ A. Erbrich-Crawford: Pirates Of The Carribean (Medley)
Harry James/ A. Erbrich-Crawford: Trumpet Blues and Cantabile
Chuck Mangione/ A. Erbrich-Crawford: Children of Sanchez
Trad. (France)/ A. Erbrich-Crawford; Chanson et CanCan
Cole Porter/ A. Erbrich-Crawford: Anything goes
Trad. (Costa Rica)/ A. Erbrich-Crawford: Aquinaldo
Trad. (Russia)/ A. Erbrich-Crawford: Russia at day and night (Russian folk medley)
Edward Grieg/ B.Brown/ A. Erbrich-Crawford: Hall of the Swinging King
Bach on Brass

J.S. Bach: Concerto D major on Vivaldi, BWV 972
J.S. Bach/M. Höfs: Jesus bleibet meine Freude, BWV 147
J.S. Bach/Enrique Crespo: Präludium and Fugue C sharp minor, BWV 849
J.S. Bach/Peter Lawrence: Air from Orchestersuite D major BWV 1068
J.S. Bach/M. Höfs: Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir, BWV 29
J.S. Bach/M. Höfs: Cantata Ratswahl 1731
Händel/M. Höfs: Lift up your heads from The Messiah
J.S. Bach/E. Crespo: Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639
J.S. Bach/M. Höfs: Esurientes from Magnificat, BWV 243
J.S. Bach/M. Höfs: Wie will ich mich freuen, BWV 146
J.S. Bach/E. Crespo: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645
J.S. Bach/M. Höfs: Toccata and Fugue D minor, BWV 565

It's Christmas Time

Christmas music around the World


It's Christmas Time

Music by J.S. Bach, Leroy Anderson, Richard Eilenberg, Ennio Morricone, Georg Friedrich Händel and Christmas carols.

Sony Classical (2022)

Around the World

Music Unlimited

Trip to America

Music by Gershwin, Bernstein, Copland, Barber and Porter

Sony Classical (2019)

Brass Hommage

From "Also sprach Zarathustra" to "Besame mucho"

Berlin Classics (2018)

Brass Heralds J.S. Bach, Händel, Telemann

Berlin Classics (2017)
Bach on Brass Berlin Classics (2016)

Brass Christmas

Berlin Classics (2016)


Rossini, Caccini, Smetana, Johann Strauß, Bernstein, Vivanco, Mangione and songs as Fly me to the Moon and Wild Cat Blues

Berlin Classics (2017)

Christmas around the World German Brass & Windsbacher Knabenchor

Berlin Classics (2014)
Celebrating Wagner Berlin Classics (2013)
Around the World

Music Unlimited