Frederic Belli was born in Wolfach/Schwarzwald in 1982, and between 1996 and 2002 he attended Karlsruhe University of Music as a junior student under Prof. Werner Schrietter, after which he began his studies at Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media under Prof. Jonas Bylund, who remains his mentor and friend to this day. In 2004/05 he was a student at Rotterdam Conservatory under George Wiegel.

Frederic Belli has won a number of awards and prizes at national and international competitions. These include the International Music Competition Prague Spring, the Jan Koetsier Competition (Munich), the International Brass Competition in Gdansk, the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Competition in Berlin and the Christian Lindberg Competition in Valencia. In March 2007 he became the first trombonist ever to win the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb in the competition’s 30 year history; in autumn 2007 he was awarded second prize in the renowned ARD International Music Competition and the Brüder-Busch-Sonderpreis. He also has a scholarship from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.

A member of both the Trio Belli-Fischer-Rimmer and the trombone ensemble Trombone Unit Hannover, Frederic Belli is also a stipendiary of the Deutsche Musikrat and, along with both ensembles, is part of the Bundesauswahl Konzerte junger Künstler. This grant allows the ensembles and Belli himself to pursue an active concert schedule in Germany and abroad.

Still in the early stages of his career, he has already given solo concerts with various orchestras such as the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Nationaltheaterorchester Mannheim and the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover. He has played alongside Prof. Reinhold Friedrich in the brass ensemble of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, performed Jan Sandström’s A Motorbike Concerto with the Philharmonisches Orchester Hagen and appeared as guest soloist at the Donaueschinger Musiktagen. He appeared together with Prof. Jonas Bylund, Prof. Stefan Schulz and the trombonist and composer Mike Svoboda as the Trombone Quartet at the Kissinger Winterzauber. The greatest moment so far: a performance of Luciano Berio’s SOLO for trombone and orchestra with the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg at the MaerzMusik Festival in the Berlin Philharmonie under Sylvain Cambreling in March 2009.

In spring 2010, Frederic Belli toured with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under Daniel Harding. The same year, he accepted an invitation by the Goethe Institute to play in Pristina at the ReMusica Festival of New Music where he gave a solo recital as well as performing as a soloist with the Kosovo Philharmonic Orchestra.

After a joint performance with the trumpeter Gabor Boldoczki at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern this summer, and several concerts with the trombone ensemble Trombone Unit Hanover, he was on tour again in the autumn as a soloist with the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg. Helmut Lachenmann’s NUN for flute, trombone, orchestra and male voices was performed at the festival WIEN MODERN and the Festival d´Automne in Paris.

Since winning the Christian Lindberg Competition, Frederic Belli has had close creative ties to probably the greatest trombonists of all time. In December 2007 he performed the Concertino by Ferdinand David with the Nordic Chamber Orchestra and in spring 2008 he gave the first performance of the Trombone Concerto by Ferrer Ferran with the Swedish Wind Ensemble – both concerts conducted by Maestro Christian Lindberg. They then both performed as soloists with the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz in September 2009. On Christian Lindberg’s recommendation, he appeared at the Festival VIRTUOSI XIII in Recife, Brazil in December 2010, performing the premiere of Requiem para um Trombone by the Brazilian composer Eli-Eri Moura, written in memory of the trombonist Radegundis Feitosa who died last year.

In January this year, Frederic Belli’s first solo CD was released on the Genuin label in the German Music Council’s Deutsche Musikrat’s “Primavera” series. On this, he plays works by Luciano Berio, Frank Martin, George Delerue, Folke Rabe and Nino Rota with the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Sylvain Cambreling, Trombone Unit Hannover and the pianist Eriko Takezawa.

Frederic Belli became solo trombonist with the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg in 2006.

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European premier of Daniel Schnyder's Trombone Concerto with Frederic Belli and the Collegium Musicum under Kevin Griffiths: Check out the new video clip HERE


Latest CD

Frederic Belli - TromboneFrederic Belli

Works by Berio, Rabe, Martin, 
Delerue, Rota