Jacques Mauger was born in Normandy and studied the trombone at the Regional Conservatoire in Rouen, and subsequently at the " Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris ". A prize-winner at international competitions at Markneukirchen in Germany, and at Toulon, he started his professional career as first trombone with the Nice Philarmonic Orchestra, and then became trombone soloist with the Paris Opera Orchestra.
Since 1990, Jacques Mauger has concentrated on working as a concert artist, and has often appeared as a soloist in France and abroad with ensembles varying from string, and symphony orchestras, to brass and concert bands. He has also made television appearances on ZDF in Germany,GLOBO in Brazil, RAI in Italy and MUZZIK in France, and has broadcast on RFI, France Inter, France Musique, France Info and the BBC, thus making himself known to a wide audience. Many international composers have composed original works or made special arrangements for him.
Jacques Mauger is still active as a teacher at the "Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris " where he was appointed in 1994, and also at the "Accademia Santa Cecilia di Roma", Italy for 3 years. In June 2004 he won the audition for the trombone professor H.E.M de Genève site of Neuchâtel Switzerland. He is also guest professor at the Senzoku Gaquen University of Tokyo, Japan. He often gives masterclasses in numerous countries: France, the U.K, Japan, Korea, China, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, the United States, and South America. In 2007 his newly developed studies collection for trombone (in collaboration with Jean Michel Defaye) will be published by A. Leduc Paris publications.
He also developed the new AC440 trombone model in the Antoine Courtois Paris brass factory.
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Eglantina GRAPSHI, born in Korçe Albania, graduated with a performance degree in piano from the Arts Academy of Tirana in 1994. She won first prize at the Frédéric Chopin Competition in 1996 and the Contemporary Music Competition in 1997 in Tirana.
After graduation, she was invited to various festivals as an Albanian Ambassador to perform as soloist: the Ryedale Festival in UK, the Floralia Muzyczne Festival in Varsovia, and the Chopin International Festival in Poland.
In 1998 she won the DAAD Prize (German association for the cultural exchanges) and continued her piano studies at the Folkwang Musikhochschule of Essen, Germany. In 2003 she earned her Masters as a performance soloist with high awards.
After her studies in Germany, she was invited to perform as a soloist in various music festivals throughout Europe, including chamber ensembles, recitals and orchestras.
Eglantina continued to improve her chamber music, trio and quartet visiting various countries including Germany, Poland, Croatia, France, Italy, Hungary, UK, Turkey, Macedonia, and also Korea and Japan.
From 1994 to 1998, she was piano accompanyist at the Folkwang Musikhochschule of Essen Germany, for string, woodwind and brass classes and in 2001 became principal accompanyist at the school.
Since 2005, she has been accompanist for the H.E.M of Genève in Neuchâtel (Switzerland) and she is also the official pianist for the International Trombone Competitions in Europe and Asia.
At the moment, Eglantina is working on a solo recording for 2011.