The winner of this year’s Neill Humfeld Award was Mogens Andresen from Denmark. The Neill Humfeld Award is given for Excellence in Trombone Teaching recognizes the trombone teaching contributions of the late Neill Humfeld and honors living teachers who have achieved the highest level of excellence in their work.
After working with the Falster Infantry Regimental Band in Vordingborg and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, in 1974 Mogens Andresen became a bass trombonist in the Royal Danish Orchestra. In 1988-2013 Mogens was appointed professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen and head of brass. He was a co-founder of a brass ensemble from The Royal Danish Orchestra and played Baroque trombone in the ensembles the Rosenborg Trio and Den Danske Violonbande. With these ensembles he has made many recordings and has toured in Europe and USA. At the Royal Danish Academy of Music Mogens formed a brass ensemble and a big band and with them visited European music academies in Scotland, Poland, Czech Republic, Portugal, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Latvia. The ensembles are today continuing respectively as DANIA–BRASS ENSEMBLE and DANIA BIG BAND as professional ensembles.
Mogens is the author of a trombone tutor book as well as books on the history of brass instruments. Composer and arranger of music for brass published on BRASSMUSICONLINE.DK. His compositions and arrangements are performed worldwide.
He has instructed and conducted a long line of brass ensembles at home and abroad.: DKDM-Brass, DKDM Big band, Millitary Band Fyn, Slesvigske Military Band, Schleswig-Holstein Festival orchestra brass-ensemble, Jeunesses Musicales orchestra’s brass-ensemble, Flexible Brass (Holland), Riga City Big Band, Riga opera Brass Ensemble, Brass ensemble from The royal Danish Lifeguards Band, Royal Danish Brass, Copenhagen Brass and students from conservatories in i Amsterdam, Oslo, Glasgow, Stockholm, Riga and Indiana USA.
Mogens commented “I really am overwhelmed at receiving The Humfeld Award 2016 and that also feel very honored to join the ranks of prominent recipients.”
Mogens will travel to New York to the ITF to be presented with this award in June