Callum G’Froerer (1988) is an Australian trumpet player based in Berlin since 2015, active in various improvised and notated musical settings.
Present and past projects include new music quartet Cathexis, trumpet/double bass duo with Jonathan Heilbron, chamber music ensemble Smallroom Berlin, improvising ensemble Phonetic Orchestra, bass/piano/trumpet trio DRUM with Andy Butler and Jonathan Heilbron, and the Berlin-based performance quartet Arcades.
His compositional pursuits include the long-term project ‘Charcoals’ initiated in 2014, with spanning electro-acoustic works, field recordings, performance pieces, and acoustic chamber music – all performance/site-specific.
He has performed in the USA, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Denmark, Norway, Turkey, Germany, and Singapore, and has performed world and national premieres of works by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Liza Lim, James Rushford, Cat Hope, Eres Holz, and Ryan Fellhauer. G’Froerer was long-listed for the 2014 Freedman Jazz Fellowship, and the 2015 Freedman Classical Fellowship.
In February 2013, G’Froerer released his debut jazz album ‘City Speaks’, recorded in 2011 by the Australian Broadcasting Commission and released in 2013 on the Listen/Hear Collective label. His next album ‘Space Available’ was released independently in January 2015.
G’Froerer was part of the Sydney-based Ensemble Offspring’s inaugural Hatched Academy in 2014, and was a 2013 Fellow at the Australian National Academy of Music, producing concerts of contemporary repertoire including Australian premieres of works by Eres Holz, Luciano Berio, Morton Feldman, Sebastian Elikowski-Winkler, Abel Paul, and Rebecca Saunders.
G’Froerer performed at the 2015 Stockhausen Memorial Concert in Kürten, Germany, and was a prize-winner at the 2011, 2015, and 2017 Stockhausen Courses in Kürten, Germany. He has performed at the Chosen Vale Trumpet Seminar in New Hampshire, USA and the Sillico Trumpet Seminar in Tuscany. He has studied trumpet with Tristram Williams, David Elton, Scott Tinkler and Marco Blaauw.
Artists and ensembles he has performed with include the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Manufaktur für Aktuelle Musik, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Martha Wainwright, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Kate Miller-Heidke, Ed Partyka Jazz Orchestra, Ora Clementi, Konzert Minimal and the Australian Art Orchestra. Festival performances include the Bendigo Festival for Exploratory Music, Serralves em Festa (Porto), Soft Soft Loud @ Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth Festival, Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Sydney Festival, and CTM Festival (Berlin).