Callum G’Froerer (1988) is an Australian trumpet player based in Melbourne, active in varieties of improvised, notated, classical, ensemble, and solo musical settings. He was based in Berlin from 2015-2018.
Present and past projects include ‘Die Skulptierte Trompete’ (‘The Sculpted Trumpet’), a recital of new electro-acoustic works featuring the double-bell trumpet; bass/piano/trumpet trio DRUM with Andy Butler and Jonathan Heilbron; improvising ensemble Phonetic Orchestra; new music quartet Cathexis, trumpet/double bass duo with Jonathan Heilbron; chamber music ensemble Smallroom Berlin; and the brass ensemble Brass Commons.
His long-term composition project ‘Charcoals’ was initiated in 2014, spanning acoustic chamber music, electro-acoustic works, field recordings, and performance pieces – all performance/site-specific.
He has performed in the USA, Germany, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Denmark, Switzerland, Norway, Turkey, and Singapore, and has performed world and national premieres of works by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Liza Lim, Ann Cleare, 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 follow-up album ‘Space Available’ was released independently in January 2015, and more quartet music will be released in 2019.
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.
Ensembles and artists he has performed with include the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Chamber Opera, the Australian Art Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Ensemble Offspring, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Martha Wainwright, Manufaktur für Aktuelle Musik, Ensemble Schwerpunkt, Kate Miller-Heidke, Ed Partyka Jazz Orchestra, Ora Clementi, and Konzert Minimal. Festival performances include the Bendigo Festival for Exploratory Music, Maerz Musik (Berlin), Serralves em Festa (Porto), Soft Soft Loud @ Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth International Arts Festival, Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Sydney Festival, and CTM Festival (Berlin).
Upcoming projects in 2019 include Kaija Saariaho’s ‘La Passion De Simone’ with Sydney Chamber Opera at Carriageworks as part of the 2019 Sydney Festival; Elision Ensemble performances in Huddersfield, UK, and Taiwan; new works by Samantha Wolf and Alice Humphries with Ensemble Offspring; Martin Hiendl’s ‘OFFSHORE’ at Uferstudios (Berlin); and new long-duration solo pieces for various instruments as part of his ‘Charcoals’ series.