Callum G’Froerer (1988) is an Australian trumpet player based in Berlin since 2015, active in improvised and notated musical settings.
Past and present projects include new music quartet Cathexis, a duo with double bassist Jonathan Heilbron, the improvising ensemble Phonetic Orchestra, bass-piano-trumpet trio DRUM, and the Berlin-based performance quartet Arcades. His compositional pursuits include the long-term project ‘Charcoals’ initiated in 2014, with items ranging from field recordings to chamber music. He has performed in the USA, Italy, Japan, 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 album, ‘City Speaks’, recorded in 2011 by the Australian Broadcasting Commission and released in 2013 on the Listen/Hear Collective label. His quartet album, ‘Space Available’ was released independently in January 2015.
He was part of the Sydney-based Ensemble Offspring’s inaugural Hatched Academy in 2014. G’Froerer 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 and 2015 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 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, Kate Miller-Heidke, Ed Partyka Jazz Orchestra,Martha Wainwright, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Ora Clementi, Konzert Minimal and the Australian Art Orchestra. Festival performances include the Bendigo Festival for Exploratory Music, Soft Soft Loud @ Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth Festival, Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Sydney Festival, and CTM Festival (Berlin).