Callum G’Froerer (1988) is an Australian trumpet player based in Melbourne, active in various improvised and notated musical settings. Originally from sunny Perth, he was based in Berlin from 2015-2018, and Melbourne from 2012-2014.
Present and past projects include: The Sculpted Trumpet, an internationally-touring recital of new electro-acoustic works for double-bell trumpet; chamber music ensemble Smallroom; bass/piano/trumpet trio DRUM with Andy Butler and Jonathan Heilbron; early and contemporary brass music with Brass Commons; improvising ensemble Phonetic Orchestra; new music quartet Cathexis; trumpet/double bass duo with Jonathan Heilbron; and Marco Blaauw’s ‘Monochrome’ multiple-trumpet project with performances of Anthony Braxton’s ‘Composition No. 103’.
His long-term composition project ‘Charcoals’ spans 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 Ann Cleare, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Liza Lim, James Rushford, Cat Hope, and Eres Holz. G’Froerer was long-listed for the 2014 Freedman Jazz Fellowship, and the 2015 Freedman Classical Fellowship.
His jazz output includes: quintet album ‘City Speaks’, released in 2013 on the Listen/Hear Collective label; his quartet album ‘Space Available’, released independently in 2015. In 2019 he will release his second quartet album on the Earshift label.
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 Luciano Berio, Morton Feldman, Rebecca Saunders, and composers represented by the Berlin-based publisher Edition Plante, including Eres Holz, Sebastian Elikowski-Winkler, and Abel Paul.
G’Froerer performed HARMONIEN at the 2015 Stockhausen Memorial Concert in Kürten, Germany, and was a prize-winner at the 2011 and 2015 Stockhausen Courses in Kürten, Germany for his performances of ARIES and HARMONIEN. 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: ELISION Ensemble, Ensemblekollektiv Berlin, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Manufaktur für Aktuelle Musik, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Martha Wainwright, Ensemble Schwerpunkt, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Kate Miller-Heidke, Ed Partyka Jazz Orchestra, Ora Clementi, Konzert Minimal, and the Australian Art Orchestra.
Festival performances include: Bendigo Festival for Exploratory Music, Huddersfield Festival for Contemporary Music, Munich Biennale, 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).