Faculty | 2022-2023
Upon winning first prize in the ARD International Music Competition, Fabrice Millischer is recognised as one of the most gifted contemporary trombone players in Europe. The 38-years-old is the first winner of this challenging competition in the category of trombone. He is well known not only among professional musicians, but also among those fond of classical music in general.
Millischer started his musical education at the Conservatoire of Toulouse. Exposed to music since childhood, his love for music started with the piano, turned to the cello and ultimately to the trombone. He studied both instruments at the Conservatory of Toulouse and obtained highest marks on his graduation exams. Yet undecided between cello and trombone, he entered the CNSMD of Lyon where he took master classes on the trombone with Michel Becquet and Alain Manfrin and on the sackbut with Daniel Lassalle. At the same time, he continued his education on the cello at the CNSMD of Paris, taught by Philippe Muller, Roland Pidoux and Xavier Philips.
In 2020 he formed the "Millischer Trombone Quartet" with Kris Garfitt, Roberto de la Guia and Pierre Campenon. This Trombone Quartet devoted its work to the topic of the development of the trombone from the Baroque period until the present.
Fabrice Millischer is frequently on tour with such famous Baroque groups as “Le Concert de Nations” under the direction of Jordi Savall, “Sasqueboutiers” conducted by Daniel Lassalle and Jean-Pierre Canihac, and “Insula Orchestra” by Laurence Equilbey.
A soloist in frequent demand, he has been invited to play with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the BR Symphony Orchestra Munich, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra Baden-Baden, Philharmonic Orchestra Freiburg, Southwest Philharmonic Orchestra Konstanz, Augsburg Symphony Orchestra, Köln Chamber Orchestra, Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Osaka Symphony Orchestra, the State Hermitage Orchestra in St. Petersburg, the National Orchestra of the Capitol in Toulouse, the Symphony Orchestra in Cannes and the Ukrainian National Orchestra. On his tours Millischer has visited Washington, Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul, Munich, Geneva, Madrid, Berlin, Porto (to name a few) and has participated in festivals devoted to brass instruments (e.g. the Eastern Trombone Workshop, the Epsival, the Cuivres en Dombes, the Limoux Brass Festival, Surgères Brass Festival, Epsival, Samedan Brass Week, Lieksa Brass Week, Lille Trombone Festival, Isla Verde Festival, Slider Asia Festival, Italian Brass Week,...)
Between 2008 and 2013, Fabrice Millischer has been solo trombonist with the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Saarbrücken/Kaiserslautern.
Taking a great interest in the music of our time, he has contributed to the creation of a number of works for the trombone. Many contemporary musical pieces have been composed and dedicated to Fabrice Millischer: “Trombone Concerto for Trombone and Brass Ensemble” by Jean Guillou, “Trombone Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra” by Patrick Burgan (referred to as “La chute de Lucifer”), “Libretto” by Etienne Perruchon and “FM Qoncerto” by Steven Verhelst.
Besides winning the first prize in the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, he has also been laureate in other international competitions for the trombone: Budapest (2005) and the competition of Sacqueboute in Toulouse (2006). Since 2009 he has been an active participant in the“Déclic” Programme of the AFAA (Association française d’action artistique) which promotes young talents. Also in 2009 he was awarded the Silver Medal of the Academy of Arts and Letters.
In 2011 Millischer became the first trombonist to be awarded the first prize in the category “Revelation Instrumental Soloist” by the “Victoires de la Musique Classique.” In the same year, he was recognized by the prestigious Académie Charles-Cros (Charles Cros Academy) with its grand prize.
Despite his young age, Fabrice Millischer is a highly sought Professor of Trombone. In 2008 he taught at the Conservatoire Paul Dukas in Paris and in 2009 he became Professor of Trombone at the Hochschule für Music Saar (Saarland College of Music). This made him the youngest professor for trombone in Germany. Moreover, he is regularly invited to give master classes in France and Europe as well as in other parts of the world: in Washington, Mexico, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Seoul, Almaty,...
Fabrice Millischer is currently Professor of Trombone at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg (Freiburg Conservatory of Music) and at the “Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse” of Paris.
Fabrice Millischer is presently working with Antoine Courtois Paris and plays the Trombone Creation Paris AC 422B.