Ilja von Grüningen
von Grüningen

Ilja is the ensemble’s statutory Swiss person (as Prof. Horst-Dieter Bolz put it in an interview once). If he’s not sitting in a car he’s the dictionary entry for ‘relaxed’ and always stays incredibly cool when the going gets tough. Like all the “young wild ones” in the group he continued his studies with Thomas Forstner and Prof. Wolfgang Guggenberger after Prof. Bolz retired. Currently he is pursuing a postgraduate teaching degree at Trossingen. He has been a full-time trumpet teacher at Sigmaringen Music School since 2004 and conducts the Tuttlingen church brass choir.

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