Interview - Jacques Mauger
"Further on, he highlights that the trombone is a very physical instrument: “The physical resistance is important, the musculature, the food hygiene is important, the teeth are very important for us because it is really the seat, where all rests our embouchure and I make them really aware of that because you know the young people” and, for this reason, he affirms that it is very important to exercise.
When talking about auditions to enter the orchestras, Mauger highlights certain pieces that are usually played (Mahler, the Bolero, Stravinsky, Mozart, etc.), but also affirms that beyond working on the important solos, they must above all work on the contact, know the symphony.
On the end of the interview, Mauger affirms that “the apotheosis of my work is when the person succeeds in an international competition or wins a position in an orchestra. For me, that's what it's all about and I often see that hard work always pays off. The people who work regularly, who reflect on their work, who go the extra mile, that's what I find the most rewarding thing about being a teacher. ""
The people who work regularly, who reflect on their work, who go the extra mile, that's what I find the most rewarding thing about being a teacher
A prize-winner at international competitions at Markneukirchen and at Toulon.
Jacques Mauger was born in Normandy and studied the trombone at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris“. A prize-winner at international competitions at Markneukirchen and at Toulon, he started his professional career as first trombone with the Nice Philarmonic Orchestra, and then became trombone soloist with the Paris Opera Orchestra.
Since 1990, he has concentrated on working as concert artist, and has often appeared as a soloist and abroad with ensembles varying from string, and symphony orchestras, to brass and concert bands. He has also made television appearances on ZDF,GLOBO, RAI and MUZZIK in France, and many international composers have composed original works or made special arrangements for him.
He is recording more of 30 CDs in soloist.
Jacques Mauger is still active as a teacher at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional in Paris and the trombone Professor HEMU Vaud Valais Fribourg. He is also guest professor at the Senzoku Gaquen University of Tokyo, Japan. He often gives masterclass in numerous countries: France, the U.K, Japan, Korea, China, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, the United States, and South America. In 2007 his newly developed studies collection for trombone (in collaboration with Jean Michel Defaye) will be published in his collection IMD Arpèges publications Paris. He also developed the new AC440 trombone model in Antoine Courtois Paris brass factory. In his role as a true Ambassador of the French school and its repertoire, he regularly presents master classes throughout the world for the soloists of tomorrow.
Jacques Mauger is the new president of the “Association des Trombonistes Français” and president of the International Trombone Association since 2020.