Alessandro Bonotto, Trumpet (ext. 205) is currently in his first year as a doctoral teaching assistant at Michigan State University. At MSU, he is a part of the Faculty Beaumont Brass Quintet and teaches lessons to undergraduate students. Most recently, Alessandro attended Indiana University where he was the graduate assistant of John Rommel. While residing in Indiana he subbed with regional orchestras and was a soloist with the Bloomington Chamber Singers. Alessandro performed with IU’s New Music Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor’s Orchestra, the Associate Instructor Brass Quintet, and was a frequent member of the Joshi Handel Project led by Dr. Betsy Burleigh.
Passionate about teaching, Alessandro has given masterclasses at institutions such as Penn State University, The Juilliard School, and Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory. He is currently pursuing the development of a motion-oriented approach to brass playing. This approach explores the motion-based exercises and ideas implicit in the foundations and teachings of various pedagogical schools. It would highlight and emphasize the air, and the motion of the air, in tandem with the imagined sound. The approach ties into sports philosophies that center around motion-based concepts, such as the development of a golf swing and running form, as well as visualization in pre-performance athlete rituals.
Alessandro has performed with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Brass Band of Central Florida, and the SeaWorld (Orlando) Brass Quintet. He has attended Marrowstone Music Festival on fellowship and was a two-time winner of the mock orchestral audition at Domaine Forget International Brass Academy. In addition to MSU and IU, he has attended the University of Oklahoma and University of Central Florida where his primary teachers include Justin Emerich, John Rommel, Karl Sievers, and John Almieda.
Alessandro currently resides in East Lansing, MI with his wife Anastasia. He has a passion for health, fitness, and simple living.