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Interview with Gábor Tarkövi

04.03.2020

Gábor, what are your earliest memories about the Schagerl brand? When and how did the first meeting happen?

Back in 1995 I was lucky enough to become a member of the world famous Pro Brass wind ensemble. Back in the day the ensemble had several Hungarian members and it was a real joy playing with them. But for me the most amazing thing was playing alongside the great trumpet artist Hans Gansch. I had the fortune to know Hans already before – about 6 months earlier I became his student.  I could take lessons from him at the Vienna Opera House and that was a really amazing experience for me. Back then Hans did not teach officially yet, he was the principal trumpet player of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

I can tell you that those few meetings with Hans improved my playing considerably.

With Pro Brass we’ve been touring Austria, and in 1995 we had a concert in Mank. Following the morning rehearsal Hans said: “Let’s visit Schagerl’s place, maybe he has something interesting to show us.”

When we got to Hörsdorf I had the feeling that for Hans it was like going home.

Karl Schagerl senior and Hans Gansch senior have been friends and colleagues for a long time. Hans Gansch senior used to be the conductor of the brass band in a nearby village where the members of the two families played together: Hans Gansch junior and the two sons of Karl Schagerl, the younger Karl and Robert. Karl Schagerl sen. is a real genius, he is good at everything he does. Back then he built and repaired brass and woodwind instruments, and also violins. He founded his own company in 1961. This was the predecessor of Schagerl Musikhaus. Here he repaired all kind of musical instruments.  When he retired his son Karl junior took over the business. In the meantime the younger son Robert has become a professional maker of brasswind instruments. Whenever we visited them we had the chance to try his newest instruments. Hans has always been enthusiastic about Robert’s activity and supported him with hints and ideas. When Hans and myself visited them together they asked me too what I thought.

So slowly I became a “family member” as well.

How did you finally become an owner yourself, what was your first Schagerl instrument?

Next summer Hans showed up at a Pro Brass rehearsal with a Bb and a C trumpet in his hands. He said: “Try them, these are really good!”. Robert made 2 pairs, one for Hans and one for me. This was the moment I became a Schagerl user.

So I got my very first Schagerl instruments in 1996 and they made me happy from the very first moment.

After that the Schagerl brand went through a serious evolution. At the beginning there was the Classic Line and the Jazz Line. The rotary and the piston. One Bb and C of each. It was like that until around 1999. These trumpets were absolutely successful. But later some musicians were looking for a little bigger, or little smaller models as well. That was when the Vienna model came out, and then the W-2001. These were a little different from original models.  Then the trumpets marked D1 and D2 followed. D standing for “Deutsch” (German system). These were a little larger then the Vienna.

I played a Classic Line Bb till 2015, liked it a lot, this was the trumpet I won my auditions with.

How did you become a Schagerl endorser? What kind of tasks, obligations, benefits does this status come with?

I think this comes with the career of the musician. If someone makes a really nice instrument, and the musician playing it wins the audition an gets a good job, not only the musician becomes more famous also his instrument. I’m always watching which trumpets the young musicians are playing who win auditions. And those are the ones I’m recommending to others, the ones that are worth purchasing. By becoming the principal trumpeter of the Bayern Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1999, not only I became more famous, but also the Schagerl brand. So the reason I became an endorser is that I got better and better jobs as principal trumpeter at top orchestras.

In 2004 I won the job at the Berliner Philharmoniker as co-principal trumpet player with my fellow countryman Tamás Velenczei who also played Schagerl trumpets. It was a fantastic new experience, not only for Tamás and myself, but also for the people making our instruments.

It is also important to mention, however, that the very first great Schagerl trumpets were made under the guidance of Hans Gansch, a world famous and very influential artist. Not much later his brother Thomas Gansch and his ensemble Mnozil Brass did a great job for the brand too.

A long story short: I became an endorser due to my professional career.

During those 24 years we have been working together, the people at Schagerl and myself became very close friends.

What kind of privileges does this come with?

As a student of the academy I’ve been daydreaming about trumpets custom made for me. I’m so happy this dream of mine came true.

What is your personal role in the process of developing? How about the “Berlin” model? Tell us the story please!

In 2011 the company was ready to produce each and every part of their instruments locally. The idea was to have more control over quality – and this was a good idea. This was the moment when we started thinking about a new model.  There was the “Hans Gansch” trumpet, and Karl wanted to have a “Gábor Tarkövi” model as well. I did not like the idea, therefore I recommended to call it “Berlin” instead. It is important to underline that without the help of (sales manager) Michael Schiller the trumpet would not be as good as it is. He was helping a lot during the whole process. At the beginning I also asked Hans Gansch quite frequently what he thinks, he helped a lot too. But, of course, it was Robert who actually built the instruments, therefore I tried to cooperate with him as intensively as it was possible.

We started the innovation process with the Bb. The Bb’s we developed are really very good, students of famous professors are winning good jobs with them.  A couple of years ago we started working on the C trumpet as well – with very good results. A big plus is that the experts working at the factory are absolutely open minded. Whatever my problem is, they never say “OK, but this trumpet is just fine as it is”. They rather make efforts to make the instrument even better, and this is very important.

How do you see the future of the company?

I think this interview makes it clear that since the ‘90s the Schagerl brand is a big success story. And I’m absolutely sure this will remain as it is for many years to come. It is a great pleasure for me to be part of this success.

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Schagerl Brass Academy wieder im Stift Melk

28.02.2020

von 6. bis 8. März 2020 findet wieder unsere erfolgreiche Schagerl Brass Academy statt.

Ein Meisterkurs für Studenten und Profis, die gemeinsam mit den Dozenten an Ihren Fähigkeiten arbeiten und weiter entwickeln werden.
Der Kurs findet im wunderschönen Stift Melk statt, wo auch wir immer vor Ort zur Verfügung stehen werden..

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Schagerl Young Star – Valentin Annerbo

09.10.2019

„Mit 7 Jahren habe ich auf einem Kornett angefangen Trompete zu lernen. Im Gymnasium wechselte ich zur amerikanischen B Trompete und später im Jungstudium an der Robert-Schumann-Hochschule Düsseldorf dann zur deutschen Drehventil Trompete.
Ich habe damals mehrere Modelle ausprobiert und mich dann für eine Schagerl Berlin Heavy B Trompete entschieden. Die leichte Ansprache, die Möglichkeit, unterschiedliche Klangfarben zu erzeugen und das einzigartige Spielgefühl haben mich damals bei der Schagerl Brass Academy in Melk überzeugt.
Mittlerweile spiele ich auch noch eine Berlin Heavy C Trompete, eine Piccolo Berlin, die Las Vegas Perinet B Trompete und ab und zu die Academica Taschentrompete. Zu Beginn des Studiums bei Prof. Matthias Höfs habe ich jetzt zu einer vergoldeten „Hans Gansch L“ B Trompete gewechselt.

Meine Schagerl Trompeten überzeugen mich durch ihre zuverlässige Ansprache, vor allem im oberen Register. Ihre Fülle an Klangfarben und ihre charakteristische Ausstrahlung ermöglichen mir, nuancenreich und mit künstlerischer Erfüllung zu spielen.
Ich kann mich auf ihre Präzision und Klarheit verlassen und schätze auch den vertrauenswürdigen Service in Mank / Österreich.“


Valentin Annerbo (Schagerl Young Star)
studiert bei Prof. Matthias Höfs und spielt Schagerl B-Trompte „Hans Gansch“, B- und C-Trompete Modell „Berlin heavy“ und Piccolo Trompete „Berlin“

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Schagerl Young Star – Julius Scholz

07.10.2019

„Mit 14 Jahren begann ich auf deutschen Trompeten zu spielen. Seitdem spiele ich auf Schagerl B und C Trompeten (erst Hans Gansch und Hörsdorf Heavy und jetzt beide Modelle Berlin Heavy). Das Besondere für mich an den beiden Instrumenten ist, dass ich sie sehr flexibel einsetzen kann: im Orchester, Ensemble und Solorepertoir. Sie geben für mich nicht einen bestimmten Klang vor, sondern helfen mir dabei verschiedenste Klangfarben zu entdecken.“


Julius Scholz (Schagerl Young Star)
spielt: Schagerl B- & C-Trompete „Berlin Heavy“

studiert bei Prof. Matthias Höfs und spielt bei Ensemble Brasssonanz

 

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Großartiges Benefizkonzert in der Stiftskirche Melk

09.09.2019

Großartiges Benefizkonzert im Stift Melk mit unseren Artists Selina Ott,  Gábor Tarkövi,  Matthias Kernstock und Ludwig Lusser an der Orgel.

Herzlichen Dank für euer soziales Engagement. Der Erlös wird den Sozialprojekten des Stift Melk zur Verfügung gestellt: Unterstützung eines Sozialzentrums für Waisenkinder und Sozialwaisen in Saniob/Rumänien (Verein „Auro-Danubia-Stift Melk hilft Waisenkindern in Rumänien) und dem Projekt „Wir helfen Kinder in Burkina Faso“ initiiert von Pater Felix Christof Fütterer

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Schagerl Young Star – Matthias Hippe

07.08.2019

„Ich spiele seit 2015 eine Schagerl Wien B-Trompete und bin damit sehr zufrieden.
Außerdem spiele ich eine Schagerl Berlin Heavy C-Trompete, welche einen schönen Klang hat, leicht zu spielen ist und sehr Durchsetzungsstark im Orchester ist.
Seit 2019 habe ich nun auch eine Schagerl Berlin Heavy B-Trompete, welche im Vergleich zu meiner bisherigen Wien einen etwas breiteren Klang bietet. Die beiden Berlin Modelle kommen im Orchester viel zum Einsatz, meine Wien für Solorepertoire und Kammermusik.“


Matthias Hippe (Schagerl Young Star)

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Prof. Alexander Freund about Schagerl Instruments

04.06.2019

„Ich liebe den warmen, und oberton-reichen Klang meiner Schagerl Trompeten. Von der tollen Intonation und Verarbeitung brauche ich gar nicht zu reden, die Instrumente spielen sich einfach so herrlich frei und klingen ganz individuell, einfach wunderschön! Am meisten spiele ich mit M5 Mexican Brass das Ganschhorn, das ist wie 4 Instrumente in einem und mischt sich ganz ausgezeichnet. So wie alle meine anderen „toys“. Deshalb spiele ich Schagerl, seit 1998″


Prof. Alexander Freund (M5 Mexican Brass, Professor Georgia State University, Atlanta)

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