Charlie Lewis is a founding member of the Empire Brass Quintet.  This Quintet began in 1972 at Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood with the advice of Leonard Bernstein.  In addition to Mr. Lewis, the origintal group included Rolf Smedvig (Trumpet), David Ohanian (French Horn), Norman Bolter (Trombone), and Samuel Pilafian (Tuba).

The Empire Brass Quintet was the first brass ensemble to recieve the prestigious Naumburg Award for Excellence in Chamber Music (1976).  The Quintet has toured the US, Europe, Japan, and Iceland.  The Quintet also toured in the Columbia Artists Community Concerts roster as well as performances for dignitaries such as President Carter and Queen Elizabeth.  In addition, the members of the Quintet were artists-in-residence at Boston University and Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood.

The Empire Brass Quintet has published numerous arrangements and transcriptions for brass groups through their own publishing company.  They have also commissioned many new works by contemporary composers.


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