Formed in 2013, Universal Brass Ensemble consists of members Tom Boulton (trumpet), Dan Wions (horn), and Yevgeny Morozov (piano). The name “Universal" was carefully chosen and has multiple meanings. It is well-accepted that music is the universal language. Not only does Universal Brass Ensemble strive to be universal in presenting that language through exciting and engaging performances that cover a wide variety of genres, composers, and time periods, but they also consider the core instrumentation of trumpet, horn, and piano as a universal and adaptable unit readily capable of collaborating with other instrumentalists. This malleability allows them to innovate and transform into a familiar yet original sound. Programs range in music from popular and chamber settings to full scale orchestral works.
In addition to their mission as performers, they also highly value the educational aspect of music and how it has the power to enrich lives and communities. Universal Brass Ensemble presents performances and master classes at universities along with demonstrations and clinics at schools where they enjoy working with students of all ages.
Appearing extensively throughout New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, trumpeter Thomas Boulton maintains a very active performance calendar where he has performed with the New York Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and countless others. As a freelance musician based in New York City, Tom has performed alongside members of the Canadian Brass, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, musicians on Broadway and makes regular appearances at prestigious concert halls including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Tom’s trumpet playing has been broadcast live on television to over 200 million homes internationally, heard on numerous National Public Radio programs, and on live concert stages in front of crowds exceeding 25,000. As an educator, clinician, and recitalist, Tom appears at schools and universities across the country and is a published author in the International Trumpet Guild Journal. A strong advocate for music in schools and a proponent of Aesthetic Education, Tom also works as a New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist where he currently teaches orchestral music to over 300 students in New York City classrooms.
Tom holds degrees from Rutgers University (Doctor of Musical Arts), Manhattan School of Music (Master of Music), and Eastern Michigan University (Bachelor of Music). His principal teachers include Kevin Cobb, Thomas V. Smith, Carter Eggers, and Michael Bowman. He received additional individual instruction from trumpeting icons Håkan Hardenberger, Thomas Stevens, Gabriele Cassone, Stephen Burns, Edward Carroll, Jim Ross, Mark Gould, David Krauss, Peter Bond, Brian McWhorter, Ray Mase, and Robert Sullivan. Tom has performed under notable conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Alan Gilbert, Marin Alsop, Lorin Maazel, and Kurt Masur. He has recorded on the Sony Classical, Mark Masters, and Naxos Classical labels.
Dan Wions has worked under the baton of such prestigious conductors as Zubin Mehta, Michael Tilson Thomas, Charles Dutoit, Kurt Masur and Lorin Maazel and has recorded on the Sony Classical and Naxos labels, and for NASCAR and ESPN productions. He has performed on tour dates with a long list of pop, rock and jazz musicians including Dave Brubeck, Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, John Legend, Gloria Estefan, Carlos Santana, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Patti Lupone, Anne Murray, Leann Rhimes, Mannheim Steamroller, Clay Aiken and Josh Groban. As a soloist, Dan has performed with regional and college ensembles throughout the United States.
Currently, Dan works as a substitute musician with The Philadelphia Orchestra, while serving as Principal Horn of the Pennsylvania Ballet in Philadelphia, The Ocean City Pops Orchestra in New Jersey, and the Distinguished Concerts International Orchestra in NYC. He was also a finalist and semi-finalist in auditions with the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony, Kennedy Center Opera, Calgary Philharmonic, Delaware Symphony, Pittsburgh Opera, and Hartford Symphony. Teachers include Joe Anderer, Michelle Baker, Myron Bloom, Scott Brubaker, Tony Cecere, Peter Gordon, Michael Hatfield, Phil Myers, Erik Ralske, Rick Seraphinoff, and Chris Wilhjelm.
Dan holds a BM in Horn Performance, with outside studies in piano and composition, from Indiana University. He is a former faculty member of the Westminster Conservatory of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, and the Summertrios chamber music festival (www.Summertrios.org). As a student, Dan attended a number of summer music festivals, including the FAME festival, the National Orchestral Institute, and three consecutive years as a member of the prestigious Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland.
In addition to Horn, Dan has found balance working occasionally as a cocktail pianist since early High School. Since then, Dan has played for the Dalai Lama, entertained customers regularly for Nordstrom Department stores, Hilton, Marriott, and Hyatt Regency Hotels (among others), and provided music for hundreds of parties, benefits, and corporate functions. In 2006, he founded Live Music Consulting LLC (www.livemusicconsulting.com), a project based consulting service and booking agency.
Dan's home is split between Philadelphia and New York City, performing and teaching primarily in the NJ, NY, PA tri-state area, and touring and contracting musicians internationally.
As an international Award-Winning classical pianist, Yevgeny Morozov has performed in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Iceland, Netherlands, Austria, Slovakia, Russia, Ukraine, and the United States. He was featured to perform at numerous music festivals and concert series, among them the V. Middle European Festival of Concert Art, Prokofiev's Music Festival in Moscow, Sarasota Music Festival in Florida, Tuba Bach Festival in Michigan, International Keyboard Institute & Festival in New York City, Ferris State University Festival of the Arts, Mannes Festivals "La Belle Époque" and "The Birth Of Romanticism". Yevgeny has frequently appeared as a piano soloist with orchestra, performing with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (Glasgow, UK), National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra (Bratislava, Slovakia), Royal Scottish Academy Symphony Orchestra (Glasgow, UK), Rutgers University Symphony Orchestra, and Odessa National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (Ukraine).
Yevgeny's performances were broadcasted on the Slovak TV in Bratislava, Slovak Radio in Žilina, Kharkov State Television Company, as well as Ukrainian National TV Company in Kiev and WQXR station in NYC.
Yevgeny's awards in numerous international piano competitions include the Dorothy Mackenzie Artists Recognition Award (IKIF, New York City, 2001), Semi-final Prize of Guardian Dublin International Piano Competition - (Dublin, Ireland, 1997), UK YAMAHA Music Foundation of Europe Scholarships Awards (London, U.K., 1996). He is also a Laureate of the of the Prokofiev's International Music Festival (Moscow, Russia, 1995), Kil's International Piano Competition (Kil, Sweden, 1994), J.N.HUMMEL International Piano Competition (Bratislava, Slovakia, 1993) among others.
Apart from solo performing, Yevgeny collaborates in chamber music recitals and provides piano accompaniment for instrumentalists. He also teaches piano, gives master classes, holds lectures and adjudicates. Currently he is on the piano faculty at the Mason Gross School of the Arts (Extension Division) and Staff accompanist for the Rutgers University's Music Department (New Brunswick, NJ). He teaches also privately and provides advanced level piano lessons for serious-minded students of all ages. As an experienced concert pianist and piano instructor, Yevgeny coaches young performers for recitals, trains and advises for competitions and music college entries.
A native of Ukraine (former Soviet Union), pianist Yevgeny Morozov holds degrees from Yale School of Music, Mannes College The New School For Music in NYC and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (U.K.).