Fábio Luiz São Braz Pepino Da Cunha Brum was born in December of 1981, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Fábio has recently been appointed principal trumpet at the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira (Brazil). He lived in Seville (Spain) between 2009 and 2010 where he performed as principal trumpet at the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla (Spain) and is a member of the Royal Brass Quintet.
Fábio is the only brazilian to ever win a First Prize at an international trumpet competition and also to win various Prizes including: 1st Prize at the 2009 Concurso Internacional de Trompeta Juan García Marín; 3rd Prize at the 2010 Cità di Porcia Trumpet Competition (Italy); Judge's Prize at the 2008 Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Competition (USA); First Prize at the 2003 National Trumpet Competition College Etude Division (USA); Second Prize at the 2001 International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition (USA); Second Prize at the 2003 National Trumpet Competition College Solo Division (USA). He recieved an Honorary Mention at the 2010 Prague Spring International Music Festival Trumpet Competition (Chech Republic) and was also a finalist at the 2008 International Trumpet Competition in Tuscany (Italy) and at the 2006 “Città di Porcia” International Trumpet Competition (Italy).
Brum has played with numerous Orchestras and Ensembles in Brazil, Venezuela, United States, Mexico, Spain, Chech Republic, Italy, Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary and Serbia, both as soloist and trumpeter. Some of the orchestras are: Orquesta de la Radio Television Española "ORTVE" (Spain); Orchester des Staatstheater Darmstad (Germany); Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla (Spain); Orquesta Filarmónica de Las Palmas (Spain); Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira (Brazil); Orquesta Ciudad de Granada (Spain); Orquestra Sinf6onica do Estado de São Paulo (Brazil); Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais (Brazil); Orquestra Simón Bolivar del Tachira (Venezuela); Orquestra do Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); Banda Sinfônica de Quito (Ecuador); The Brass Company Quintet (United States); Royal Brass Quintet (Spain).
He has also received many awards and scholarships, including: 2008 Novara Award; DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service); Baden-Württemberg Stipendium; Lake Placid Institute Scholarship; Leon Rapier Memorial Scholarship; Melvin Dickinson Scholarship.
Fábio hads been a teacher of numerous festivals including the CIVEBRA (Brazil) Curso de Interpretación Instrumental at the Bienal de Musica de Buñol (Spain) and the Curso Eduardo Ocón (Spain). Festival de Trompeta del Estado Táchira, Venezuela, Festival Internacional de Trompetas Rafael Mendez (México), Concordia University Summer Music Camp in Nebrasca, United States among others.
He began, at the age of 8, to study music and trumpet with his grandfather Inácio Pepino. By the age of 9 he made his debut with the Banda Irmãos Pepino. At the age of 12, with the help of João Urbano, he became the principal solo trumpet of the same band in which he was part until he was 15. In Brazil he also studied the trumpet with teachers Naílson Simões, Paulo Mendonça, Nelson Oliveira. At the age of 16 he went to Louisville, KY (United States) for a High School Exchange Program where he stayed until he was 21 graduating with his Bachelor´s Degree. There he studied with Dr. Michael Tunnell at the University of Louisville. During those years in the United States, Fábio also won the University of Louisville Orchestra Solo Competition, the Louisville Youth Orchestra Solo Competition, received the Outstanding Soloist Prize at the DIxie Classic Concert Performance as well as being the First Chair Trumpeter at the All Collegiate Wind Ensenble (KY) and the All State Orchestra (KY).
Fábio Brum graduated with the Diplom-Musiker im Künstlerischen Hauptfach Trompete in 2005 from Prof. Reinhold Friedrich´s class at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe (Germany) where he also took classes from Dr. Prof. Edward H. Tarr, Laura Vokobratovic and Klaus Bräcker for a period of two years. Between 2007 and 2008 Fábio received trumpet clases with Eric Aubier in Paris.
He has participated in Master Classes with professors Reinhold Friedrich, Eric Aubier, Maurice André, Hakan Hardemberger, Guy Touvron, Adolph Herseth, Luis Gonzalez, Mark Gould, Jeans Lindeman, Markus Stockhausen, Edward Carrol, Juanjo Serna Salvador, Carlos Benetó Grau, Oscar Brum, Benjamin Moreno, John Wallace, James Thompson, Michael Sachs, Crispian Steele-Perkins, Ian Muirhead, Stacy Blair, John Hagstrom, Tim Morrison, Allen Vizzuti, Vincent DiMartino, among others.