It’s a Wrap for the 2021 Getzen Ian Bousfield Solo Competition

Back in November, Ian Bousfield called us to talk about an idea he had for a competition. We of course jumped at the idea. The pandemic has been a blow to musicians and music manufacturers, so collaborating with Ian was a great opportunity to focus on something positive.

Getzen is a small, family-run business that has always enjoyed being part of brass manufacturing history. Music is in our DNA. To put on a competition for the next generation of musicians is truly an honor.  Our goal was to host an event with international judges who perform on a variety of instruments, not just Getzen and Edwards. And our judges did an impeccable job. Read about our competition judges.

Little did we know that we would receive so many applications and that the quality of musicianship was going to be so spectacular. To our applicants: thank you for your energy and commitment. Every one of the judges was inspired by your playing. You young women and men definitely showed up and made the panel’s job difficult. And that’s a very good thing.

Watch Ian Announce the Top 10

And the winner is…

We’d like to congratulate this year’s winner, Tim Ouwejan of The Netherlands. Tim will be receiving a Getzen 4147-IB Custom Reserve Tenor Trombone. We love this beautifully resonant instrument and are sure Tim will, too.

Top Ten Performers

  1. Tim Ouwejan (winner of a Getzen 4147IB Tenor Trombone)
  2. Niels Jacobs (winner of a $500 Edwards gift certificate)
  3. Gracie Potter (winner of a Griego Bousfield Mouthpiece)
  4. Isobel Daws
  5. Alberto Bonillo Losa
  6. Anthony Cosio-Marron
  7. Leonard Pineault Deault
  8. Connor Rowe
  9. João Mendes Canelas
  10. Elai Grisaru

In addition to Tim’s video, we are making many of the competitors’ videos available on YouTube. We encourage all young musicians to watch these performances. We think you’ll be amazed by the musicianship of these young people.

Bass trombonists, your time is coming. Please keep checking back with us for details. Better yet, subscribe to our email newsletter. You can find that form at the bottom of this page.

This past year has been incredibly difficult on musicians who depend upon live music for a living.  Let’s be sure to support live music as the recovery begins in order to keep music alive.

Thanks again to all our participants, judges, and especially Ian Bousfield for making this possible.