Heiko Triebener

Heiko Triebener was born in Berlin on November 24th 1964. He spent his youth in Tuebingen and attended high school at the Keplergymnasium, concentrating on music and mathematics. He then went on to study musicology at the Univertity of Tuebingen. From 1984 until 1985 he performed his military service in the Luftwaffenmusikkorps 1 Neubiberg near Munich, and was also tuba player in the Radiosinfonieorchester Saarbruecken until 1986. From 1987 to 1993 he was the Principal Tubist of the Beethovenhalle Orchestra Bonn, where he played until taking up his current position, directly thereafter, with the Bamberger Symphoniker – Bayerische Staatsphilharmonie.

Instrumental Training

Starting in 1975, Heiko began his musical training on the baritone horn, and only later switched to tuba while attending the music school in Tuebingen. His teachers there were Istvan Nagy and Johannes Gruber. In 1982 and 1983 he was awarded a scholarship for the summer semester at the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan, in the USA under the tutelage of Rex Corner and Jerry Young. From 1982 until 1992 he studied privately with Robert Tucci from the Staatsoper Munich.

Masterclasses and private studies

Amonst his other teachers and influences are John Fletcher, Arnold Jacobs, Roger Bobo, Michael Lind, Warren Deck, Mel Culbertson, Tommy Johnson, Mark Evans, and Bernhard Hering.


First Prize in Jugend Musiziert Bundeswettbewerb in 1981 and 1983 solo category. Concerto Competition Winner at Interlochen in 1982 and 1983. First Prize at the Internationaler Instrumentalwettbewerb Markneukirchen in 1984. First prize for Tuba Solo Competition at the International Brass Conference Bloomington, Indiana, USA, in 1984.

Solo Performances

Include performances with orchestras such as: Landesjugendorchester Baden-Wuerttemberg, Symphonisches Jugendblasorchester Baden-Wuerttemberg, Symphonieorchester des Collegium Musicum Tuebingen, Collegium Musicum-Orchester of the University of Bonn, World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Rundfunkorchester Leipzig, Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn, Bamberger Symphoniker-Bayerische Staatsphilharmonie, Bayerisches Aerzteorchester, Augsburger Kammersolisten, Symphonieorchester der US-Army, Washington, DC, USA, Luftwaffenmusikkorps 1 Neubiberg, Musikkorps der Bundeswehr Siegburg, Stadtkapelle Bamberg, Musikverein Weilheim, Musikverein Heid, Michael Klostermann und seine Musikanten, Suedwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim.

Chamber music ensembles

Melton Tuba Quartett, Phiharmonic Brass Duesseldorf, Blechblaeserquintett der Bamberger Symphoniker, Bamberg Symphony Big Band, temporary substitute with German Brass, hr brass, Munich Opera Brass, Bach Blech Blues, Westfaelisches Blechblaeserensemble.


given in: Madrid, Tokyo, Hammelburg, Marktoberdorf, Telfs/Tyrol, Suhl/Thueringen, Bloomington/USA

Tutor, soloist, and participiant

at international conferences in: Washington 1983; Bloomington 1984; Austin, Texas 1986; Sapporo 1990; Evanston/Chicago 1995; Riva del Garda 1997; Washington 1999 and 2006. Classes and performances for the Posaunenwerk in der Ev. Kirche v. Westfalen with Landesposaunenwart Werner Benz, Bielefeld, Germany.


of the Deutsches Tubaforum, the International Tuba Euphonium Association and honary member of the Spanish “Asociacion Amigos de la Tuba“

Heiko plays the following instruments:

  • Meinl-Weston/Melton F-Tuba 45K Modell “H. Triebener”
  • B&S F-Tuba “Symphonie” 6 valves, goldbrass
  • Meinl-Weston/Melton Eb-Tuba 2141, 4 pistons + 1 rotary valve
  • B&S CC-Contrabass Tuba Modell PT6, 5 rotary valves, heavy bell
  • Meinl-Weston/Melton BBb-Contrabass Tuba Fafner 195/2 “The Prototype”!
  • Meinl-Weston/Melton Cimbasso in F, 5 rotary valves, 2nd valve trigger
  • Cerveny Helicon in F, 4 rotary valves
  • Couesnon Ophicleide in C, 11 keys, built ca. 1900
  • Christopher Monk Serpent in C, 6 holes, 3 keys, built 1990