Frederic Belli was born in Wolfach/Schwarzwald in 1982,and between 1996 and 2002 he attended Karlsruhe University of Music as a junior student under Prof. Werner Schrietter, after which he began his studies atHannover University of Music, Drama and Media underProf. Jonas Bylund, who remains his mentor and friendto this day. In 2004/05 he was a student at RotterdamConservatory under George Wiegel.
Frederic Belli has won a number of awards and prizes atnational and international competitions. These includethe International Music Competition Prague Spring, theJan Koetsier Competition (Munich), the International Brass Competition in Gdansk, the Felix MendelssohnBartholdy Competition in Berlin and the Christian Lindberg Competition in Valencia. In March 2007 hebecame the first trombonist ever to win the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb in the competition's 30 year history; inautumn 2007 he was awarded second prize in therenowned ARD International Music Competition and theBrüder-Busch-Sonderpreis. He also has a scholarshipfrom the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.
A member of both the Trio Belli-Fischer-Rimmer and thetrombone ensemble Trombone Unit Hannover, Frederic Belli is also a stipendiary of the Deutsche Musikrat and,along with both ensembles, is part of theBundesauswahl Konzerte junger Künstler. This grantallows the ensembles and Belli himself to pursue anactive concert schedule in Germany and abroad.
Still in the early stages of his career, he has alreadygiven solo concerts with various orchestras such as theSymphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, theRundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, theNationaltheaterorchester Mannheim and the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover. He has played alongsideProf. Reinhold Friedrich in the brass ensemble of theLucerne Festival Orchestra, performed Jan Sandström'sA Motorbike Concerto with the Philharmonisches Orchester Hagen and appeared as guest soloist at theDonaueschinger Musiktagen. He appeared together withProf. Jonas Bylund, Prof. Stefan Schulz and thetrombonist and composer Mike Svoboda as theTrombone Quartet at the Kissinger Winterzauber. Thegreatest moment so far: a performance of LucianoBerio's SOLO for trombone and orchestra with the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg at theMaerzMusik Festival in the Berlin Philharmonie underSylvain Cambreling in March 2009.
In spring 2010, Frederic Belli toured with the MahlerChamber Orchestra under Daniel Harding. The sameyear, he accepted an invitation by the Goethe Institute toplay in Pristina at the ReMusica Festival of New Musicwhere he gave a solo recital as well as performing as asoloist with the Kosovo Philharmonic Orchestra.
After a joint performance with the trumpeter GaborBoldoczki at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommernthis summer, and several concerts with the tromboneensemble Trombone Unit Hanover, he was on tour againin the autumn as a soloist with the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg. HelmutLachenmann's NUN for flute, trombone, orchestra andmale voices was performed at the festival WIEN MODERN and the Festival d´Automne in Paris.
Since winning the Christian Lindberg Competition, Frederic Belli has had close creative ties to probably thegreatest trombonists of all time. In December 2007 heperformed the Concertino by Ferdinand David with theNordic Chamber Orchestra and in spring 2008 he gavethe first performance of the Trombone Concerto byFerrer Ferran with the Swedish Wind Ensemble – bothconcerts conducted by Maestro Christian Lindberg. Theythen both performed as soloists with theStaatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz in September 2009. On Christian Lindberg's recommendation, he appearedat the Festival VIRTUOSI XIII in Recife, Brazil inDecember 2010, performing the premiere of Requiempara um Trombone by the Brazilian composer Eli-Eri Moura, written in memory of the trombonist RadegundisFeitosa who died last year.
In January 2011, Frederic Belli's first solo CD wasreleased on the Genuin label in the German MusicCouncil's Deutsche Musikrat's "Primavera" series. Onthis, he plays works by Luciano Berio, Frank Martin, George Delerue, Folke Rabe and Nino Rota with theSWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Sylvain Cambreling, Trombone Unit Hannover and thepianist Eriko Takezawa.
In March 2011, he was winning the Deutsche MusikWettbewerb with Trombone Unit Hannover. In May of thesame year he went to perform at the ReMusica Festival in Prishtina again. This time with the Trio Belli-Fscher-Rimmer. In that year he was also invited for the first timeto play with the Lucern Festival Orchestra under Claudio Abbado. At the end of 2011 he played three highlyacclaimend concerts with Trombone Unit Hannover atthe Virtuosi Festival Recife in Brazil. One of themtogether with trombone legend Christian Lindberg.
His first CD with Trombone Unit Hannover "Full Power" was released in January 2013 on Genuin Records.
Frederic Belli became solo trombonist with the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg in 2006.