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Joseph Alessi

College Division

College Division: 

  • Trombone

Pre-College Division

Pre-College Division: 

  • Trombone

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Born in Detroit, MI

Principal trombonist, New York Philharmonic, since 1985; also served as second trombonist of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Montreal Symphony. Made his solo debut with the N.Y. Philharmonic in April 1990, performing Creston's Fantasy for Trombone; in 1992 premiered Christopher Rouse's Pulitzer Prize-winning Trombone Concerto, also with the N.Y. Philharmonic. Has appeared as guest soloist with the Lincoln Symphony; National Repertory Orchestra; Colorado Symphony Orchestra; Syracuse Symphony; Santa Barbara Symphony; New Japan Philharmonic; Orchestra of Teatro Bellini in Catania, Sicily; Mannheim National Theater Orchestra; National Symphony of Taiwan; Puerto Rico Symphony; and the Hauge Philharmonic. Soloist for the 2000 Grammy Award-winning recording of George Crumb's Starchild on the Bridge label; other recordings on the Cala and Summit labels. Recipient of 2002 International Trombone Association Award, given to an individual who has greatly influenced the field of trombone.

Degrees and Studies

Curtis Institute, 1977-80.

The Juilliard School

Faculty since 1986; Pre-College since 2007.