Jessica Buzbee

Trombone Faculty

Jessica Buzbee has enjoyed an exciting career as a trombonist and international performing artist. She was the winner of the first prize in the international solo trombone competitions “Concours Branimir Slokar 2000” in Switzerland

and “Lieksa Trombone Competition 1998” in Finland, where she amazed the judges with her beautiful tone and crystal clear articulations. She was also awarded third prize at the “Concorso Internazionale Giovani Concertisti 2000” in Porcia,

Italy. In 2002, Jessica received the Swedish honor “Kristallenden fina” (Crystal Prize) with the following citation: “With engagement and success she has made valuable

achievements in contemporary music. Her artistic personality is characterized by a strong presence and an intense, warm sound; distinctive, like the crystal itself, reflecting warmth, force, luminosity and long resonance.”

 

While attending the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, Jessica studied with international performing artists and trombonists Ingemar Roos and Christian Lindberg. Upon her graduation in 2002, she performed Christopher Rouse’s

Trombone Concerto with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; an accomplishment achieved only once before by any other trombonist in the history of Sweden. After her graduation, Jessica went on to France to study with Michael Bequet and later to Chicago, Illinois to study with Arnold Jacobs, Jay Friedman and Edward Kleinhammer. During her stay in Chicago, she was a member of the Chicago Civic

Orchestra, where she worked with such noted conductors as Pierre Boulez and Daniel Barenboim.

Jessica is a member of the trombone sextet Trombone Unit 2000, a group hand- picked and directed by Christian Lindberg. After the group performed at the 1998 International Trombone Conference in Denton, Texas, the reviewer of the performance wrote: “One of the absolute highlights of the concert was the Carmen Suite featuring Jessica Buzbee. Her alto trombone playing was simply tremendous.” She also performed as a soloist at the 2003 International Trombone

Conference in Helsinki, Finland and the 2010 International Trombone Conference in Austin, Texas.

Jessica’s playing has been recorded on many occasions, including a duet with Christian Lindberg on his CD Christian Lindberg and Friends Play, a duet with Tim Buzbee on his solo CD Buzzed and the low brass orchestral excerpt CD Eruption.

As a member of the orchestra, Jessica has performed with all the major orchestras of Sweden and many others throughout Europe, USA and Australia including the Munich Philharmonic where she also performed George Crumb’s Starchild for Solo

Trombone and Soprano. She has held positions with the Gävle, Malmö and Iceland Symphony Orchestras and the Malmö Opera Orchestra. Jessica is a Thein clinician,

performer and teacher based in Melbourne, Australia.

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