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Trombonist Ian Bousfield to perform at CU-Boulder Jan. 22

January 14, 2014

Trombonist Ian Bousfield at CU-Boulder Jan. 22

Trombonist Ian Bousfield.

Ian Bousfield, one of the world’s top trombonists, will perform at the CU-Boulder College of Music Jan. 22 as part of a three-day residency through the James and Rebecca Roser Visiting Artist Program. 

“Ian Bousfield is simply one of the most remarkable trombonists in the world,” says William J. Stanley, associate professor of trombone and chair of the brass/percussion department at CU-Boulder. “We are honored to have him.” 

In 1979, when he was just 15, Bousfield won the prestigious Shell London Symphony Orchestra scholarship and he joined the European Youth Orchestra at 16 

He later enjoyed a 12-year career with the London Symphony Orchestra, where he was a featured soloist and recorded soundtracks to numerous films, including “Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace” and “Braveheart.” In 2000, he became principal trombone of the Vienna Philharmonic/Vienna State Opera, still the only British member in the orchestra’s history.

As a soloist, Bousfield also has performed with the London Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Halle Orchestra, Sapporo Symphony and Austin Symphony. Highlights of his solo career include performing the Nina Rota Concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic and Riccardo Muti three times in Vienna, as well as in The Lucerne Festival and in Tokyo, and giving the world premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Stargazer, written for and dedicated to him, with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Bousfield is currently professor of trombone at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern, Switzerland, holds an honorary membership with the Royal Academy of Music in London and is International Fellow of Brass at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

The program for the Jan. 22 concert, with accompaniment by Margaret McDonald on piano, will include: Grondahl — Concerto; Hindemith — Trauermusik; Starr — Panic and Irony (unaccompanied); Korngold — Tanzlied des Pierrots and Marietta's Lied; Peaslee — Arrows of Time; and Pryor — Petite Suzanne, O Dry Those Tears and Blue Bells of Scotland.


­­­­Ian Bousfield, trombone

When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22

Where: Grusin Music Hall, Imig Music building, CU-Boulder campus

Tickets: Free and open to the public

Information: or 303-492-5469