Principal Trombonist, Pittsburgh Opera
- Model: T350-E
- Bell: 324CF
- Slide: T-BCN
- Tuning Slide: Yellow Dual Radius
- Leadpipe: T2 Silver
"Personally, I want a trombone that doesn't get in the way and allows me to be me. With my Edwards, I can create whatever sound or color I need on a given day. In the opera, it allows me to be strong but nimble while in chamber settings giving the ability to execute virtuostic passages musically without sounding labored."
Sebastian Vera became the new Principal Trombone of the Pittsburgh Opera in the fall of 2010. He is also a founding member of the Guidonian Hand trombone quartet represented by Ariel Artists.
A native of Texas, Sebastian began playing the trombone at the age of 11. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Methodist University where he studied with John Kitzman of the Dallas Symphony and Masters and Professional Studies degrees at the Mannes College of Music studying with David Finlayson and James Markey of the New York Philharmonic.
In 2009, Sebastian was honored to be asked to play alongside the New York Philharmonic trombone section as well as members of the Metropolitan Opera to record two pieces for James Markey’s recent solo release, “On Base”.
As an avid soloist and chamber musician, he is passionate about creating original performance experiences incorporating multiple art forms such as dance, multimedia, lighting and spoken word.
Mr. Vera has performed with the Dallas Symphony, Akron Symphony, Axiom Ensemble, Huntsville Symphony and Canton Symphony, amongst others. He has attended such summer programs as the National Orchestral Institute, Summer Trombone Workshop and Brevard Music Center.
Away from the trombone Sebastian most enjoys basketball, traveling and psychology.
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"I'm impressed with the quality of the Edwards products, and by the consistency of tone through the different registers that seems to be a hallmark of their trombones. The modular concept allows you to customize a horn to your specific needs, and their consistency of intonation and response makes it easy to change to another of their horns for another musical genre. These horns hold up to the loudest playing, and speak easily in the softest applications."
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