Sebastian Vera

Trombone Artist

Sebastian Vera

Sebastian Vera

Principal Trombonist, Pittsburgh Opera

Instrument Specs

  • Model: T350-E
  • Bell: 324CF
  • Slide: T-BCN
  • Tuning Slide: Yellow Dual Radius
  • Leadpipe: T2 Silver

Artist Comments

"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.

Latest Blog Post

David Taylor’s Winter News

David Taylor has a few things happening this winter. First, he and his Calithumpians (Ron Stabinsky, Moppa Elliot, and Kevin Shea) will be at Roulette on December 7. This concert is presented by Interpretations and will include Dave’s Big Stories for a Small Group. Roulette is at 509 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. There are musicians in this […] more ››

In Their Own Words

Stephen Lange

"Great instruments are the result of their maker's purpose, understanding of their craft, and honest relationships with their clientele. Through blood, sweat, and ears, the folks at Edwards Instruments embody this philosophy, and helped build my beloved instrument. Unlike other trombones, the Edwards T350-HB allows for timbral and color shifts throughout the dynamic range, while having a security and ease of production in all registers - found in no other I've ever played. Whether playing second trombone in the Boston Symphony or first trombone of the Boston Pops, it's hard to imagine an instrument that is as versatile as this one."

Stephen Lange
Second Trombonist, Boston Symphony Orchestra