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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Edwards is proud to be a sponsor of the 2018 Georgia Trombone Summit, which will take place at the University of Georgia on May 23 – 26. This four-day event, hosted by Josh Bynum, will feature a stellar cast of musicians, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra trombone section (Toby Oft, Stephen Lange, and James Markey), Marshall […] more ››
In Their Own Words
I think the key word about the Edwards T396-A is flexibility. I ask this horn to do a lot of different things, and it obliges me consistently. I think it gets me closer to the sound in my head than any other horn I have played. It has an even response and a singing sound in all registers, at all dynamics. When I play the high parts with the Trombones of the Saint Louis Symphony, the horn responds easily and doesn't feel stuffy. For solo work, the T396-A lets me get lots of different colors. In the orchestra, the horn is blending when I need it to be, and focused and projecting when the trombone sound needs to be prominent. The fine-tuning afforded by the Harmonic Bridge makes this horn truly customized to me. I've never played a better horn.
Principal Trombonist, St. Louis Symphony