Allen Meek

Principal Trombonist, Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Currently one of Asia’s most sought after trombone artists and brass clinicians, Allen Meek joined the Singapore Symphony Orchestra as Section Principal Trombone at 24 years of age. He has also served as guest Section Principal Trombone with the Malaysian Philharmonic, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, and Macau Symphony among others.

Prior to joining the SSO, Meek served as Assistant Principal Trombone of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and Second Trombone of the Boston Pops Orchestra. He was also a member of the award-winning Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) and acted as a substitute player for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Meek received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where he studied under principal teachers Norman Bolter and Chester Schmitz of the Boston Symphony. He has also studied in the Washington, D.C. area with John Huling of the National Symphony and Chris Matten of the United States Air Force Band. For several years while at the New England Conservatory, Meek was a member of the Honors Brass Quintet, a scholarship quintet which is accorded the highest honour at the New England Conservatory.

A committed educator, Meek has been an Artist Faculty of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore since 2003, and has given solo recitals and master classes throughout the world. Meek has worked personally and closely with contemporary composers such as Elliott Carter, Toru Takemitsu, Michael Colgrass, and John Harbison, and in 2008 made his solo debut with the Singapore Symphony performing the Asian premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Trombone Concerto by American composer Christopher Rouse.

Meek can be heard on the Sony label with John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra, on the Centaur label as soloist with Frank Battisti and the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, and on the BIS label with Lan Shui and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

Meek is originally from Fairfax, Virginia, USA, and enjoys scuba diving and underwater photography in his spare time.