Chris Guilfoyle started playing the trombone in 1998 in Cypress, TX. While in Cypress, Chris studied with Byron Clements, Bobby Guess, and Michael Warny. In high school, Chris made first chair in Texas All-State in back-to-back years. In his junior year, Chris auditioned for the only bass trombone position at the Curtis Institute of Music and was accepted.
Chris attended the Curtis Institute of Music from 2004-2008 where he received his Bachelor’s degree. While at Curtis, Chris studied with Blair Bollinger. The Curtis Institute provided Chris the privilege of learning and performing a sizable portion of the orchestral repertoire. This provided the opportunity for him to play under conductors like Sir Simon Rattle, Christoph Eschenbach, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Alan Gilbert.
In 2005, Chris won the International Trombone Festival’s Gilberto Gagliardi competition in its inaugural year.
Chris moved to Dallas once he completed his time in Philadelphia. While in Dallas, Chris began his career as an educator and freelance musician. In Dallas, Chris performed with groups such as the Dallas Symphony, Dallas Chamber Symphony, and the Dallas Wind Symphony. Chris has also performed with the San Antonio Symphony and Brevard Philharmonic. He also took tenor trombone lessons with John Kitzman and performed in many ensembles at Southern Methodist University. It is in Dallas where Chris found his love for teaching.
Chris now lives in Houston, Texas with his wife, Mandy. In Chris’s free time, he enjoys both mountain biking and road cycling.
“The Edwards sound has been a part of me since I was in the eighth grade. When I was starting out my favorite players and teachers played an Edwards. I got my first Getzen for Christmas in 2000 and I’ve been playing Getzen or Edwards ever since.”