Darrin C. Milling

Bass Trombone Solo Artist

Bass trombonist Darrin Coleman Milling has premiered five solo concertos along with a dozen unaccompanied and chamber works written for him throughout his career. He’s been a featured solo artist of the DePaul Chamber Orchestra (USA), McGill Wind Orchestra (Canada), Symphony Orchestra of the University of São Paulo (Brazil), São Paulo State Youth Symphonic Band (Brazil), and, in 2023, will perform as soloist with The Philharmonic Orchestra of Goias (Brazil), National Orchestra of Brazil and the Greater Miami Youth Orchestra (USA).

Darrin celebrates 25 years of residency and musical activities in Brazil as an expat from Baltimore, Maryland, where he grew up attending Peabody Conservatory’s Preparatory School and Baltimore School for the Arts. During his teenage years, he was the youngest musician appointed to the Chesapeake Brass Quintet, Louis Hamlin Baltimore Big Band, a semi-finalist in the audition for Baltimore Symphony’s temporary bass trombone position, a prize winner for Baltimore Symphony’s youth solo competition, and had his first international tour experience in Asia, at age 13, with the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra.

Milling earned his Bachelor’s Degree from The Curtis Institute of Music and did post-graduate studies at Temple University in Philadelphia. He held bass trombone positions in the Pennsylvania Opera Theater Orchestra, the former Bridgeton Symphony (New Jersey), Naples Philharmonic (Florida), performed as a guest musician on many occasions with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and participated in concerts with the San Francisco Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony (Israel), Tenerife Symphony (Spain), National Orchestra of Ecuador and the Municipal Theater Orchestra of São Paulo.

He has recorded with renowned ensembles for record labels Argo, BIS, BMG, Chandos, and Decca, appeared on Maryland Public Television with Baltimore Symphony, and a European Television promotional with The Philadelphia Orchestra. His chamber and solo performances have been broadcasted on a variety of programs throughout South America, Europe, and China.

As a chamber artist, he’s engaged with up to 16 collaborations around the world and has presented masterclasses at Tanglewood Music Center, New England Conservatory, Indiana University, Mahidol University’s School of Music (Thailand), The British International School in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Singapore), Mannes School of Music and Manhattan School of Music, to name a few.

At present, he is on the Artistic Advisory Board of Luzerne Music Center (Lake Luzerne, NY) and is represented by artistic manager Leticia Yoshiko Shiozaki Parede (contact.milling@gmail.com).

Photo by Erica Bicudo

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Darrin C. Milling