Kelton Koch

Second Trombonist, Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera

Kelton Koch, from Lake Jackson, TX, is the Second Trombonist in the Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera. Prior to this appointment, he was a member of the Zurich Opera Academy (2017-18) and a fellow of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach (2014-17). He has been recognized in many national and international solo competitions, most notably winning a “Special Prize” at the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition in St. Petersburg (2019). He has performed as guest principal trombonist with the London Symphony Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, London Philharmonia, and Sinfonie-Orchester Basel. He has also played with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, and with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.

As a teacher interested in pedagogy, he has given masterclasses in the United States, Colombia, Switzerland, Austria, and China. He is the son of a high school band director and began piano lessons at age six and trombone when he was eleven. He has a Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance, Mathematics, and a minor in Economics from Northwestern University, where he studied primarily with Michael Mulcahy. He also completed a Specialized Master’s in Solo Performance with Ian Bousfield at the Hochschule der Künste Bern. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, chess, and jazz.

 

“I’ve played the same T-350 Edwards Trombone and Griego Mouthpiece for the last 15 years. After any short experiments with other equipment, I always ‘come back home’ to my same set-up. Edwards makes incredibly consistent, reliable, and well-constructed trombones, and I feel like my voice really comes through my instrument. Having played in many countries and sections all over the world, I’m confident that my Edwards can fit into any section and that the sound of the instrument is universally appreciated. Lastly, I’m happy to play on an instrument that is 100% designed, manufactured, and assembled in the USA.”

Kelton Koch