Miguel Rivera is a member of the Puerto Rico Symphony and The Casals Festival Orchestras. Mr. Rivera is an Artist and Clinician for the Edwards Instruments Company since 1999 and maintains a busy schedule performing solo recitals, masterclasses and chamber concerts throughout many countries. He began his musical training at the Escuela Libre de Música de San Juan studying trombone with Antonio Salcedo. In 1981 he attended the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina where he won the Concerto Competition and was featured as soloist with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra playing the Gordon Jacob Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra. Mr. Rivera continued his musical training at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he received his BM and MM with Keith Brown, M. Dee Stewart and Lewis Van Haney. At Indiana, he was awarded the Performer Certificate (Highest Instrumental Award) by unanimous decision and later was admitted by Janos Starker in the prestigious Artist Diploma program. During those summers he attended Master Classes and Seminars with Christian Lindberg and Michael Bequet. Mr. Rivera has also studied privately with Joseph Alessi and attended his seminars as a participant.
In 1995 he made his solo debut with the Puerto Rico Symphony premiering for the first time in Puerto Rico the Creston’s Fantasy for Trombone and Orchestra and obtained great reviews by the local press. Throughout his career, he has been invited to perform with Symphony Orchestras like The Naples Philharmonic and The San Diego Symphony Orchestras among many others. Miguel Rivera has played numerous performances in many countries including The United States, Canada, Japan, South Corea, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Venezuela, Curazao, The Dominican Republic, The US Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, France, Colombia, and Italy. He has played under the baton of such luminaries as Leonard Bernstein, Michael Tilson Thomas, Christopher Essenbach, Frubeck De Burgos, Eduardo Mata, Luis Antonio Garcia Navarro, Stanislav Skrovachevsky, Valerie Gergiev, among many others. He is a founding member of the New World Symphony Orchestra of Miami where he played under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas (1988-89). In 1989 he was appointed Principal Trombonist of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra in Spain where he performed as soloist on several occasions, including Paul Creston’s Fantasy for Trombone and Orchestra and Frank Martin’s Concerto for Wind Instruments. Those performances were featured on national radio broadcasts.
Mr. Rivera has also collaborated with such orchestras as The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, The Bloomington Symphony, Orquesta Nacional de Costa Rica, The Gran Teatro del Liceo Orchestra and The Orquesta del Teatro Libre. In 2005, he was a winner of the Puerto Rico Symphony Instrumental Competition and tour with the Puerto Rico Symphony playing the David Concertino for Trombone and Orchestra. Mr. Rivera performed the premiere of the Michael Haydn Concerto for alto trombone and horn in Puerto Rico in 2010. Mr. Rivera has collaborated in hundreds of recordings and has been a recipient of Grammys in such collaborations with such greats artists as Ricky Martin and Marc Anthony. He has also recorded with Placido Domingo, José Carreras, Montserrat Caballé, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Lucecita, Cheyenne, among others.
Miguel Rivera currently teaches trombone at The Antonio Paoli Music School and The Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music.