Joseph Alessi was appointed Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic in the spring of 1985. He began musical studies in his native California with his father, Joseph Alessi, Sr. As a high school student in San Rafael, California, and was a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony before continuing his musical training at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music. Prior to joining the Philharmonic, Mr. Alessi was second trombone of The Philadelphia Orchestra for four seasons, and principal trombone of L’Orchestre symphonique de Montreal for one season. In addition, he has performed as guest principal trombonist with the London Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall led by Pierre Boulez.
Mr. Alessi is an active soloist, recitalist, and chamber music performer. In April 1990 he made his solo debut with the New York Philharmonic, performing Creston’s Fantasy for Trombone, and in 1992 premiered Christopher Rouse’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Trombone Concerto with the Philharmonic, which commissioned the work for its 150th anniversary celebration. His most recent appearance with the Philharmonic as soloist was in world premiere performances of Melinda Wagner’s Trombone Concerto in February of 2007.
Mr. Alessi has been a guest soloist with the Lincoln Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Santa Barbara Symphony, South Dakota Symphony, New Japan Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, Orchestra of Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, Sicily, Mannheim National Theater Orchestra, National Symphony of Taiwan, Puerto Rico Symphony, Hague Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, and the Hartford Symphony. Mr. Alessi has also participated in numerous festivals, including the Festivale Musica di Camera in Protogruaro, Italy; Cabrillo Music Festival; Swiss Brass Week; and Lieksa Brass Week in Finland. He was featured in the 1997 International Trombone Festival in Feldkirch, Austria, and the International Meeting of Brass Instruments in Lille, France. He is a founding member of the Summit Brass ensemble at the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute in Tempe, Arizona. In 2002 Mr. Alessi was awarded an International Trombone Association Award for his contributions to the world of trombone music and trombone playing.
Mr. Alessi is currently on the faculty of The Juilliard School; his students now occupy posts with many major symphony orchestras in the U.S. and internationally. As a clinician for the Edwards Instrument Co., he has also given master classes throughout the world and has toured Europe extensively as a master teacher and recitalist. He has performed as soloist with several leading concert bands, including the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point, U.S. Army Band (Pershing’s Own), and the U.S. Marine Band (President’s Own).
Mr. Alessi’s discography includes many releases on the Summit record label, including the recent Trombonastics, and a disc with New York Philharmonic Principal Trumpet Philip Smith entitled Fandango; he also recorded New York Legends on the Cala label. His live recording of the Rouse Concerto with the New York Philharmonic can be heard on Volume II of the recent release, An American Celebration, on New York Philharmonic Special Editions, the Orchestra’s own recording label. Three new recordings are scheduled for release in 2007: Return to Sorrento, on the Naxos record label, and two recordings on the Summit record label that feature Mr. Alessi with Columbus State University Wind Ensemble and the Imperial Brass Band. In addition, conductor/composer Bramwell Tovey recently recorded a piece written especially for Mr. Alessi, entitled Urban Cabaret with Mr. Alessi as soloist.
Mr. Alessi was invited by the International Trombone Association to record a solo disc of newly composed works, which was distributed to the Association’s membership of 5,000 trombonists in early 1999 and is now available as Beyond the End of the Century through Summit Records. Recently, his recording of George Crumb’s Starchild on the Bridge record label, featuring Mr. Alessi as soloist, won a Grammy Award for 1999–2000. Other recordings featuring Mr. Alessi are with the Canadian Brass (Sony Classical and Philips Records).
On December 1, 2015 Mr. Alessi launched www.alessimusicstudios.com an educational website aimed at helping trombonists, both students and professionals alike, in their preparation of orchestral excerpts. The site contains video tutorials on trombone performance, comments and annotated parts for the major trombone excerpts and the Orchestra “Machine”, the ultimate virtual symphonic orchestra to accompany trombonists in practicing excerpts.
Further information about Mr. Alessi can be found on his website, www.slidearea.com.
FIRST TROMBONE – NDR SINFONIE ORCHESTER OF HAMBURG
Simone Candotto was born in Palmanova (UD) in 1969 and began his musical studies at the age of 9 with the “G. Rossini” Youth Band of Castions di Strada (UD) and in 1979 started taking lessons on trombone. From 1981 to 1987 he studied at the “J. Tomadini” Conservatory of Udine with Giuseppe Bonomo and Giovanni Caratti. In 1987 he received his diploma with highest honors.
From 1988 to 1997 he frequented several German musical institutes: Musikhochschule Trossingen and the Musikhochschule Freiburg with Branimir Slokar and the Musikhochschule Hannover with Jonas Bylund. In that same period he also studied with Arnold Jacobs in Chicago. While studying in Germany, he performed with various youth orchestras such as the Junge Deutsche Philharmie, Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival Orchester, the European Youth Orchestra, the Festival Orchestra of Aix-en-Provence and the Festival Orchestra of Lucerne.
From 1993 to 1997 he was a member of the Kassel Theatre Orchestra and since 1997 he is the First Trombonist with the NDR Sinfonie Orchester of Hamburg. He has been invited to perform with the following orchestras: the Gran Teatro “La Fenice” of Venice, the Chamber Orchestra of Padua and Veneto, the “A. Toscanini” Orchestra of Parma, the RAI Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian State Opera, the Opera Orchestra of Hamburg, the Modern Ensemble of Frankfurt and the Berlin Philharmonic. Simone has been a finalist in several international trombone competitions including the IPV of Berlin, the Concorso Città di Porcia and the Primavera of Prague in 1997 where he received a special prize for his performance of the obligatory composition of contemporary music from the Czech Republic. In the 1996 he won the first prize at the International Competition for Brass in Danzica. Simone has taught trombone in Italy, Switzerland, Japan, Brazil and Argentina.