Born: August 22, 1960 | Died: April 27, 2009 Primary Instrument: Trombone
STEVEN WITSER joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Principal Trombone in September 2007. Formerly Assistant Principal Trombone and acting Principal Trombone of The Cleveland Orchestra, Witser also served as the Orchestra's Assistant Personnel Manager. He is a member of the highly acclaimed Center City Brass Quintet.
A native of Oakland, California, Witser received his Bachelor of Music degree and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. He was a prizewinner in the Munich International Solo Competition and won second prize in the Geneva International Competition for Musical Performers.
Steven Witser has served as Principal Trombone with the Music of the Baroque ensemble in Chicago, the Honolulu Symphony, the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, and the Phoenix Symphony. A faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 1993, he has also served on faculty at the Eastman School of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory.
Witser can be heard on his solo CD, Among Friends, and on the High Anxiety Bones Trombone Quartet release, High Anxiety Bones, as well as on the Center City Brass Quintet recordings Brass Quintets, Street Song, On the Town, Kurt Weill: from Berlin to Broadway, and Romantic Music for Brass. As a member of the Center City Brass Quintet, he has served as a guest artist and faculty member for the June Festival of the Music Masters Course in Kazusa, Japan. Witser is a Conn-Selmer Clinician/Artist.
Center City Brass Quintet
Malcolm Arnold, Eugene Bozza, Morley Calvert, Ingolf Dahl, and Victor Ewald
Bartok/Martinu/Janacek: Orchestral Works
Stephen Geber, Bela Bartok, Leos Janacek, Bohuslav Martinu, and Christoph von Dohnányi
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