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Blair Bollinger
Musical Director

Blair Bollinger is the Bass Trombonist of the Philadelphia Orchestra where his chair is
endowed by Dr. Bong and Mi-Wha Lee. He joined the Orchestra in 1986 at the invitation of
Music Director Riccardo Muti and enjoys the full Orchestra schedule of more than 160 concerts
each year along with many recordings and international tours, spanning the tenures of Muti,
Wolfgang Sawallisch, Christoph Eschenbach and Charles Dutoit. As a soloist, Mr. Bollinger has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, National Symphony of Taiwan and others. He has performed recitals and given master classes in Brazil, Chile, China, Holland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Poland,
Taiwan and throughout the United States. As a student he won the 1986 Philadelphia
Orchestra Greenfield Competition and remains the only trombonist to win this
competition since it began in 1934 as well as the only bass trombone soloist ever with the
Philadelphia Orchestra. In March 2007 he performed the World Premiere of a Bass
Trombone Concerto written for him by Philadelphia composer Jay Krush with the US
Army Orchestra at the Eastern Trombone Workshop. His trombone is the Bollinger Model bass
trombone by the S.E. Shires Company of Hopedale, MA; a trombone Mr. Bollinger helped
design. His recordings include a solo disc, “Fancy Free”, for d’Note Records, hailed by
American Record Guide as “The recording I’ve been waiting for ... an amazing display of
Bollinger’s virtuoso skills.” Other recordings are 2 discs with his trombone quartet "Four
of a Kind" and a Gabrieli disc with the Canadian Brass. With “Four of a Kind”, Mr.
Bollinger has toured Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the U.S. An active arranger, his arrangements of
music for various string and brass ensembles are published by Alphonse Leduc in Paris,
Ensemble Publications in New York and Southern Music in Texas. Mr. Bollinger is the founding Music Director of the Bar Harbor Brass Week in Maine where he conducts, performs and teaches each summer. He is a frequent guest conductor with the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, the Delaware County Symphony, the Atlantic Brass Band and other orchestras in the Philadelphia area. A 1986 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, he studied with Charles Vernon and Glenn Dodson. Mr. Bollinger is now on faculty at Curtis and Temple University. In addition to teaching lessons, he also conducts many classes and sectional rehearsals at Curtis, Temple and the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. He has spent recent summers performing and teaching in the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming, Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina, Aspen
Music Festival in Colorado, Vail Music Festival in Colorado, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
and Luzerne Music Center in New York, Bar Harbor Brass Week in Maine and the Lindenbaum
Music Festival in Seoul, Korea. Mr. Bollinger is also very active in backstage administration work at Curtis and the Philadelphia Orchestra. At the Orchestra he has negotiated union contracts, served on marketing
and education committees and chaired the committee which selected Music Director Yannick
Nézet-Séguin. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees at Curtis and has served on many
Faculty and Board committees.

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