Blair Bollinger

Bass Trombone / Performance

A 1986 Curtis graduate, Blair Bollinger joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1997, and also serves on the faculty of the Juilliard School in New York and Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance.

Blair is the bass trombone of the Philadelphia Orchestra, which he joined in 1986. He has made solo appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, and National Symphony of Taiwan, as well as at many international and domestic trombone conferences.

Mr. Bollinger has given recitals and master classes in Brazil, Chile, China, Holland, Israel, Japan, Poland, Taiwan, and throughout the United States. His recordings include a solo CD (Fancy Free), two discs with Four of a Kind trombone quartet, and a disc with the Canadian Brass. His trombone is the Bollinger Model bass trombone by the S.E. Shires Company of Hopedale, MA; a trombone he helped design.

What advice do you always give your students?

Take a big breath and show them what you can do!

How did your journey with music and/or teaching begin?

I enrolled at Curtis in September 1981, graduated in 1986, joined the Philadelphia Orchestra immediately after graduating and joined the Curtis Faculty in 1995. I always say, 'I never got far; just a few blocks down the street.'

What do you think is special about Curtis?

As the student body is so small there is extensive interaction between faculty and students.