Brian Wendel joined the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as Principal Trombone in 2017. Winner of the Online Trombone Competition (2020), Alessi Seminar Asia Competition (2018) and two International Trombone Association competitions (2014 and 2016), Brian has performed with the Seattle Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the New York Philharmonic Brass Ensemble and has appeared as a soloist with the Vancouver and Prince George Symphonies as well as the Juilliard Trombone Choir. He has worked with conductors Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Valery Gergiev, Bramwell Tovey, Esa-Pekka Salonen, David Robertson, Alan Gilbert, and Jaap Van Zweden, among others, performing and recording in venues around the world. Brian received his bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School, where he was a scholarship student of Joseph Alessi.
Brian has performed as a solo recitalist and worked with students at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Alessi Seminar Asia, and University of British Columbia (UBC) School of Music, to name a few. In 2019 Brian was appointed as Adjunct Professor of Trombone at UBC, and has since also been an Associate Instructor for the Alessi Seminar Asia. Brian’s debut solo album, “This is Home”, releases on June 18, 2021, and features music representing his ‘musical home’. Stay tuned for upcoming single releases on May 7 and 28!