Jarrett Butler

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Born 1968 in Mansfield near Nottingham, England, he started to play the trombone in his local Brass Band at the age of 12. He was a member of various local bands, the NYO Orchestra and Wind Orchestra for several years. At the age of 18 he continued his education at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester (1988 – 1992) and won several prizes. Subsequently he gained the conservatoires highest degree, the Gmus RNCM (Hons). His teachers included Peter Gane, Andrew Berryman, Christopher Houlding and many visiting professors including Dudley Bright, Ian Bousfield, Eric Crees, Christian Lindberg and Denis Wick.

He has worked and trialed with many of the leading British Orchestras including the Halle Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Opera North, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and the Warsaw Sinfonia of Poland. He also held the position of Solo Trombone with the Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band from 1991 to 1993.

In 1993 he won the audition for Principal Trombone of the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra (São Carlos Opera House, Lisbon, Portugal). He is regularly invited to play Guest Principal Trombone with the Gulbenkian Orchestra with whom he has recorded and toured, the Porto Symphony Orchestra (Casa da Música) and is a founder member of The Portuguese Trombone Ensemble, The Portuguese Brass Ensemble and The Lisbon Trombone Quartet.

In 2008 he formed Portugal´s first ever Brass Band – The Symphonic Brass of Portugal and continues to be its Artistic Director.

He is currently Professor of Trombone and Chamber Music at the University of Aveiro and was until 2012 Professor of Euphonium and Chamber Music at the University of Évora. He was also Professor of Orchestral Studies and Chamber Music at the Superior Academy of Orchestral Studies (Metropolitana de Lisboa).

He regularly gives master classes in Europe and South America on Solo/Orchestral and Chamber playing and seminars from beginner to advanced levels.

He is a member of the Lisbon Brass and plays on Conn 8H and 88H Elkhart Trombones.