The 2018 Festival is shaping up to be an incredible program of international artists, spanning all genres.  The return of many ITF favorites, plus lots of new faces and exciting initiatives are in the works for the University of Iowa.  Keep checking back, as we add artists, presenters, vendors, ensembles, and other program highlights to our website!

Confirmed Artists for the 2018 ITF

Even though the Redlands just wrapped a few months ago, and Iowa is still a ways out, festival organizers – Hosts, Jonathan Allen and David Gier, Director Karen Marston, and Manager Justin Cook – have been hard at work, finding innovative, creative, and exciting trombone artists for the 2018 program!  We will continue to add to this roster throughout the coming months, but are excited to give you a sneak peak into what’s in store for 2018!

First up is Peter Moore, a British phenom who has been playing with the London Symphony since 2014.  He’s only 21 years old, so you can do the math…Peter is the youngest musician ever appointed to the London Symphony, and in 2008, he was also the youngest musician ever to win the exclusive BBC Young Musician of the Year. Moore also made a splash at the Black Dyke Festival in 2017:

His sumptuous rendition of Langford’s ‘Rhapsody for Trombone’ was met by the collective sound of audience jaws dropping to floor in stunned admiration.

Catch Peter in the US next summer at the ITF!

Peter Moore 18 credit Kaupo Kikkas

Next up is Grammy-nominated American jazz trombonist, Marshall Gilkes, who is well-known for stylistic versality, having performed with the likes of Maria Schneider, Wynton Marsalis, Barbara Streisand, and the German WDR Big Band, which he fronts on the recent release, Köln.  

Bill Milkowski of JazzTimes has called Gilkes “compelling, harmonically intriguing and ferociously swinging,” while bandleader Maria Schneider refers to him as “one of those musicians who continually just drops my jaw and leaves me shaking my head in disbelief.”

Marshall Gilkes

Also joining the program are Houston-based trombonist, Thomas Hulten, well-known in the Bayou City as a premiere classical and jazz trombonist, and Miami-based rising star, Javier Nero.

Star Wars fans, look out for an exiting master class from Jim Nova, trombonist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, who has recently released his recording “A Fall from Light to Dark,” featuring ALL-TROMBONE arrangements of classicaStar Wars soundtracks!  What’s even more exciting is that Jim played all the parts!  Learn how he did it at the ITF!


Long-time ITF friend and bass trombonist Denson Paul Pollard will also be featured at ITF 2018.  Pollard was recently appointed to the faculty at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, following his ten year career with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York.


The symphonic perspective is also covered with the low brass section of the Minnesota Orchestra.  Principal trombonist Douglas Wright, also a faculty member at Northwestern University, will be joined by Kari Sundstrom and Andrew Chappell, as well as tubist Steven Campbell.


Innovative chamber music programming will be at the forefront with Switzerland’s Slide Sticks Trio, an innovative, genre-bending mix of classical and jazz.  Bass trombonist Domenico Catalano will perform with percussionists Lukas Rechsteiner and Jonathan Salvi.

Slide sticks

Be sure to catch Zoltan Kiss and the Hungarian Trombone Connection,

Zoltan Kiss

an ensemble founded on the mission of promoting the “Hungarian trombone playing style around the world.”  Trombinists Róbert Káip, Ákos Galla, Csaba Wagner, Péter Pálinkás, András Sütő, Matyas Veer, Zsolt Szabo, and Zoltan Kiss are a professional octet committed to new music and groundbreaking recordings.

hungarian trombone connection

Káip, Galla, Pálinkás, and Sütő will also appear as the Corpus Quartet, winners of the Artisjus Prize, the 11th International Brass Competition, the Special Prize of Hungarian Stars, and the Jan Koetsier Trombone Quartet Competition.

corpus quartet

Get ready for some ground breaking recitals from our many featured soloists, including Natalie Mannix, Assistant Professor of Trombone at the University of North Texas, Colin Williams, Associate Principal Trombonist in the New York Philharmonic, Hungarian György Gyivicsán, Brazilian Jose Milton Vieira, Solo-trombone in the Orquestra Sinfônica de Porto Alegre and Professor at the Conservatório Pablo Komlós, Brian Hecht of the Atlanta Symphony, and Josh Bynum, Associate Professor of Trombone at the University of Georgia.


Also on the program is the Southeast Trombone Symposium Professors Choir, a group founded and lead by Brad Palmer, Professor of Trombone and Coordinator of Brass Studies at Colmbus State University (and former Festival Host), comprised of outstanding teaching artists from universities across the Southern United States.

STS Professor CHoir

And, we are excited to bring Chris Davis, Lecturer of Trombone at Northwestern University and former bass trombone fellow with the New World Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, on board to conduct the renowned Cramer Choir, an ensemble organized to honor the late great trombone pedagogue William Cramer, and which brings together a diverse group of university professors from across the US to rehearse and perform a dynamic program at the ITF.

chris davis

We can’t wait to bring these artists and more to the ITF stage next summer!

See you in Iowa!