Georgia 2021 Artist: Weston Sprott

Weston Sprott is a true Renaissance Man in the trombone world. A world-class performer, he is a member of the trombone section for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York, New York, and has been a featured recitalist and concerto soloist across the United States, South Africa, Europe, and Asia. A distinguished leader and administrator, he is the Dean of the Preparatory Division for the Juilliard School where he leads the Juilliard Pre-College and Music Advancement program. A revered teacher, he is on the faculty of Bard College, many summer music festivals, and presents clinics for the New World Symphony and The Orchestra Now. And as an active speaker, writer, and consultant for diversity and inclusion in classical music, Weston has received awards and honors from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and The Sphinx Organization, among many others.

Weston Sprott playing the first of the “Four Serious Songs” of Johannes Brahms

Weston will be performing Anthony Barfield’s “Red Sky” on the Friday evening Concerto Concert. This is the world-premiere of a new orchestration by the composer for full symphony orchestra (the piece is originally scored for wind ensemble, and recently was arranged into a piano reduction). Additionally, he will present a full solo recital Wednesday of the Festival at 5:30PM. For this performance, Weston tells us,

Mon Coeur s’ouvre a ta voix from Saint-Saens’ Samson and Delilah” will be one of the pieces on my recital. I think it’s one of the most beautiful arias in all of the operatic repertoire, and it lays beautifully on the trombone. For those in our community who don’t know this work, I look forward to introducing them to it!

We are thrilled to feature this top-flight artist for this year’s ITF. Welcome, Weston!