George Curran became the bass trombonist of the New York Philharmonic in June 2013 after having served in that role during the previous season. Prior to that, he was a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and a fellow with the New World Symphony. He joins the Manhattan School of Music brass faculty beginning in the fall of 2018.
Mr. Curran has participated in several recent recording projects, starting with a CD by the Atlanta Trombone Project titled Roadwork—an undertaking that led to the formation of the Southeast Trombone Symposium, an annual weeklong summer workshop at Columbus State University (CSU). He was a soloist on the recording A Beautiful Noise, which features prominent trombone soloists performing with the CSU Trombone Choir. In March, Mr. Curran released a full-length solo CD called Vital Signs, with works by Gillingham, Gershwin, Bourgeois, Pierce, and Verhelst. Another CD was released concurrently by members of the Southeast Trombone Symposium. Called Legacy, it features Mr. Curran prominently throughout.
As a soloist, Mr. Curran has premiered several works that were written for him, most importantly his solo CD’s title track, Vital Signs of Planet Earth, by David Gillingham. Mr. Curran premiered it with the Central Michigan University Wind Ensemble and has performed the piece several times since, including in Carnegie Hall. In 2014 and 2016, he was a soloist and judge at the Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival in South Korea. In April 2017, he was a featured soloist and clinician at the prestigious Slide Factory in Rotterdam. Mr. Curran has also performed concertos with bands at the American Trombone Workshop and the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, as well as with many collegiate ensembles.
A native of Farmington Hills, Michigan, George Curran received his Bachelor’s degree in music education on euphonium from Central Michigan University and a Master’s degree in performance on bass trombone from the University of Cincinnati College–Conservatory of Music. His principal teachers have included John Rojak and Peter Norton, and he is an S. E. Shires trombone artist.