Trombonist Haim Avitsur, who joins the Manhattan School of Music brass faculty beginning in 2016–17, has premiered over 80 new pieces, encompassing a broad range of styles from solo trombone to chamber music and orchestra. Mr. Avitsur is also an adjunct faculty member at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, New York, teaching trombone, euphonium, and tuba students, and from 2008 to 2014 was the trombone professor at the School of Music at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. From 2004 to 2007 he was on the faculty of the University of Virginia and the principal trombonist of the Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra. In 2005 he founded the Summer Trombone Workshop, which has a U.S. residency at Temple University in Philadelphia. In the summers of 2007 and 2008, the Summer Trombone Workshop had a second residency in Taiwan. It had its first winter residency in 2009 at Rowan University in New Jersey.
Mr. Avitsur is a member of the New York Brass Arts Trio, made up of three virtuoso soloists who came together to revolutionize the brass trio repertoire and hailed as the first brass group to play with the sensitivity and musicality of a string quartet. Trumpeter Joe Burgstaller, french hornist David Jolley, and trombonist Haim Avitsur have forged together classical, light classical, and classical/jazz masterworks of all eras and adapted them for this versatile instrumentation. In the 2009–10 and 2010–11 seasons, Haim Avitsur premiered a trombone/shofar concerto composed by Meira Warshauer with orchestras including the USC Symphony Orchestra, the Brevard Philharmonic, the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, and the Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Avitsur is husband to one, father of two, full owner of a lizard, and part owner of a timeshare dog.