Trombonist Brian Santero, hailing from the Hudson Valley region, is now in his third season with the New York City Ballet Orchestra as Principal Trombone. Previously, Brian held the same position with the San Antonio Symphony for a subsequent season in 2014 after joining the symphony as Associate Principal/2nd Trombone in 2013.

Frequently exploring the creativity of the trombone outside of the orchestra, Brian has performed solo recitals, given master classes, and collaborated on both contemporary and traditional chamber music performances. Recently, he helped found the Lincoln Center Trombones, a group dedicated to the advancement of the role of the trombone in the arts. As a competitor in international solo competitions, Brian won the grand prize of the Steven Zellmer Minnesota Orchestra Competition and the Lewis Van Haney Philharmonic Prize Tenor Trombone Competition in 2013. Earlier In 2011, he was the grand prize winner of the ITA Alto Trombone Competition and the Larry Wiehe Competition where he impressed people with his love of alto trombone and the virtuoso trombone exploits of Arthur Pryor.

Brian studied at the Curtis Institute of Music under the mentorship of Nitzan Haroz. In his spare time, Brian likes to brew delicious coffee with his wife and cat, and disconnect from the wired world in his compact woodshop.

© Brian Santero von der Embse 2016