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John Rojak

Senior Artist Teacher
jdrojak@hotmail.com


John Rojak joined the American Brass Quintet in 1991. He is bass trombonist with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, The IRIS Orchestra, New York Pops, Little Orchestra Society, Stamford Symphony, and played for the 16-year run of Broadway’s Les Misérables. He has performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus, New York Chamber Symphony, and as solo trombone of Solisti NY. He has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, and for Pope John Paul II in New York's Central Park and in St. Patrick's Cathedral. As part of Gunther Schuller’s handpicked orchestra he was involved in the recording of Brahms’ First Symphony and Beethoven’s Fifth for a collaborative CD to Mr. Schuller’s book “The Compleat Conductor.” Mr. Rojak has performed with many ballet companies, including the Bolshoi, Kirov, Royal, Netherlands Dance Theatre, China, and San Francisco. Other Broadway shows include The Producers, Sugar Babies and Shirley MacLaine on Broadway and he has played with the big bands of Mel Lewis, Gerry Mulligan, and Bob Mintzer. Besides classical recordings, he can be heard on soundtracks for commercials and film, and played with the band Metallica in Madison Square Garden.

Active as a soloist and clinician, Rojak was the first bass trombonist to be artist in residence at Quad City Arts in Illinois/Iowa and has been featured at the International Trombone Association Workshops in Champaign-Urbana, Boulder, and Salt Lake City, as well as performing Ewazen's Concerto with the Daejon, Korea, Philharmonic He has given master classes and recitals throughout the U.S., Japan, and Mexico, been visiting trombone instructor at the North Carolina School of the Arts, and adjudicator for competitions including Concert Artists Guild, Fischoff, and Coleman.

Active as a soloist and clinician, Rojak was the first bass trombonist to be artist in residence at Quad City Arts in Illinois/Iowa and has been featured at the International Trombone Association Workshops in Champaign-Urbana, Boulder, and Salt Lake City, as well as performing Ewazen's Concerto with the Daejon, Korea, Philharmonic He has given master classes and recitals throughout the U.S., Japan, and Mexico, been visiting trombone instructor at the North Carolina School of the Arts, and adjudicator for competitions including Concert Artists Guild, Fischoff, and Coleman.

In the spring of 2000 Rojak made his New York concerto debut, performing Walter Ross’ Trombone Concerto No. 2 in Alice Tully Hall with the New York Chamber Symphony, Gerard Shwarz conducting. The piece was then recorded for MMC Records. He has been featured with the trombone section of the Brass Band of Battle Creek, and played the solo trombone part with Vladimir Spivakov and the Moscow Virtuosi in the North American premiere of Schnittke’s Five Fragments Based on Paintings of Hieronymus Bosch for Violin, Trombone, and Tenor in Avery Fisher Hall. His first solo recording, “The Romantic Bass Trombone” with pianist Robert Koenig, is available on MMC Records. Other solo recordings are “Rhapsody for Bass Trombone and Strings” composed by Eric Ewazen with the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra on the Albany CD, “Bass Hits”, and “The Essential Rochut” on Belle records.

Rojak received a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School and held fellowships at Tanglewood and Waterloo Music Festivals. He is on the faculties of The Juilliard School, head of the brass department at Bard College Conservatory, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, New York University, and the Aspen Music Festival and School.

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