University of Texas alum, Brian Hecht (BM 2007 in performance), was runner up in the recent New York Philharmonic bass trombone audition and has subsequently been hired as bass trombonist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for the upcoming 2013-14 subscription concert season. As an added perk to his new post, he has been hired as Adjunct Professor of Trombone at the University of Georgia and Kennesaw State University. Prior to joining the Atlanta Symphony, Mr. Hecht held the bass trombone position with the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC.
Brian has performed with several major ensembles throughout his career including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra (under the baton of Simon Rattle), National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, Lyric Opera of Baltimore, and the Kennedy Center Ballet.
Brian has been the recipient of numerous performance awards including first prize at the Zellmer-Minnesota Orchestra Trombone Competition, Edwards Big 12 Bass Trombone Solo Competition, and the ETW’s Trombone Quartet Competition. In addition, he was a finalist in three international competitions including the International Trombone Association’s Edward Kleinhammer Competition, the Donald Yaxley Competition, and the International Trombone Quartet Competition. In addition, he has given masterclasses and recitals throughout the nation.
Brian has been a featured soloist with the Navy Band on multiple occasions and can be heard on several of their CDs and DVDs.