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Nick Platoff, Trombone

Nicholas Platoff spent two years as a fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami prior to joining the SFS as Associate Principal Trombone in the 2016-17 season. He earned his Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance and Music Theory from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music and is an alumnus of New Haven’s Neighborhood Music School. His teachers include Michael Mulcahy, Per Brevig, Christopher Davis, Peter Ellefson, Terrence Fay, Randall Hawes, Timothy Higgins, and Douglas Wright.

Mr. Platoff has been recognized in both national and international competitions, such as the Aspen Music Festival and School Brass and Percussion Concerto Competition, National Brass Symposium Trombone Excerpt Competition, and United States Coast Guard Band Young Artist Competition. In September 2015, he was the only American to advance to the second round of the ARD competition in Munich. He has performed at the Verbier Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Britten-Pears Programme, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he was the Per Brevig Trombone Fellow. Recent and upcoming performances include concerts at Festival Mozaic, the Lakes Area Music Festival, and Burning Man.

In college, Mr. Platoff founded the Players’ Operation Chamber Orchestra and served as its conductor and artistic director, presenting concerts that featured student soloists and premiered student compositions. During his time with the New World Symphony, he produced and curated MIXTAPE, the first-ever concert of the New Audience Fellow Initiative, which offered a multi-genre program to a standing room audience. He also co-produced a day-long music festival to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

A committed educator, Mr. Platoff works weekly as the low brass section coach for the award-winning SFS Youth Orchestra. He was a co-founder of the Miami Brass Festival, a day-long clinic for young brass players. His trombone students have gone on to study at the Manhattan School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, Interlochen Arts Academy, and the Tanglewood Institute.