James Justin Kent was born in Washington D.C. and is currently Solo-Posaune of the Bruckner Orchester Linz. He has given masterclasses, performed recitals and concerts, and taught aspiring young trombone students all over the world.
Mr. Kent’s first position of note was as Principal Trombone with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Metha. Mr. Kent then won a position in a newly founded orchestra in Qatar, the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. He spent over four years in Qatar playing Co-Principal trombone where several renowned conductors conducted regularly, including Lorin Maazel, Dmitri Kitajenko, Gerd Albrecht, Marc Minkowski, and James Gaffigan. Mr. Kent also performed often with rock bands, big bands, and small jazz combos while living in Qatar with “Doha Jazz”. While in Qatar, he held teaching positions at the Qatar Music Academy and the American School of Doha. In 2012, Mr. Kent became the second/bass trombonist with the Orchestra Philharmonique du Luxembourg. The following year, he became Solo-Posaunist with the Bruckner Orchester Linz.
Mr. Kent’s teaching experience also includes teaching masterclasses at Masses School of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, University of North Carolina and San Diego State University. He has also performed with numerous orchestras across the world, including Munich Philharmonic (Germany), Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich (Switzerland), WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne (Germany), Boston Symphony Orchestra (USA), National Symphony Orchestra (USA), Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg (Germany), NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover (Germany), Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (Israel), Niederbayerische Philharmonie (Germany), Stavanger Symphony Orchestra (Norway), Kärntner Sinfonieorchester (Austria), Hong Kong Philharmonic (China) and many others.
In his free time, Mr. Kent is an avid swimmer, basketball player, and triathlete. He lives in Hargelsberg, Austria with his beautiful wife Andrea and two sons Ryder and Bruckner.