Christopher Buckholz

Christopher Buckholz's Biography

Chris Buckholz is a virtuoso crossover artist in both classical music and jazz. He is Assistant Professor of Trombone at the University of New Mexico.

Buckholz has two solo CDs to his credit: the 2012 classical release A la Albéniz on Albany Records and the 2006 jazz release Muse, making him the first trombonist to have released both a classical and a jazz solo CD. His publications include new editions of early twentieth century trombone literature through Kagarice Brass Press.

From 1997 to 2005, Buckholz was the lead trombonist for the Army Jazz Ambassadors in Washington, D.C. As a principal soloist with the Jazz Ambassadors, Buckholz was featured in concerts with the Boston Pops at Tanglewood and on the Esplanade, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Pops at Carnegie Hall. Buckholz is featured as a soloist on four Jazz Ambassadors CDs.

Buckholz has had an extensive freelance career, performing with Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, Lou Rawls, Bob Hope, Charley Pride, Smokey Robinson, Johnny Mathis, Vince Gill, and Rosemary Clooney, among many others. He played on hundreds of studio recording sessions for radio, television, and commercial recordings. Buckholz toured internationally and recorded with The Four Tops, and has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his work as a performer, Buckholz has been an active clinician, lecturing and performing at schools such as New York University, the University of Colorado, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the University of Maryland, the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, and the High School for the Visual and Performing Arts in Houston, TX. He was Assistant Professor of Trombone at Bowling Green State University from 1996-1997 and Associate Professor of Trombone at the University of Northern Iowa from 2006-2013.

Buckholz received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University, his Masters of Music from Yale University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan. His principal teachers in classical music include Arnold Jacobs (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Dennis Smith (Los Angeles Philharmonic), John Swallow (New York Brass Quintet), David Langlitz (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), and Christopher Dudley (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra). He has studied jazz trombone with Conrad Herwig, Curtis Fuller, Steve Davis, Steve Turre, and Jim McFalls, and jazz arranging with Michael Crotty.

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