BiographyWeston Sprott was appointed to the position of second trombone of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in the spring of 2005. He served Acting Principal Trombone of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra during the 2012-13 season. He began his musical training in his hometown of Spring, TX. Mr. Sprott attended Indiana University before completing his Bachelor of Music degree at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. His primary teachers were Michael Warny, Carl Lenthe, and Nitzan Haroz.
While a student at Curtis, Mr. Sprott held the positions of Principal Trombone in the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra (Philadelphia) and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. He was the founding member of the Texas Trombone Octet, a group that won the Emory Remington competition and was featured in concert at the International Trombone Festival in Helsinki, Finland.
Mr. Sprott has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, the Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto Festival USA, Hot Springs Music Festival, The American Wind Symphony Orchestra, The Sphinx Symphony (Detroit) and many others. He has also performed with the St. Barts Music Festival and the Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society. His work with these ensembles has led to the opportunity to work with many of the world's great conductors, including James Levine, Riccardo Muti, Simon Rattle, Fabio Luisi, Daniel Barenboim, Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Christoph Eschenbach and many others.
Mr. Sprott was featured in the documentary film "A Wayfarer's Journey:Listening to Mahler" with actor Richard Dreyfuss and actress Kathleen Chalfant. He was also a performer in the film "Rittenhouse Square" under the direction of Robert Downey, a documentary that played in major film festivals throughout the United States to critical acclaim. In September 2007, Mr. Sprott made his Carnegie Hall solo debut performing Lars Erik-Larsson's Concertino in Weill Recital Hall at the invitation of the Bulgarian Consulate. Performances and interviews with Mr. Sprott have been seen and heard on PBS' Great Performances, NPR's Performance Today, and Sirius Satellite Radio.
In demand as a soloist and masterclass clinician, Mr. Sprott has been a featured guest artist at several universities and conservatories thoughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He is currently on the faculty at Mannes College (The New School for Music), Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts, Bard College and Juilliard's Music Advancement Program in New York City. Mr. Sprott is also a regular faculty member at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in South Africa. Previously, he served on the faculties of Purchase College Conservatory of Music and New School University. Weston Sprott is an artist/clinician for the Antoine Courtois Instrument Company and Music In Reach. He performs exclusively on Courtois trombones and regularly plays the Legend AC420BHR.