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 Principal Trombone positions with the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra 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 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. 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.
Mr. Sprott has appeared in the documentary films Some Kind of Spark, A Wayfarer's Journey:Listening to Mahler, and Rittenhouse Square. His opinion is also quoted in Rhythms of the Game, a book by former New York Yankees star Bernie Williams. Mr. Sprott also has a heart for philanthropy and education. He has volunteered numerous times with organizations like Play On Philly and Music Kitchen, and sponsored educational opportunities and solicited instrument donations for disadvantaged students. His giving spirit was recently recognized in an article by the Wall Street Journal.
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, South Africa 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 faculty member at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in South Africa and The Curtis Institute of Music's Summerfest Young Artist Summer Program. 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. He performs exclusively on Courtois trombones and plays the Legend AC420BHW "Weston Sprott Model" trombone.