Darren Acosta was born in New Orleans where he grew up surrounded by much trombone playing. His first teacher, Michael Genevay, his band director, helped instill in him a sense of joy of playing. Subsequent teachers, including Richard Erb, disciple of Arnold Jacobs. He attended New England Conservatory, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree studying with Norman Bolter. In 1992 he won the NEC concerto competition performing Gunther Schuller’s Eine Kleine Posaunenmusik. While in Boston, he also studied with Scott Hartman, Douglas Yeo, and John Swallow and went on to his M.M. degree at the Juilliard School where he studied with Joseph Alessi. He also took lessons from Per Brevig and David Finlayson at this time.
Upon graduation from Juilliard, Mr. Acosta enjoyed two weeks substituting with the New York Philharmonic. His major performing experience then began with the Empire Brass, having played with toured and recorded with them for the ´95-’96 season, while playing his first orchestral position, principal in the Hartford Symphony, at the same time. He was then asked to play a season with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), as a sabbatical replacement (’96-’97). From that time until 2008 (for 13 seasons) he played second trombone in the Boston Pops, having participated in ten CD’s recorded during this period. He also played a second season in the BSO (’98-’99) again as sabbatical replacement. In 2000 Mr. Acosta won a position in the Utah Symphony and played there for the ’00-’01 season. In ’01 he won principal trombone chair of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and continued free-lancing in the Boston area, continuing playing in the Pops, and taught at the University of Rhode Island, Longy School of Music, New England Conservatory Prepatory School and Walnut Hill School for the Arts. In the summer of 2008, he performed with the Boston Symphony again as acting second trombone at Tanglewood.
Darren secured a permanent post winning the Associate Principal trombone chair in the Finnish National Opera in August of 2009. In May of 2011, he then won the Principal solo-trombone chair of the Finnish Radio Symphony, the chair he still holds today, in Helsinki, Finland, performing in the brand-new Musiikkitalo. In 2012, Mr. Acosta had a soloist engagement with the Tapiola Sinfonietta, with whom he free-lances occasionally.