Denson Paul Pollard began as bass trombonist with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in the Fall 2014. Currently, Dr. Pollard is on a leave of absence from his position as bass / tenor trombonist / bass trumpet player with the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra where he has been a member since 2007. Pollard was the bass trombonist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic from 2001-2007.
Pollard has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. His teachers have included Dr. Jim Roberts, Dr. David Gier, George Krem, Charles Vernon and Joeseph Alessi.
Pollard was awarded the Master of Musical Arts degree and the Doctorate of Musical Arts in performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa, where he served as a teaching assistant in the areas of musicology, jazz and applied trombone. Pollard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. Dr. Pollard is on leave of absence from his duties as a member of the brass faculty at Mannes School of Music, Bard College and the Juilliard School. During the summer, Dr. Pollard is a faculty member of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan and artistic director of the SliderAsia Festival in Hong Kong during the summer.
Pollard is a passionate champion of the bass trombone as a solo instrument. He has performed concertos and played solo recitals in various places around the world. Pollard has recorded three solo CDs entitled "Up From Below,” “Point in Time” and “Listening.” He can also be heard on three MET Opera Brass recordings and a recent collaboration CD with James Markey, bass trombonist of the New York Philharmonic, entitled “The Bass Trombonist’s Guide to Orchestral Excerpts. All of Pollard's recordings are available at www.cdbaby.com/dppollard and www.hickeys.com . Dr. Pollard is a Buffet Group artist and performs exclusively on Courtois trombones. More information about Denson Paul Pollard can be found at www.densonpaulpollard.com.