Trumpet performer and educator John-Thomas Burson has pursued his passion for music across a diversity of arenas, including performances with the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Spectacle Brass Quintet, and Anima Brass. Based in Los Angeles, Burson may be heard and seen in a variety of film and television projects, notably an appearance on CBSí Late Late Show with James Corden. Other recent engagements include specials events and festivals including Festival Napa Valley and a performance of Mahlerís Second Symphony with Gustavo Dudamel at the Santa Barbara Bowl.
Burson was selected as a New Horizons and Brass Quintet Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and has been a featured soloist with numerous ensembles, performing Arutunianís Trumpet Concerto with the KSU Symphony Orchestra and appearing as cornet soloist with the Georgia Symphony Symphony for an audience of over 4,000. Additional solo engagements include John Adamsí Tromba Lontana and the Concerto by Hummel. In 2014, he was the winner of the International Trumpet Guild Sonare Pro Brass Scholarship.
Other venues and music festivals include the National Trumpet Competition, National Brass Symposium, Crested Butte Music Festival, Bay View Music Festival, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, and Bar Harbor Brass Week.
Burson holds a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Performance from Kennesaw State University and a Master of Music (M.M.) in Performance from Stony Brook University. He is currently completing post-graduate work at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, where he enjoys a diverse career of performing, recording, and teaching. For more information, please visit his website and blog at johnthomasburson.com.