M.Mus. - University of Victoria
B.Mus - University of Lethbridge
Research/Creative Activities: bass trombone repertoire and performance, brass chamber music, new repertoire for low brass instruments, orchestral performance.
After beginning his musical education in Lethbridge, Nick Sullivan received a fellowship to complete his post-graduate studies at the University of Victoria. While in British Columbia, he studied with distinguished tuba performer and instructor, Eugene Dowling and worked with Canadian trombone legend, Ian McDougall.
He has also studied with John D. Rojak, of the American Brass Quintet and the Juilliard School of Music, at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Additionally, he has studied brass chamber music and performance under the guidance of the American Brass Quintet.
Nick has a strong passion for brass chamber music and has performed in numerous chamber music settings. While in Victoria, his brass quintet gave recital performances including a benefit for the Kidney Foundation of Canada. In 2007, his quintet was featured in the Canadian premiere performance of Eric Ewazen's Shadowcatcher, a concerto for brass quintet and wind orchestra.
Nick is an active orchestral musician, performing with orchestras in Victoria and Lethbridge. While attending the Aspen Music Festival, he was given the opportunity to perform with the resident orchestras of the festival. Under the direction of world-renowned conductors including David Zinman and Leonard Slatkin, Nick performed in the festival orchestras in up to three concerts per week throughout the summer.
As a soloist, Nick enjoys searching for new works for the bass trombone as well as performing from the standard repertoire of low brass literature. Research into French low brass literature and Latin brass compositions, has yielded several works outside of the normal low brass repertoire of performance. He has been featured as a soloist with the University of Lethbridge Wind Orchestra, performing Eric Ewazen's Concerto for Bass Trombone. To learn more, visit his website here.