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Jon Roskilly


Performer specialising in Contemporary Classical Music

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Jon Roskilly


Performer specialising in Contemporary Classical Music

Jon Roskilly (*1987) works across Europe as a trombonist specialising in contemporary classical music. He has performed in multiple countries with leading new music ensembles including Klangforum Wien, London Sinfonietta and Ensemble Garage, at festivals including Wien Modern, Zeiträume Basel and the Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, and has given world-premiere performances of works for ensemble and for solo trombone. His passion for performing new music has led him to work extensively with young composers, giving workshops and working one-on-one to help them to understand and write for this versatile and somewhat undervalued instrument. Jon has a particular interest in using movement, his voice and electronics to widen the expressive range of the trombone even further. He is also active as a composer, and has had compositions and arrangements performed at the Roundhouse London as well as in Basel and at the Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik.

 

Born 1987 in the south-west of England, Jon moved to London in 2007 to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with renowned trombonists Simon Wills, John Kenny, Eric Crees and Chris Houlding. Having long been interested in contemporary classical music, he started to focus on this during his Batchelors degree, and was an active and enthusiastic performer in the school's contemporary music project, the Guildhall UBU Ensemble. After two years of working as a freelance musician and teacher in London, Jon moved to Basel, Switzerland in 2013, and graduated from the MA program at the Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel in 2014 after studying with the trombonist and composer Mike Svoboda. He is active as a performer of new music for the trombone, giving premieres and working frequently with composers to help them write with a greater understanding of the technical aspects of this very flexible instrument.

As a composer, Jon studied in London with Kate Romano and Paul Newland, and with Caspar Johannes Walter in Basel. Among his many areas of interest are how processes interact with one another and the inherent theatricality of musical performance. Many of his pieces involve words, both as speech and song, and his interest in folk music has led him to make arrangements for various ensembles.