1982 he was appointed Principal Trombonist of Great Britain's City
of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra by Chief Conductor Sir Simon Rattle
who declared him "not only one of the most able trombonists
in my experience but also an intelligent and wide-ranging musician".
Prior to coming to Britain he held the position of Principal Trombonist
with both the Radio Stuttgart Orchestra and the Jerusalem Symphony
Orchestra. Since 1994 he has been the artistic director of the international
touring ensemble, Posaune Voce Trio, which specializes in the performance
of newly discovered baroque works featuring the alto trombone in
a solo role with voice. In the U.S.A. he was a member of the popular
rock band the Atlantics, performing for such artistes as Michael
Jackson, Olivia Newton-John, Natalie Cole, Paul Anka, the Drifters,
Pearl Bailey and Andy Williams. He is much in demand as a guest
soloist, having appeared with the U.S. Navy Band, the U.S. Army
band, at the Smetana International Music Festival, the Malta International
Arts Festival, the Dvorak Summer Festival, the Edinburgh Festival
and the London Barbican, as well as presenting recitals and master
classes in Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Krakow, Bratislava, Kiev, Cardiff,
Oxford and Washington D.C. Dr Shifrin has premiered a number of
works, including the first American and British performances of
the Leopold Mozart "Concerto for Alto Trombone".
with a PhD in musicology from Oxford University, Ken Shifrin was
the recipient of a British Academy Humanities Research Board's Scholarship
and the Oxford University Press' Music and Letters Award, as well
as being named the Halstead Scholar by the Board of the Oxford University
Music Faculty. Since 2000 he has been a British Exchange Scholar
for the Czech Academy of Science in Prague and has presented papers
at musicology meetings on both sides of the Atlantic. He is the
managing director of Virgo Music Publishers and a clinician for
Voigt Handcrafted Brass Music Instruments of Markneukirchen, Germany.
Dr Shifrin is listed in the International Who's Who of Music.
In 2005 the Lord Chancellor of Great Britain appointed Ken Shifrin
a Magistrate for England and Wales.
soloist Ken Shifrin played brilliantly with almost unbelievable
beauty of tone, artistry and elegance. A seemingly effortless rendition
full of effects, technical bravura and feeling."
The Vienna Kurier
and virtuoso trombone playing.
The Prague Post
only is he one of the most able trombonists in my experience but
also an intelligent and wide-ranging musician."
L.B. Shelburne, Jr
United States Army Band, Leader and Commander
Shifrin demonstrated outstanding instrumental ability as well as
excellent qualities of musicianship.
extremely good performer.
superb performance by this marvellous player.
Shifrin can be contacted c/o Nigel Pennington, Manager, at Kvalita@aol.com
or Orion House Artists Management at email@example.com.
KEN SHIFRIN, SOLO SELECTIONS
Becaud/Diamond, arr. R Willis: Love on the Rocks
Ravel: Solo from Bolero
Live in concert with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Ravel: Pavane pour une Infante Defunte