Trumpet performer and educator John-Thomas Burson has pursued his passion for music across a diversity of arenas, including performances with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Georgia Brass Band, Spectacle Brass, and most recently the New York-based quintet, Anima Brass. Selected as a New Horizons Fellow at the 2015 Aspen Music Festival, he has also appeared at the National Trumpet Competition, National Brass Symposium, Crested Butte Music Festival, Bay View Music Festival, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, and Bar Harbor Brass Week. Featured as soloist with several orchestras, Burson recently performed Arutunian’s Trumpet Concerto with the KSU Symphony Orchestra and appeared as a cornet soloist with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra for an audience of over 4,000. Additional solo engagements include John Adams’ Tromba Lontana and the Concerto by Hummel. In 2014, he was the winner of the International Trumpet Guild Sonare Pro Brass Scholarship. In 2016 he will perform with Anima Brass at the Aspen Music Festival, where the group will work with the American Brass Quintet as part of the Festival’s Brass Quintet Fellowship.
Burson holds a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Performance from Kennesaw State University (near Atlanta, Georgia), where he studied with Thomas Hooten, Michael Tiscione, Douglas Lindsey, Karin Bliznik, and Jennifer Marotta. He currently resides in New York where he is pursuing his Master of Music (M.M.) in Performance at Stony Brook University with Kevin Cobb of the American Brass Quintet. www.johnthomasburson.com.