Born and raised in Timmins, Ontario, Canada, Peter Sullivan has become one of North America’s premier orchestral trombonists. Formerly the principal trombonist of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit, Peter enjoyed a 14-year tenure with the orchestra. In 1999, at the invitation of Mariss Jansons, he accepted the position of Principal Trombone with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
As a soloist, Peter has performed on many occasions with both the MSO and PSO as well as with many regional orchestras and wind ensembles. In 2005, Peter gave the world premiere performance of Jennifer Higdon’s Trombone Concerto with Jan Pascal Tortelier conducting the Pittsburgh Symphony.
Peter has been on the faculties of McGill University, The Banff School, The Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan and has given master classes all over North America and around the world. He currently teaches at both Duquesne and Carnegie-Mellon Universities in Pittsburgh.
He received his education at the Universities of Ottawa and McGill in Montreal as well as the Aspen School of Music. His teachers have included Doug Burden, Ted Griffith, Per Brevig and Christian Lindberg. He regularly performs alongside many of today’s greatest brass players with groups such as the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, the Summit Brass and the Xeno Trombone Quartet.
Peter’s discography includes numerous orchestral recordings with the Montreal, Pittsburgh and Toronto Symphony Orchestras and solo and chamber music recordings including the release of J.S. Bach’s complete Art of Fugue with the PSO Brass Ensemble.
Peter Sullivan is a Yamaha Artist and was instrumental in the design of the new Xeno Orchestral model trombone, his instrument of choice.