Trombones

Jan Donner

Jan DonnerJan Donner began his musical studies with the piano and drums. At the age of eight he received his first baritone lesson and later switched to trombone.
In 2006, he completed a year of preparatory studies on the euphonium with Ulrich Haas at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, and the following year began preparatory studies with Professor Chris Houlding on the trombone. In 2008, Jan received supplemental private lessons with Jamie Williams (principal trombone of the German Opera Berlin). Jan began his formal conservatory studies with Professor Jonas Bylund in fall 2009 at the University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover. On trombone as well as piano, Jan has won several first prizes at the national level of the Jugend Musiziert competition as well as at the Land of Berg Region Lions Club Competition, Jugend spielt Klassik. Additionally he was in the semifinal round of the 2011 German Music Competition in the solo trombone category, and won a grant with the brass ensemble “10forBrass” in the ensemble division. In 2012, as a member of the Hanover trombone studio, he received the “Emory Remington Award” for best trombone ensemble. Jan regularly plays incidental music with the Bremen Philharmonic, the German Opera on the Rhine (Duisburg), the Lower Saxony State Orchestra Hanover, as well as the German Opera Berlin. Jan Donner was a member of the Gstaad Festival Orchestra under the direction of Kristjan Järvi and has played regularly as an extra with the Lower Saxony State Opera Hanover. In 2012, Jan had a short-term contract as principal trombone of the Bielefeld Philharmonic. He has participated in many masterclasses, such as those with Olaf Ott, Jörgen van Rijen, and Joseph Alessi. As a soloist, Jan Donner has performed with the Land of Berg Symphonic Orchestra and the Polish Chamber Orchestra. Jan Donner is currently practicing at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Matthias Haakh

Matthias HaakhMatthias Haakh was born in 1986 in Athens, Greece, and grew up in Neutstadt in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Soon after starting to play the trombone, Matthias began preparatory studies with Professor Henning Wiegräbe at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart where he later began his formal studies. After his third semester, he left his teacher of many years and transferred to Professor Jonas Bylund's studio at the University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover. For the winter semester in 2010, Matthias was an Erasmus exchange student at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, studying with Professor Ingemar Roos.

Matthias Haakh was a member of the 2008 and 2009 Schleswig-Holstein Music Festivals and worked with composer and conductor Pierre Boulez at the Lucerne Festival in 2010. For the 2011/2012 season, he was a member of the Bavarian State Opera Academy in Munich. Since March 2013, Matthias is principal trombone of the Würzburg Theater.

Johannes Weidner

Johannes WeidnerJohannes Weidner started to play music in his local wind band playing the Euphonium later also the trombone. He studied in the class of Jonas Bylund at the Hochschule for Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover. During his studies he worked with many well-known musicians i.e. Daniel Schnyder, David Taylor and Ed Partyka. Apart from playing as substitute in different symphony orchestras such as SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Staatsorchester Hannover, Theater Lübeck and the Göttinger Symphonie Orchester he also played on many CDs and DVDs playing Contemporary, Pop and Big Band music.

Florian Zerbaum

Florian Zerbaum Florian Zerbaum began playing tenor horn at the age of seven, switching to the trombone at the age of 12. After one year, he began preparatory studies at the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy University of Music Leipzig. In 2007, he began his formal conservatory studies at the University of Music “Hanns Eisler” Berlin, as a member of Professor Christhard Gössling's studio. He has gained experience in various student orchestras, such as the Berlin Youth Symphony, the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of Lower Saxony (JPON), as well as experience as a substitute with the Mecklenburg Staatskappelle Schwerin, the Anhalt Philharmonic Dessau and the Orchestra of the Comic Opera Berlin. From 2010 to 2012, Florian was a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Academy. In addition to his competition performances with 10forBrass, Florian won the first solo prize at the Jugend Musiziert competition in 2006 and the German Lions Club Music Competition in 2009. After completing his studies in 2012, Florian Zerbaum was accepted to the Meisterklasse program at the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy University of Music Leipzig studying with Professor Thomas Leyendecker. From 2013 to 15, he was member of the Mendelssohn-Orchestra-Academy of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig where he was teached by Prof. Otmar Strobel. Since 2015, Florian is playing as a second trombonist (and Bass-Trumpet) in a temporary contract with the Gewandhausorchester.