Brian Wendel, Principal Trombone

Brian Wendel joined the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as Principal Trombone in 2017. Winner of numerous solo competitions, such as the Online Trombone Competition (2020), Alessi Seminar Asia Competition (2018) and two International Trombone Association competitions (2014 and 2016), Brian has also performed with the Seattle Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the New York Philharmonic Brass Ensemble and has appeared as a soloist with the Vancouver and Prince George Symphonies and the Juilliard Trombone Choir.

Brian has performed as a solo recitalist and worked with students at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Alessi Seminar Asia, and University of British Columbia (UBC) School of Music, to name a few, with upcoming recital and teaching engagements in Europe in 2021. In 2019 Brian was appointed as Adjunct Professor of Trombone at UBC, and has since also been an Associate Instructor for the Alessi Seminar Asia.

Growing up in the rural town of Conway, Massachusetts, Brian’s other endeavors have included piano, jazz, and composing and performing his own music. He received his Bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School, where he was a scholarship student of Joseph Alessi, the principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic.

Stay tuned for Brian’s upcoming solo album release, and please feel free to visit his website,, for more details and sound bytes!