Edward Jones is Principal Trombone of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He was born in Aberystwyth, Wales, in 1984, and began playing the trombone at the age of nine. By the time he was 13, Edward was Principal Trombone of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, and he later held the same position with the National Youth Orchestra. Edward spent his Sixth Form years studying at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, before reading Music at King’s College London. During this time, he was a member of both the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. Edward completed his studies with a postgraduate diploma from the Royal Academy of Music, London. Throughout his education, Edward received tuition from some of Britain’s finest trombonists, including Chris Houlding, Kevin Price, Dudley Bright, Denis Wick and Ian Bousfield.
Edward was twice a Brass Finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. As a result of this success, he was invited to participate in the trombone category at the 2001 European Music Prize for Youth competition in Aix-les-Bains, France, where he was unanimously awarded First Prize.
Edward has performed concerti by Serocki, Larsson, Takemitsu and Grondahl; the latter in collaboration with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg under Bramwell Tovey. He has also appeared as a soloist on BBC2, HTV, S4C, Radio 3 and Classic FM.
At the age of 23, Edward was appointed Principal Trombone of the CBSO. He has appeared as Guest Principal with many of the U.K.’s leading orchestras, including the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic and the Hallé. Edward performs regularly with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, and also teaches at the Birmingham Conservatoire. He is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.