Ross Learmonth – Trombone
Ross is a London-based trombonist, who graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a First Class Honours degree. During his time at the Academy, he studied with Mark Templeton, Matthew Gee, Jim Maynard and Ian Bousfield. Previous to his studies at the Academy, Ross studied at the Junior Department of the Royal Scottish Conservatoire with Alistair Sinclair.
During his time at the Royal Academy of Music, Ross gained a wide experience of orchestral playing and sat as principal trombone of all of the Academy’s major ensembles with some of the world’s leading conductors. These include Semyon Bychokov, Christian Thielemann and the late Colin Davis. He also was fortunate to play to Jorgen van Rijen (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra), Joe Alessi (New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Helen Vollam (BBC Symphony Orchestra) in various masterclasses.
Since moving to London, Ross has performed with some of the country’s leading orchestras. These include the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and the Orchestra of the English National Ballet where he was on trial for second trombone. Outside of the UK, Ross has also performed with the Berner Symphonieorchester in Bern, Switzerland. Ross was also appointed a member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester in 2013, a position he maintained until 2015 after 5 tours with the orchestra. Whilst with the GMJO, he performed at some of the world’s leading venues such as the Salzburg Festival, Musikverein in Vienna and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
As well as orchestral playing, Ross has a keen interest in chamber music and also commercial music. He has won multiple awards with his brass quintet Total Brass, including the Tunnell Trust and the Worshipful Company of Musicians Prize. He has also performed at Glastonbury with ‘The Unthanks’ and has performed with Elton John at the iTunes Festival and the very first BRITs Icon Awards.