James Justin Kent was born in Washington, D.C., and is currently the Tenor and Bass Trombonist with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Daniel Harding. He has given master classes, performed recitals and concerts, and taught aspiring young trombone students throughout the United States, Sweden, Germany, Austria, and across the globe. He currently holds teaching positions at Eastern Music Festival and the Norddeutsche Orchesterakademie (North German Orchestra Academy). This is his fourth season with EMF.
Kent’s first position of note was as Principal Trombone with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Metha. He then won a position in a newly founded orchestra in Qatar, the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. He spent over four years in Qatar playing Co-Principal trombone where several renowned conductors conducted regularly, including Lorin Maazel, Dmitri Kitajenko, Gerd Albrecht, Marc Minkowski, and James Gaffigan. Kent also performed with rock bands, big bands, and small jazz combos while living in Qatar with “Doha Jazz.” While in Qatar, he held trombone teaching positions at the Qatar Music Academy and the American School of Doha. In 2012, Kent became the second/bass trombonist with the Orchestra Philharmonique du Luxembourg. The following year, he was named Solo Trombonist with the Bruckner Orchester Linz, where we played for over six seasons. During his time in Austria, he premiered and recorded Philip Glass’ 11th Symphony along with the lost Mass of Baroque composer Franz Anton Ertl found in the Wilhering abbey.
Kent has also performed with numerous orchestras across the world, including Munich Philharmonic (Germany), Gürzenich Orchester Cologne (Germany), Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich (Switzerland), WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne (Germany), Boston Symphony Orchestra (USA), National Symphony Orchestra (USA), Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg (Germany), NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover (Germany), Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (Israel), Niederbayerische Philharmonie (Germany), Stavanger Symphony Orchestra (Norway), Kärntner Sinfonieorchester (Austria), Hong Kong Philharmonic (China), and many others. He became a member of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2020.
Kent lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his beautiful and amazing wife, Andrea, and their two sons, Ryder and Bruckner.