March 27, 2017 In December of 2016 while at a rehearsal with The Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale for their holiday concert series, from my seat at the drumset, I was blown away by the beautiful trombone sound coming from three rows behind me in the orchestra. During the break, I told the conductor that the trombone player he hired really sounded great; he said, 'no wonder, he's the principal trombonist with the Philadelphia Orchestra!'. Ha! During that concert series Nitzan and I had a great time chatting backstage about jazz, composing, the music biz, the internet, etc... which naturally led to him being my next guest on Backstage at The Enharmonic. In this episode Nitzan discusses the importance of his family in his career trajectory, what drew him to the trombone, putting your ego aside, winning his job in the NY Phil, memorable performances, and much more!
Nitzan Haroz, a native of Israel, rejoined The Philadelphia Orchestra as principal trombone in 2014 after holding the same position with the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 2012. Previously he was principal trombone of The Philadelphia Orchestra starting in 1995 after serving as assistant principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic and principal trombone of the Israel Symphony and Opera Orchestra. He was also first trombone of the Israel Defense Forces Orchestra and performed with the Jerusalem Symphony.