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Trombone Instruction with Domingo Pagliuca

May 8, 2020

Domingo Pagliuca is principal trombonist for the Palm Beach Symphony and the Florida Grand Opera Orchestra.

A native of Venezuela, Pagliuca began his musical activities at a very young age at the Jose Angel Lamas Music Conservatory in Caracas, and was inspired by his father and first teacher, Angelo Pagliuca. After finishing high school in Venezuela, he attended Indiana University to study with Keith Brown.

In 1989, Pagliuca entered the University of Miami, where he graduated cum laude with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in instrumental performance. He was the first trombonist to win the UM Concerto Competition. In 1992, Pagliuca received “The Performer of the Year Certificate” from the classical department of the School of Music. In 1995, he received the “Honor and Excellency Diploma” given by the Graduate School of UM.

As a soloist, Pagliuca has performed on different occasions with orchestras such as the Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela, Orquesta Sinfonica de Colombia, Central Ohio Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Carabobo, playing trombone concertos by Rota, David, Rimsky-Korsakov, Graffe, Appermont, and Larsson. Pagliuca made the Venezuelan premiere of the Graffe and Rota, and the Colombian premiere of the Graffe. He is the first Venezuelan trombonist to appear as a guest soloist with symphony orchestra in Colombia, Italy, Greece, and the United States.

Pagliuca was Associate Principal Trombonist of the Orquesta Sinfonica Venezuela for thirteen years and also served as a member of the Artistic Committee. Among his teaching positions, he was the trombone professor of the Universidad Nacional Experimental de las Artes (UNEARTE), chairman of the Venezuelan Trombone Academy, chairman of the Brass Department of the Carabobo Music Conservatory, trombone professor of the Simon Bolivar Music Conservatory, as well as trombone professor of “EL SISTEMA”, the Simon Bolivar Youth Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela’s musical and orchestral program. He has been an assistant trombone professor of Olaf Otts and Stefan Schulz of the Berlin Philharmonic, Michel Becquet, and Jacques Mauger in several seminars given in Caracas and Margarita Island for the Simon Bolivar Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has given master classes in universities and music festivals in the United States, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Finland, Germany, Austria. Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, China and Venezuela.

In July 2013, Pagliuca was appointed Trombonist of the BOSTON BRASS and is currently an Artist for YAMAHA, USA. He has been on tour with BB performing and giving master classes throughout the United States, Central America, Europe and Asia.  His versatility as a Latin music player has made him one of the most in-demand trombonists in Venezuela and Latin America for recording sessions and musical productions in the commercial business. He has toured throughout the US, Latin America and Europe with the OSV and artists such as Franco De Vita, Juan Luis Guerra & 4:40, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Luis Enrique, Raphael, and Oscar D’Leon.  In 2011 he participated in the Latin Grammy Winner Album “EN PRIMERA FILA” by FRANCO DE VITA, as trombonist, arranger and Brass Post-Producer, receiving 4 Latin Grammys Certificates.

Pagliuca served as Adjunct Professor of Trombone at Florida International University (FIU) from 2012 to 2015 and currently among other activities, he is the trombonist of the Miami Brass.

Pagliuca’s last solo performances were in Venezuela and Belarus during 2012. He also performed on the 2011-13 tour with Franco De Vita. (double Latin Grammy Winner in 2011). In October 2015 he performed the Kansas premier of the Trombone Concerto with Wind Ensemble by James Beckel at Kansas State University.

Pagliuca has recently released his Solo Debut Album “ETERNAL GRATITUDE”, dedicated to Sam Pilafian.

Instructional Videos

In this series of videos, Palm Beach Symphony's principal trombone player Domingo Pagliuca explores trombone fundamentals, including breathing and posture, air and sound emission, practicing articulation with the metronome, and syncing slide movement with articulation.