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David Rejano: “Listen to Good Music, Not Only to Trombone Music”


This interview delves into the captivating musical journey of David Rejano, an accomplished trombonist whose trajectory spans continents and prestigious orchestras. Beginning with his childhood introduction to music in La Mancha, Spain, under the guidance of his father, a double bass and tuba player, Rejano shares the pivotal moment when a broken euphonium altered his course towards the trombone. His progression through music schools in Madrid and Paris, auditions in Europe, and tenure with orchestras in Spain and Germany unfolds a narrative of dedication and evolution.

Rejano’s instrumental choice, the Vincent Bach trombone 42G, becomes a resonant part of his narrative, linking his experiences with leading orchestras in Spain, Germany, and the United States. From the Navarra Symphony to the Munich Philharmonic and ultimately the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Rejano navigates transitions with insights into the diverse demands of each musical landscape.

The interview unveils Rejano’s unique path to Los Angeles, where an invitation from conductor Gustavo Dudamel sparks an unconventional audition process that involves playing with the orchestra for a week, a full recital, and an orchestral excerpt. The suspenseful eleven-month wait for results, coupled with personal and professional adjustments, culminates in Rejano’s triumphant relocation to the iconic Hollywood Hall.

Delving into his practice philosophy, Rejano emphasizes a holistic approach, urging musicians to integrate multiple aspects within each exercise. He shares warming-up rituals, including the unconventional yet effective bending technique, which not only stretches muscles but also underscores the physicality of playing an instrument.

Rejano’s artistic diversity shines in his 2019 solo album, “Everything but Trombone,” a collection of non-trombone-centric pieces, showcasing his passion for music beyond his primary instrument. Reflecting on his influences, he credits iconic tenor Luciano Pavarotti, emphasizing the enduring impact of great musicians on his own musicality.

The interview concludes with Rejano’s advice for aspiring trombonists, encapsulating his philosophy: immerse oneself in diverse musical genres, approach practice with unwavering professionalism, and find joy in every step of the musical journey. David Rejano’s story serves as an inspiring testament to the transformative power of dedication, versatility, and an unwavering love for music.

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