Professional Bio

Heralded as one of the finest trombone players of his generation, soloist Toby Oft has brought a brilliant and unique voice to the world of music. In 2008, Music Director James Levine appointed Toby Oft the 12th Principal Trombone of the Boston Symphony. Working under the baton of such luminaries as James Levine, Christoph Eschenbach, Christoph von Dohnányi and Bernard Haitink, he has seen a diverse repertoire of BSO performances.

In addition to occupying the top position in one of finest orchestras in the world, his innovative teaching style and masterful solo recitals have taken him throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Over the course of his extensive international career, Oft has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchestra, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Sarasota Orchestra. 

An Oregon native, he has been featured as a soloist with orchestras and bands on either side of the continental U.S., most notably with the San Diego Symphony and the Boston Classical Orchestra. Oft has also been featured as a soloist with distinguished ensembles throughout China and South Korea. Additionally, he maintains a busy schedule being featured as an artist and teacher, performing recitals and masterclasses both here and abroad with regular residencies in Italy, China, and the US.

Oft's 2015/16 season highlights include two Boston Symphony European tours with newly appointed music director, Andris Nelsons.  He will be a featured soloist with the Boston Classical Orchestra in March where he will perform the Leopold Mozart Seranata with BSO Principal Trumpet, Thomas Rolfs.  New this season is the advent of the Toby Oft Seminar in Seville, Spain as well as the Berkshire Summer Music Brass Week which will take place in June.  


Toby Oft is an internationally active and renowned teacher. For decades he has been training students to perform at a competitive level with his innovative techniques and exceptional attention to detail. He is an authority on audition execution, especially regarding excerpt style and technique. Lessons are intuitively tailored to each individual’s abilities and ambitions. Because his practical career experience includes copious orchestral audition success, freelancing of both Jazz and Classical styles and a thriving career in private instruction, he can easily manufacture a practical no-nonsense approach to help his students realize their career aspirations at any level.

Students from every point in his career have gone on to generate great success in the world of music and occupy positions in critically acclaimed orchestras and Universities around the world. Henry Henniger, Professor of trombone at University of Oregon, David Binder, Principal Trombone of the Finnish National Opera, Miguel Rivera, trombone Puerto Rico Symphony and Vanessa Frailick, Second Trombone of the Toronto Symphony have all been students of Mr. Oft. 

He has built thriving studios to teach every level of college student from Undergraduate to DMA both at New England Conservatory and Boston University where his distinctive curriculum design includes weekly lessons and masterclasses in Orchestral Techniques. His celebrated abilities to teach masterclasses are in great demand both at home in the U.S. and abroad.

     Pedagogical Bio