Trombonist Kevin Dombrowski '14 MM was among four American musicians chosen for a cultural exchange with the Sarajevo Philharmonic. The International Cultural Exchange program will take them to Bosnia-Herzegovina for 10 months to perform with the Sarajevo Philharmonic. Dombrowski and the three other Americans in the programwill perform in opera, ballet, and symphonic concerts from September 2014 through July 2015.
The International Cultural Exchange program is coordinated and sponsored by the Bosnian-Herzegovinian American Academy of Arts and Sciences (BHAAAS) in cooperation with the Sarajevo Philharmonic. The mission of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian American Academy of Arts and Sciences is to provide connections between Bosnian-Herzegovinian and scientists, musicians, artists, and professionals in North America to build bridges of cooperation between our countries. The Academy promotes the spirit of intellectual diversity and free exchange of ideas in the belief that knowledge is shareable wealth.
The Sarajevo Philharmonic was founded in 1923 and has played an important role in shaping the musical life of Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Sarajevo Philarmonic is a full-time orchestra that currently performs in the National Theatre in Sarajevo and tours throughout the region.
Selection of the musicians was done by Conductor and Artistic Director Diane Wittry, who is a BHAAAS international member; Samra Gulamovic, director and conductor of the Sarajevo Philharmonic; and Eldin E. Karaikovic, BHAAAS project director. The applicants submitted copies of their performance resumes and unedited DVDs of their playing. The applicants also included a short video about why they wanted to participate in the program.
Kevin Dombrowski, trombone, recently graduated from the Yale School of Music, where he earned a Master of Music degree in trombone performance. Before that, he earned his bachelor's degree in music performance at the Eastman School of Music. As an orchestral musician, he has played with the West Virginia Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, Kevin has won several competitions and notably had the chance to play in Aarhus, Denmark for the International Trombone Association’s solo competition. He is also an avid chamber musician and enjoys playing with the Handsome Dans Trombone Quartet.