Elliot Chasanov Brass Series


Elliot Chasanov began his musical studies at an early age as a cellist, starting the trombone shortly thereafter. Prior to coming to the University of Illinois, where he serves as Professor of Trombone and Chair of Brass Studies, Professor Chasanov was principal trombonist and trombone soloist of the United States Air Force Band and Orchestra in Washington, D.C. (1981-1985) and professor of trombone and euphonium at Kent State University (1985-1991).

Professor Chasanov hosted the 1997 International Trombone Festival at the University of Illinois and has served on its faculty four other times. He has presented recitals and master classes throughout the United States, Canada, England, and Western and Eastern Europe.

In Poland, Professor Chasanov was featured guest artist at the 2000 Warsaw Trombone Festival and Judge of the 2nd All-Poland Trombone Competition. Under his direction, the UI Trombone Choir was the 1993 winner of the ITA's Emory Remington International Trombone Choir Competition and has performed at the MidWest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, IMEA, Montreal Music Festival, Festival Launediere, and on numerous US tours.

He served as trombone faculty at The International Music Festival at Duzniki Dzroj in Poland in the summers of 2000 and 2001. In December 2001 he was featured as trombone soloist with the Polish National Philharmonic-Bialystok and presented a solo recital in Florianka, Krakow's famed hall. In late 2002, Professor Chasanov was a faculty artist at the Polish Brass Symposium and guest artist at the Warsaw Academy of Music.

Plans are underway to record a CD of concerti with the Warsaw-based chamber orchestra Concerto Avenna. In the United States, Professor Chasanov has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Ballet, Cleveland Opera, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, and Metropolitan Brass Quintet.

In addition to his solo career, he currently performs with the Illinois Brass Quintet and as a regular substitute with the Milwaukee Symphony. His students hold positions with major orchestras in the US and abroad, teach at universities, perform in military bands, and freelance in major metroploitan areas worldwide.