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Making sweet (Mozart) music at Lincoln Center this summer

By Kathy Daley - reporter / photographer

By: Contributed photo
Monticello High School 2006 graduate Andrew Trombley serves as principal bassist at this summer's Mostly Mozart Festival in Manhattan, through Aug. 20. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School at Lincoln Center and of the Manhattan School of Music near Columbia University on the Upper West Side.
MONTICELLO — As the family story goes, Andrew Trombley was in utero when his singer-musician father placed a headset on his pregnant wife's belly and played music to their child.
Later, when baby Andrew had made his way into the world, the child perked up when he heard that same piece of music played, according to his parents.
“Even in the womb, the ears and brain are so affected by sound,” said Andrew, who is 29 and now a professional musician. “Music gets the neurons moving.”
At Lincoln Center this summer, Trombley, who graduated from Monticello High School in 2006, serves as principal bassist for the Mostly Mozart Festival. The iconic summer extravaganza offers five weeks of concerts featuring celebrated works that are quite familiar to audiences along with lesser-known pieces of merit.

For example, said Trombley, he's particularly attracted to Mozart's 25th Symphony “with its fun little harmonic things that only Mozart can do,” and to Brahms' First Symphony, extraordinary for its ranges of emotion and color.
“It took Brahms 20 years to write, because he was never satisfied,” said Trombley.
A freelance orchestral and chamber music player, Trombley lives and works in Manhattan with his violinist-wife Akiko Hosoi. He is principal bassist with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and plays with the Stamford Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera and is in demand for his work on movie sound tracks.
Locally, Trombley has performed with the Weekend of Chamber Music in western Sullivan County and Honesdale, Pa. And, joined by his wife, he is co-founder of the Aspiring Young Musicians program of Nesin Cultural Arts in Monticello.
Founded by, among others, Ann Trombley, who is Andrew's mother, Nesin offers programs in music, dance and visual arts primarily at the Nesin Theater at 22 John St. in Monticello.
“My wife and I started Aspiring Young Musicians to help further music education in Sullivan County,” Trombley added. The program is open to any student who has both a desire to improve on their instrument and the willingness to make the time commitment both in and out of school, he said.
Trombley and Hosoi provide private instruction and small ensemble opportunities to Aspiring Young Musician students, working closely to complement the public school program.
The duo also founded the Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra, now in its second season, and Sullivan Strings, comprised of members of regional orchestras and Sullivan County music teachers.
As for Trombley, growing up involved constant exposure to music, he said. His father is a performer and singer and lifelong music teacher now instructing students at Ellenville High School.
Before retiring, Ann Trombley served as general music teacher at Monticello High School for 33 years and also performs locally.
Their youngest son, one of three children, couldn't help but develop a love of music, he said.
“At seven, I started piano,” Trombley related. “At 10, I was playing bass. At 14 or 15, I knew that this is really what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”

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