Ben van Dijk – Artist in residence of the Dutch Bass Trombone Open since 2006.
Ben earned his solo Diploma in trombone cum laude in 1980 at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In 1976, he was appointed to the bass trombone position in the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and after 23 years with the N.R.P.O., Ben joined the Rotterdam Philharmonic as bass trombonist a position he still holds today.
Ben is currently teaching at the Royal Conservatory of Den Haag and Codarts Conservatory in Rotterdam.
He was invited as teacher and soloist to the International Trombone Festivals in Detmold (Germany) in 1992, in Cleveland (USA) in 1994, in Utrecht (Holland) in 2000, in Denton (USA) in 2002, Birmingham (UK) in 2006 and in Austin (USA) in 2010.
Ben has also given master classes and recitals in Korea, Japan, Greece, Hungary, Sweden, England, Scotland, France, Spain, Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, the USA and other countries.
He has released five solo albums and in 2018 Ben released his 6th album, “Brisas Andaluzas” with a flamenco-jazz crossover composition. On this album Ben plays most of the trombone parts and his flamenco guitar in music composed by Ilja Reijngoud
In recognition of his contributions to the International Trombone Association and to the trombone community at large Ben van Dijk was the recipient of the 2003 ITA Award and in 2017 Ben received the ITA Neill Humfeld Award.
In 2017 Ben was elected as President of the International Trombone Association for a period of 3 years the most honorable position within the ITA.
Tomer Maschkowski was born in 1982, into an Israeli family living in Rotterdam, Holland. He began playing the trombone at the age of 13 under the tutelage of his grandfather, a former trombonist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Tomer enrolled as a student at the Rotterdam Codarts University and was later accepted into the Staatskapelle Berlin Akademie and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, where he had the chance to work under the guidance of maestro Daniel Barenboim. Tomer continued his formal studies with Andreas Klein, Rainer Vogt and Prof.Stefan Schulz and graduated with a Masters degrees from the UdK Berlin in 2013. Since 2012 Tomer serves as the bass-trombone player of the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin. He is often asked to perform as a guest-trombonist with leading orchestras, such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Lucerne Festival, Staatskapelle Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Boston Symphony. A proud “Yamaha Artist” since 2018, Tomer Maschkowski is also a member of various brass ensembles, such as the International Trombone Ensemble , the Berlin Trombone Quarter, and the Trombone Unit Hannover, with whom he received the 1st prize at the 2011 Deutsche Musikwettbewerb. In addition, Tomer frequently guests at the Berliner Philharmoniker Brass Ensemble as well as at the Lucerne Festival Brass ensemble Apart from music, Tomer’s passions lie in the sphere of performance, dance, and acting, which culminated in the multi-media performance “NO-MAD”, along with the dancer and choreographer Oren Lazovski, premiered in 2016 at the Radialsystem in Berlin. In his recent project, “Sliding thru the Opera”, Tomer joins forces with fellow trombonist Lars Karlin and pianist Ohad Ben-Ari. The show features opera hits arranged for trombone, bass trombone and piano and is set to premiere at the Berlin Philharmonie next season.
Craig Gosnell is a freelance bass trombonist and vocalist currently residing in the Los Angeles area. In 1997 and 1998 he earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music with an emphasis in instrumental performance from the University of Northern Colorado.
In 2003, he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami. He was born near Miami, Florida and attended public schools in Palm Springs North, FL. as well as Littleton and Lakewood, Colorado. He currently teaches trombone in the L.A. area, and doubles on other low brass instruments.
Gosnell has studied with Buddy Baker, Jack Robinson, Dante Luciani, Pat Blodgett, Anita Valdez, and Joy Cayler. He has been performing as an instrumentalist and vocalist since 1985. His performance
experience includes concerts with numerous ensembles including but not limited to: Opera Pacific, the Bill Holman Big Band, the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bob Florence Limited Edition Big Band, the
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, the Patrick Williams Big Band, and the Arturo Sandoval Big Band.
His television credits include “The Academy Awards,” “The Primetime Emmy Awards,” “The SAG Awards,” ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” and “Revenge,” NBC’s “America’s Got
Talent,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Revolution,” and “Grease: You’re the One that I Want,”
FOX’s “The Simpsons,” and “The Orville,” Netflix’s “Luke Cage,” Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle,” STARZ’s “Black Sails,”and Disney +’s “The Mandalorian.”
He has recorded on over 90 motion picture soundtracks, some of which include The Lion King (2019),
Batman v Superman, The Secret Life of Pets, The Jungle Book, Suicide Squad, The Greatest Showman,
Big Hero 6, Oblivion, Jack Reacher, Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Finding Dory, Alice in Wonderland, Public Enemies, and Hairspray.
He has also performed and/or recorded with artists including Barry Manilow, Quincy Jones, Celine Dion, John Williams, Ray Charles, Chicago, James Taylor, Peter Gabriel, Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Paul Anka, Andy Williams, Nancy Wilson, Randy Newman, Julio Iglesias, James Brown, Tom Jones, Tony Bennett, Burt Bacharach, Willie Nelson, Pat Boone, Dionne Warwick, Michael Bublé, Natalie Cole,Dianne Reeves, Lionel Richie, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Queen Latifah, Diane Schuur, Seal, Beyoncé, Kurt Elling, Patti Austin,The Four Tops, The Who, Randy Brecker, Clare Fischer, Vince Mendoza, Bob Brookmeyer, James Newton Howard, Lennie Niehaus, Maria Schneider, Bob Mintzer,Usher, Nelly Furtado, Josh Groban, Carrie Underwood, Joss Stone and Christian McBride, among others.
In 2003, Gosnell was inducted into the national music honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda, and has been a member of the International Trombone Association since 1993.