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Achilles Liarmakopoulos
featured Guest ARtist

Achilles Liarmakopoulos is the trombonist of the legendary Canadian Brass.  Achilles has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia, performing and educating in the world’s most important venues and institutions.

Achilles holds degrees from the Yale University School of Music, Curtis Institute of Music, San Francisco Conservatory and the Philippos Nakas Conservatory in his hometown of Athens, Greece. Upon completion of his studies, he won the position of principal trombone of the Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra. Achilles has also performed with the Malaysian Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony and European Union Youth Orchestra, among many others.

As a recitalist, Achilles has performed in China, Panama, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Austria, Finland, Greece, USA and Canada, having been awarded honors at competitions around the globe. At the age of 18, he gave two solo performances at Walt Disney Hall as the Grand Prize Winner of the Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition judged by members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has gone on to win prizes at the Christian Lindberg International Competition, the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe (YMFE) and the International Trombone Festival’s Robert Marsteller/Conn-Selmer and Larry Wiehe solo competitions, to name a few. Achilles was also awarded the Alexandros S. Onassis Foundation and Greek State Scholarship Foundation educational scholarships.


His discography includes four solo albums,  - “Ethereal” with 20th and 21st century lyrical works from around the world, “Trombone Atrevido” dedicated to Choro music from Brazil, “Discoveries” with contemporary compositions on the ODEG label, “Tango Distinto” with Astor Piazzolla’s music on the NAXOS label - five recordings with the Canadian Brass and numerous appearances on classical, pop, Latin, and other albums.


Also he performs all over the world with Pink Martini and he has also performed with salsa icon Ruben Blades.

As part of an exclusive agreement between the Conn-Selmer Corporation and Canadian Brass, Achilles performs on a 24-karat gold-plated Bach A471i trombone.

He is also an adjunct trombone professor at Brooklyn College at CUNY University in NY.

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Bruce Tychinski
Trombone Day Host

Dr. Bruce Tychinski is Professor of Trombone at the University of Delaware where he teaches applied lessons, trombone pedagogy and literature, directs the trombone choir and UD Slides jazz trombone ensemble, and hosts an annual Trombone Day event.  Dr. Tychinski is a member of the Washington Trombone Ensemble, the Nittany Trombone Quartet, principal trombonist of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and second trombonist of the Lancaster Symphony.  He is also co-founder of the First State Middle School Trombone Choir, an ensemble comprised of middle school trombonists from northern Delaware. During his career, Dr. Tychinski has performed with orchestras, chamber groups, and jazz ensembles throughout the United States and also with many well-known popular artists including Rosemary Clooney, the Four Tops, Little Anthony and the Imperials, the Drifters, Leslie Gore, Lou Christie and Connie Francis.  In recent years, he has appeared at the International Trombone Festival, the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, International Horn Symposium, American Trombone Workshop, and the International Festival of Composers, Conductors, and Collaborators. Dr. Tychinski spearheaded the Stamp Trombone Commission Consortium that resulted in the composition Divertimento for Trombone and Band by Jack Stamp which he premiered at the 2013 Eastern Trombone Workshop with the United States Army Band.  His first solo CD, Interplay: New Music for Trombone and Band, was released in Fall 2017.

Dr. Tychinski holds Bachelor and Master of Music in Trombone Performance degrees from Penn State University and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Trombone Performance degree from the University of Kansas. Prior to his appointment at the University of Delaware, Dr. Tychinski taught at the University of Southern Mississippi, St. Norbert College and the University of Northern Iowa.

Bruce Tychinski is an S. E. Shires Performing Artist.

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festival choir Conductor


Collegiate choir Conductor

Middle School

Middle School choir Conductor


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