playing the trombone at
age 9 in his home state of Connecticut. As a child he received his
early musical exposure and training from his loving father, Anesti
Nova. It was these seeds of love of the musical arts that would later
flourish in his adult life.
During high school, Jim received strong musical background from his
band director, Louis Lazzerini. Mr. Lazzerini, who is the Assistant
Principal/Second Bassoonist of the Hartford Symphony. He introduced Jim
to his first private trombone teacher, George Sanders, Assistant
Principal/Second Trombonist of the Hartford Symphony . He studied with
Mr. Sanders for his four years of high school.
After graduating high school in 1992, he attended the prestigious
Curtis Institute of music in Philadelphia. A fully endowed and full
tuition conservatory, The Curtis Institute of Music still remains one
of the most difficult schools in the world to be accepted to. Jim
received his Bachelor's Degree there studying with the Philadelphia
Orchestra's then principal trombonist Glenn Dodson.
In 1996, Jim moved to Boston to pursue a Master's Degree on a full
scholarship at the New England Conservatory of Music, studying with
Boston Symphony Orchestra trombonist, Norman Bolter. He completed his
Degree in 1998 and freelanced in Boston until 2001, when he moved to
Salt Lake City, Utah to join the Utah Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to his college education, James attended the Pacific Music
Festival in Sapporo, Japan in 1994 and was also a member of the
Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship Orchestra for three summers, from
While in Boston, Jim substituted on a regular basis with the Boston
Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra making recordings and
television broadcasts with both groups.
He is the former second trombonist of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra in
Orange County, California, former principal of the Rhode Island
Philharmonic, former principal of the Vermont Symphony, and former
assistant principal of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.
Jim was the assistant principal/second trombonist of the Utah Symphony
Orchestra for 8 seasons and plays with the Boston Pops Orchestra as his
schedule in Pittsburgh allows.
Jim's solo recording "Albanian Rhapsody" is a debut in both performance
and composition for the father and son team, composer Anesti Nova and
trombonist James Nova.
All but one piece in this world premiere collection of compositions is
for solo trombone and either string or chamber orchestra. The music is
ethnically charged, deriving much influence and flavor from Jim's and
Anesti's strong Albanian backround. It is at times tragic, languid and
yet uplifting as it chronicles, with the trombone as storyteller, the
journey of the Nova family through hardships and eventual triumph over
September 2009, Jim began the latest exciting chapter in his career as
he took up his newly won post of Second/Utility Trombone of the
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He is also Adjunct Faculty at the Mary
Pappert School of Music of Duquesne University.
Jim performs primarily on an S.E. Shires large bore tenor trombone:
5GLW+ bell, Axial Flow Valve, TB47L slide, 2.5 lead pipe and a Greg
Black Custom mouthpiece.