Louise Pollock appointed professor for trombone

Louise Pollock © Per Foerstberg

The Swedish-Swiss trombonist Louise Pollock will be appointed professor of trombone at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin for the winter semester 2023/24, succeeding Prof. Christhard Gössling and Prof. Olaf Ott in the trombone class. She wiill take up her new position in October.

Louise Pollock was principal trombonist at the Gothenburg Opera/Sweden from 2015 to 2023 and in parallel led the trombone class at the University of Gothenburg Academy of Music and Drama. Prior to that, she was engaged by the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra for three years. She has performed as a soloist with the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra, the Bjergsted Blåsensemble, the Gothenburg Opera and the Duisburg Philharmonic, among others.

She has been awarded numerous prizes at national and international competitions, was a scholarship holder of the 2014 German Music Competition of the German Music Council and received the 1st Prize and Audience Award at the International Aeolus Wind Competition in Düsseldorf in 2016.

As a jury member she is requested for international competitions and invited as a soloist and lecturer to master classes and festivals, such as Brassweek Samedan in Switzerland, Tourbon Brass Festival in Chile, Tromboholizm Trombone Music Festival in Poznan and Corno Brass Music Festival Zielona Gora in Poland, to the Norwegian Bjergsted Brass Festival Stavanger, the Low Brass Network and the International Trombone Festival in the USA. In 2023 she was elected as 1st Chairperson of the German Internationale Posaunenvereinigung e.V. as well as to the "Board of Advisors" of the International Trombone Association.

Louise Pollock grew up in Switzerland and graduated best of the year from the Mathematisch-Wissenschaftliche Gymnasium Zurich. She completed her Bachelor's studies with Prof. Branimir Slokar at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg i. Br., and continued her Master's studies with Prof. Henning Wiegräbe at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart. She is a Conn Artist and plays exclusively on a Conn 88H built in the early 1950s.