Gordon Cherry performed as the Principal Trombonist of the Vancouver Symphony and CBC Vancouver Radio Orchestra from 1974 to 2009 working under conductors Kazuyoshi Akiyama, John Avison, Rudolf Barshai, Sergui Comissiona, Bramwell Tovey and Alain Trudel as well as hundreds of guest conductors. Previously, he performed in the same capacity with the National Arts Centre Orchestra under Mario Bernardi. Gordon was a student of the late Emory B. Remington, graduating from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Studies at the Royal Conservatory in his hometown of Toronto and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada added a strong background to his early training.
He taught on the Faculty at the UBC School of Music from 1975 to 2007, graduating many students who have prominent positions in orchestras and educational institutions around North America.
During the summers Gordon has taught at the Banff Festival, Courtenay Music Centre, Saskatchewan Summer School, the Waterloo Festival Orchestra, under the baton of Gerard Schwarz in New Jersey, the SOAP & PRISMA Festivals in Powell River.
Gordon was the recipient of two Canada Council Awards, a four year Eastman School of Music Scholarship and was twice a finalist in the CBC Talent Festival. As a soloist he has performed with orchestras, bands and chamber groups including the Vancouver Symphony, the CBC Radio Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the VSO Brass Quintet, the Vancouver New Music Society and the UBC Wind Ensemble.
Gordon owns Cherry Classics Music, a publisher of high quality music for brass with over 700 works in the catalog. You can check out the website at www.CherryClassics.com.
Gordon has also performed for many movies and TV specials as a recording artist.
Gordon Cherry performs on a Shires (tenor) and Yamaha (alto & bass) trombones.