James Markey joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as bass trombonist in August 2012. Having joined the trombone section of the New York Philharmonic in 1997 as associate principal trombone, he became the Philharmonic's bass trombonist in 2007. Previously, he was principal trombone of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony.
Mr. Markey has had numerous solo appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, United States Army Band, Hora Decima Brass Ensemble, New York Staff Band of the Salvation Army, and the Hanover Wind Symphony. A sought-after educator, Mr. Markey has been a featured artist at the International Trombone Festival, the Eastern Trombone Workshop and the conferences of the New Jersey Music Educators Association, and the New York State School Music Association. He has also appeared as a guest recitalist and clinician at major educational institutions, including the University of Toronto's Glenn Gould School, Manhattan School of Music, James Madison University, the University of Calgary and Mount Royal College, Rutgers University, and the Boston Conservatory.
He serves on the faculties of the Juilliard School and the Mannes College of Music. He was on the faculty of the Juilliard School's Pre-College Division from 1998 to 2007, and has served on the faculties of New York University, SUNY-Purchase, Montclair State University, and Sarah Lawrence College.
James Markey has released three solo recordings: Offroad, on tenor trombone, released in 2003; On Base, a solo bass trombone recording, released in 2009; and an education album of orchestral excerpts for bass trombone titled The Bass Trombonists's Listening Guide: Excerpts from the Opera and the Orchestra, with Denson Paul Pollard. He can also be heard as a soloist on the Hora Decima Brass Ensemble's recording of Janko Nilović's Concerto for Two Trombones.
Mr. Markey studied with Joseph Alessi at the Juilliard School, where he received his bachelor and master of music degrees in 2005 and 2006.