Daniel Cloutier, born and raised in New England, started playing trombone at the age of 13. Within three years he was performing professionally in the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, beginning a long and peripatetic orchestral career. Recent positions have included the Oregon and New Orleans symphonies; Minnesota Opera; Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; Minnesota Orchestra; and the Knoxville and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras. He has also been a guest member of the trombone sections of the Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago and Dallas symphony orchestras; Philadelphia Orchestra; and Washington National Opera.
Cloutier received his Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University, his Master of Music Degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from West Virginia University. A Schilke Performing Artist, Cloutier is Principal Trombone of the Grant Park Orchestra in Chicago, a position he has held for 19 years.
Cloutier has performed with Neeme Jaarvi, Edo DeWaart, Wolfgang Sawallish, Marin Alsop, Simon Rattle, Alondra de la Parra, Leonard Slatkin, Jaap van Zweden and Maxim Shostakovich. Cloutier’s first solo CD—Sideways Glances for Solo Trombone and Synthesized sounds—was released in 2016. In addition to his premier of Sideways Glances by Kenneth A. Jacobs, he premiered Dance to the Music of Time by Wesley Ward and Precipice by Stephen Taylor. Cloutier has composed two trombone quartets, one brass quintet and one short work for brass choir.
Daniel will be joining the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as a guest musician for the 2018-19 Season.