Born in Melfort, Saskatchewan, and raised in Regina, Colin Traquair has been second trombone with the National Arts Centre Orchestra since 1989. He also played four seasons with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, and was principal trombone with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra from 1995-2002.
Studying with Frank Crisafulli and Arnold Jacobs, he received his Master's degree from Northwestern University in 1988 and his Bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 1985. Additionally, he studied in Berlin with Christhard Gössling, principal trombone of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Colin has performed as soloist with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and in the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, and has performed with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony Nova Scotia. He is also a co-founder of the Ottawa-based Capital BrassWorks. Colin is a Yamaha Performing Artist.