Trombonist, conductor and educator Dr. James C. Lebens holds a Bachelor of Music as well as a Master of Music degree from the prestigious Juilliard School of Music in New York where he studied with Dr. Per Brevig, principal trombone of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Following two years of residency at the Banff Festival of Fine Arts collaborating with numerous world class musicians, Dr. Lebens began teaching at the University of Washington while earning a Doctorate in Musical Arts from this institution, studying with contemporary trombone authority Stuart Dempster.
Dr. Lebens was appointed Professor of Brass Instruments at Laval University, Quebec City, in 2003. He is a founding member of the Laval University Brass Quintet and the Quebec Wind and Percussion Ensemble, both being ensembles in residence at Laval University. He has recorded as soloist and chamber musician on the labels Albany Records, ATMA, MIREs, and SNE among others, has been heard on numerous broadcasts by the Société Radio-Canada, and has performed as recitalist and as soloist with orchestras and wind ensembles across Canada, the United States, Europe, Mexico, Brazil and China, as well as giving master classes in these venues. He has commissioned many new works with such distinguished composers as Iannis Xenakis, Eric Ewazen, Canadian composers Denis Dion and Robert Lemay, and Brazilian composer Marcilio Onofre.
James C. Lebens has recorded the CD, EWAZEN LEBENS EKLUND play EWAZEN (Albany Records), which contains several works written for him or adapted for him. These works have been recorded in collaboration with the composer himself on piano, as well as world renowned trumpet player, Niklas Eklund.
James C. Lebens and Niklas Eklund also recorded, the Double Concerto of the same American composer Eric Ewazen with the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra in Prague under the direction of Charles Olivieri-Munroe.
In June 2012, Mr. Lebens gave the world premier of the concerto he commissioned from composer Eric Ewazen, Songs of the Sun, inspired by Brazilian rhythms, with the Orquestra de Bahia in Salvador Brazil under the baton of Per Brevig.
Dr. Lebens was recently named a Yamaha artist and performs exclusively on their instruments.