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Abbie Conant
was recognized as especially talented at an early age and received a scholarship to the Interlochen Arts Academy, where she received a diploma in 1973. In 1977 she received her Bachelor´s Degree (cum Laude) from Temple University where she studied with Dee Stewart of the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 1976 she studied at Yale University, and in 1979 she received her Master´s Degree from the Juilliard School in New York City where she studied with Per Brevig of the Metropolotian Opera. In that same year she was a finalist in the Young Artists Competition in New York City. In 1979 she studied with Vinko Globokar at the L´Accademia di Chigiana in Siena. In 1984 she received a diploma from the Meisterklasse of Branimir Slokar at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Köln.

In 1979-1980 she was solo trombonist of the Royal Opera of Turin. From 1980 to 1993 she was solo trombonist of the Munich Philharmonic.

The International Trombone Association Journal has featured Abbie Conant in a cover article and described her as ”in the first rank of world class trombonists”. She has recorded a highly acclaimed CD of trombone and organ music and performs internationally as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and performance artist, including appearances with the Hessische Rundfunk Symphonie Orchester, the Münchner Kammerorchester, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the St. Joseph´s Symphony, and the Halle Symphony Orchestra. Her work as a performance artist has taken her to most of the large state theaters in Germany, where she has performed to great critical and public acclaim. She has been nominated for the professorships of trombone at the state colleges of music in Köln, Berlin, and Graz.

In 1985 she was a featured solist at the Semaine Internationale du Trombone et du Tuba in Metz. In 1990 she was selected by her peers as a featured soloist at the Internationale Posaunen Verein Werkstatt at the Bundsakademie in Trossingen, where she was also asked to deliver a lecture, ”Die Posaune als Dramatikerin” (”The trombone as Actress”). In 1992 Abbie Conant was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Trombone Association by its 3000 professional members, a group of ten trombonists representing the highest professional standards. In both 1992 and 1995 she was selected to be a featured soloist at the International Trombone Association Workshops in Detmold, Germany, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

In the recent years she has performed as a soloist in over 155 American and European cities. These performances have been written about in articles in countless publications, including the Washtington Post and the Wall Street Journal.

Because of her international reputation Abbie Conant’s highly acclaimed ”International Trombone Camp” draws students from all over the world. In 1992 Abbie Conant was featured in the cover article of The Trombonist, the journal of the British Trombone Society.

In 1992 the Baden-Würtenburg State Ministry for Education, in recognition of her international reputation as a trombonist, named her full tenured Professor of Trombone at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen where she replaced Branimir Slokar. In 1996 Abbie was elected as Vice-President/President Elect of the International Trombone Association, though it has been necessary for her to resign to fulfill the obligations of her solo career.