Achilles Liarmakopoulos is the trombonist of the legendary Canadian Brass. Achilles has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia, performing and educating in the world’s most important venues and institutions.
Achilles holds degrees from the Yale University School of Music, Curtis Institute of Music, San Francisco Conservatory and the Philippos Nakas Conservatory in his hometown of Athens, Greece. Upon completion of his studies, he won the position of principal trombone of the Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra. Achilles has also performed with the Malaysian Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony and European Union Youth Orchestra, among many others.
As a recitalist, Achilles has performed in China, Panama, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Austria, Finland, Greece and the US, having been awarded honors at competitions around the globe. At the age of 18, he gave two solo performances at Walt Disney Hall as the Grand Prize Winner of the Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition judged by members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has gone on to win prizes at the Christian Lindberg International Competition, the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe (YMFE) and the International Trombone Festival’s Robert Marsteller/Conn-Selmer and Larry Wiehe solo competitions, to name a few. Achilles was also awarded the Alexandros S. Onassis Foundation and Greek State Scholarship Foundation educational scholarships.
His discography includes 3 solo albums, -“Trombone Atrevido” dedicated to Choro music from Brazil, “Discoveries” with contemporary works on the ODEG label, “Tango Distinto” with Astor Piazzolla’s music on the NAXOS label – 4 recordings with the Canadian Brass and numerous appearances on classical, pop, Latin, and other albums.
Also he occasionally tours with the world renowned Pink Martini and he has also performed with salsa icon Ruben Blades.
As part of an exclusive agreement between the Conn-Selmer Corporation and Canadian Brass, Achilles performs on a 24-karat gold-plated Bach 42B trombone.
He is also an adjunct trombone professor at Brooklyn College at CUNY University in NY