José brings an incredible level of artistry, humor and personality to the Blackbinder family. A native of Costa Rica, he studied at the New World School of the Arts and at the University of Miami under Gilbert Johnson’s mentorship. José’s vast musical repertoire and his masterful artistry make him a prominent figure in a new generation of musicians. He has held positions as principal trumpet with the Miami Symphony, the Sinfonietta de Caracas, Orquesta Sinfónica Venezuela, Palm Beach Symphony, Florida Grand Opera as well as a position with the Dallas Brass. José is active in Nashville’s musical scene. He has toured the world extensively with Ricky Martin’s band for eight years for tours “Vuelve” and “Living la Vida Loca”, as well as for Alejandro Sanz during his “No es lo Mismo” tour.
Mr. Sibaja appears in more than 300 commercial recordings with artists such as Celia Cruz, Gloria Estefan, Alejandro Sanz among others. José is known as one of the most highly acclaimed Costa Rican trumpet players of his generation with worldwide audiences and broadcast media in the Classical, Latin, Jazz, and Pop musical genres. Televised performances include the American Music Awards, the MTV Awards, the Grammy Awards, the Latin Grammy Awards, Conan O’Brien, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Today Show, Late Night with David Letterman, swell as numerous television appearances in more that 40 countries.
Jose Sibaja redefines the idea of a concert artist with a rich mix of stylistic genres surpassing the very stereotype of today’s classical musician. Most currently Mr. Sibaja can be heard with the Boston Brass on their album “Simple Gifts”, as we as on his solo album entitled “Spanish Air”. José Sibaja serves as a clinician and performing artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America, touring and teaching worlwide. He also holds the lead trumpet position for the world renown Boston Brass. Proclaimed internationally as “a major young talent, the next Wynton Marsalis”; José played his solo debut at age 17 with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and only five years of trumpet and music training, a trumpet prodigy. Mr.Sibaja has recently been appointed Associate Trumpet Professor with Tenure at the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.