American trombonist Kevin Fairbairn performs regularly throughout central Europe, and specializes in the performance of contemporary and experimental music. In 2013 he moved to Switzerland to work with Mike Svoboda at the Musik Akademie der Stadt Basel. Since then he has performed regularly as a freelance trombonist with Klangforum Wien and Collegium Novum Zürich, where he is a member.
He collaborates frequently with young composers and has premiered many pieces. He is committed to the exploration of new techniques and media in the language of contemporary trombone, and develops these ideas in solo, multimedia, and improvisation settings.
Kevin Fairbairn has also worked as a brass instrument maker. He apprenticed with George McCracken in Barhamsville, Virginia, and also worked for the S.E. Shires Company in Boston. He has built and repaired all manner of brass instruments and performs on a trombone of his own design and construction.
He studied in America at the University of Maryland, College Park, Bowling Green State University, and Boston University, and since 2014 has lived in Vienna. Since 2016 he is working towards a PhD from Leiden University through the docARTEs program of the Orpheus Institute in Ghent.