Hecht, a native of Dallas, joined the DSO in September 2021. Prior to coming to Dallas, he held the bass trombone position with the Atlanta Symphony and Premier United States Navy Band in Washington, DC.
He has performed with other major ensembles throughout his career including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra,Ā Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra (under the baton of Simon Rattle), San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra,Ā Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,Ā National Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Washington National Opera, Lyric Opera of Baltimore and the Kennedy Center Ballet.
Hecht has been a featured soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, U.S. Navy Band, U.S. “Pershing’s Own” Army Band and Orchestra, the Armed Forces Octet at ITF 2018, Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble, Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, STS Professor’s Choir, University of Texas Trombone Choir, University of Georgia Trombone Choir, University of Central Arkansas Trombone Choir, Texas State University Trombone Choir, Penn State Trombone Choir and the Georgia Brass Band. He can be heard on several of the U.S. Navy Band’s CDs and DVDs as well as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s CDs Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem and Christopher Theofanidis’ Creation/Creator.
He has been the recipient of numerous performance awards including first prize at the 2009 Zellmer-Minnesota Orchestra Trombone Competition, 2009 Edwards Big 12 Bass Trombone Solo Competition and the ETWās 2009 Trombone Quartet Competition. In addition, he was a finalist in three major international competitions in 2009 including the ITAās Edward Kleinhammer Competition, the Donald Yaxley Competition and the International Trombone Quartet Competition.
Hecht received his Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, where he studied with Michael Mulcahy, Charles Vernon and Peter Ellefson. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Dr. Nathaniel Brickens. Other influential teachers include Jon Bohls of the Dallas Metroplex area and Charles Villarrubia at UT-Austin.
Brian has been a regular Guest Artist/Faculty at the Southeast Trombone Symposium since 2014. Most recently he was a Featured Artist at the 2019 Hungarian Trombone Bootcamp in Budapest, Hungary. In addition, he has been a Featured Artist at the International Trombone Festival, Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival (Jeju, South Korea), Korea Trombone Symposium (Seoul, South Korea), Jinbao International Music Festival (Tianjin, China), Festival of Trombones (Dallas, TX) and the American Trombone Workshop (Washington, D.C.).