Tovy Meshoulam began his professional career as lead trombone player in the Israel Defense Forces Orchestra, and subsequently worked for more than three decades as a freelance musician in various styles and fields. He has played in classical orchestras, on radio and TV shows, in musical theater productions and on numerous albums by top Israeli artists.
Tovy has played lead trombone in the Tel-Aviv Big Band, as well as in the “Front Drive” jazz group. He has also lead innovative jazz ensembles, which have performed and recorded his original compositions and artistic arrangements in the albums "Acoustics" and "Eternally Spontaneous".
Tovy was a member of the Israeli Philharmonic Trombone Quartet. Later on, he established his own trombone quartet which has recorded the albums "Slide By Slide" and "The Seventh Dimension". This ensemble was awarded scholarships from the America-Israel Culture Foundation and from the Israeli Union of Wind Orchestra Conductors.
Tovy holds a Master’s degree in composition from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. In addition, he was awarded full scholarships as a trombone player and as a jazz arranger from the America-Israel Culture Foundation. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by symphony orchestras, big bands, chamber ensembles and solo artists.
For more than thirty years, Tovy has been a highly respected conductor and music educator in Israel. He currently serves as the head of the music department at Katzir High School in Rehovot and as the musical director of the wind ensemble of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance High School.
The Tovy Meshoulam Trombone Quartet was founded in 1992. Tovy Meshoulam – composer, arranger, conductor and music instructor – formed the ensemble based on the belief that high musical standards can be achieved through constant dedication and hard work. Performing chamber music, which requires extreme sensitivity and care, needs rigorous training and regular rehearsals, as this ensemble practices.
Apart from Tovy, the members of the quartet were all his former students. The musicians’ common background as Tovy’s students and having all played under his guidance in a trombone choir and big band has helped the quartet develop a common musical concept and taste.
During the years of its existence, this ensemble has held numerous concerts around Israel, and has enjoyed much praise and appreciation from its audiences. Various musical institutions have also acknowledged the quartet’s achievements, and it has received scholarships both from the America-Israel cultural fund and from the Israeli Union of Brass Band Conductors (EITAN). In concerts, the quartet’s goal has always been to encourage young Trombone players, to promote the image of the instrument and to bring audiences closer to chamber music.
The group’s repertoire covers a wide variety of musical style from different periods, ranging from classical to contemporary music, from Jazz compositions to artistic arrangements of songs, and featuring many compositions written originally for trombone quartets, including some written or arranged by Tovy Meshoulam especially for this group.
The quartet has recorded two albums: Slide by Slide (1998) and The Seventh Dimension (2000). Both albums focus on Jazz and modern music and feature original compositions and arrangements. The albums have won many praises from music professionals and have had been aired on the radio on several occasions. Rather than focusing on the trombone quartet as an ensemble, these albums center on the music and musical statement.