Jessica was the first prize winner of the international trombone competition” Concours Branimir Slokar 2000” in Switzerland and “Lieksa Trombone Competition 1998” in Finland where she amazed the judges with her beautiful tone and crystal clear articulations. She also received third prize at”Concorso Internazionale Giovani Concertisti 2000” in Porcia, Italy. Jessica studied at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden with Ingemar Roos and Christian Lindberg.
She received her soloist diploma in 2002 performing Christopher Rouse’s Trombone Concerto with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, only accomplished by one other trombonist in Sweden’s history. Jessica also studied in France with Michael Bequet and in Chicago with Arnold Jacobs, Jay Friedman, and Edward Kleinhammer. During her stay in Chicago she was a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra where she worked with such great conductors as Pierre Boulez and Daniel Barenboim.
Jessica received the Swedish honour prize “ Kristallen den fina”(Crystal Prize) in 2002 with the following motivation: “With engagement and success she has made valuable achievements in contemporary music. Her artistic personality is characterized by a strong presence and an intense, warm, sound, distinctive, like the crystal itself, reflecting warmth, force, luminosity, and long resonance.”
Jessica is a member of Trombone Unit 2000, a group hand picked by Christian Lindberg, and when performing at the International Trombone Conference in Denton, Texas the reviewer wrote;- one of the absolute highlights of the concert was the Carmen Suite, featuring Jessica Buzbee. Her alto trombone playing was simply tremendous.
Jessica also performed as a soloist at the 2003 International Trombone Conference in Helsinki, Finland, with great success, sharing a recital with Jay Friedman. Jessica has been recorded on many occasions and can also be heard playing a duet with Christian Lindberg on his CD Christian Lindberg and Friends Play. Jessica has performed with all the major orchestra of Sweden and in other parts of Europe. She recently won a position in the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.
In her spare time Jessica enjoys reading, craft work, playing with her four boys and trying to help her husband Buzz to get into the many position of Yoga, he’s helpless.