In the Fall of 2009, Jim joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as its Second/Utility Trombone. Before joining the PSO, Jim served 8 seasons as the Assistant Principal/Second Trombonist of the Utah Symphony Orchestra.
Jim began playing the trombone at age nine in his home state of Connecticut. As a child he received his early musical exposure and training from his father, Anesti Nova. During high school, Jim received strong musical background from his band director, Louis Lazzerini, the Assistant Principal/Second Bassoonist of the Hartford Symphony. Jim studied with his first private trombone teacher, Assistant Principal/Second Trombonist of the Hartford Symphony George Sanders, for his four years of high school.
After graduating high school in 1992, he attended the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Jim received his Bachelor's Degree there studying with the Philadelphia Orchestra's then Principal Trombonist Glenn Dodson. In 1996, Jim moved to Boston to pursue a Master's Degree on a full scholarship at the New England Conservatory of Music, studying with then Boston Symphony Orchestra trombonist, Norman Bolter. In addition to his college education, James attended the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan in 1994 and was also a member of the Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship Orchestra for three summers, from 1996-1998. After finishing his Masters degree in 1998, he freelanced in Boston for several years, substituting on a regular basis with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra, often making recordings and television broadcasts with both groups. In 2001, Jim moved to Salt Lake City to join the Utah Symphony Orchestra.
For the past 13 years (the last 8 years as Principal Trombone), Jim has played with the Boston Esplanade Orchestra as much as his schedule allows, and has thoroughly enjoyed playing at the Grand Teton Music Festival for the past five summers. He is also the former second trombonist of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra in Orange County, California, former principal of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, former principal of the Vermont Symphony, and former assistant principal of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.
Jim's solo recording "Albanian Rhapsody" is a debut in both performance and composition for the father and son team, composer Anesti Nova and trombonist James Nova. All but one piece in this world premiere collection of compositions is for solo trombone and either string or chamber orchestra. The music is ethnically charged, deriving much influence and flavor from Jim and Anesti's strong Albanian background. It is at times tragic, languid and yet uplifting as it chronicles (with the trombone as storyteller) the journey of the Nova family through hardships and eventual triumph over adversity. Visit Jim's website, www.jimnova.com for more info.
Jim performs primarily on an S.E. Shires large bore tenor trombone: 2GM bell, Axial Flow Valve, TB47 slide, 2.5 lead pipe and a Greg Black Custom mouthpiece.