Adrián Nájera Coto began as principal bass trombonist with the Orquesta Sinfónica UANL in Monterrey, Mexico in May, 2010. Nájera Coto was the bass trombonist of Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería in Mexico, City during the 2012, 2013 and 2014 summer seasons. Professional engagements also include the Orquesta Filarmónica de Saltillo, Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago (training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Youth Orchestra of the Americas, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica, Orquesta Filarmónica de Costa Rica and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia. In 2013, Adrián was selected as a performer/participant for the Pokorny Low Brass Seminar in University of Redlands in Redlands, California.
His principal teachers have included Jay Friedman (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Charlie Vernon (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), John Mindeman (Western Illinois University) and members of Trombones de Costa Rica. As bass trombonist of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas in 2008 and 2010, Nájera Coto played in very renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, Teatro Nacional de Panamá, InterAmerican Development Bank and Basilica Sancti Petri in Vatican City. Further venues include Chicago Orchestra Hall, Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica, Teatro Degollado, Sala Nezahualcóyotl and Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City.
Adrián was awarded the Master of Music/Instrumental Performance degree from Western Illinois University and the Professional Diploma in Orchestral Studies/Bass Trombone from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. He also holds a Bachelor and a Major Licentiate of Music degrees in tenor/bass trombone performance from Universidad de Costa Rica, where he served as teaching assistant in the area of applied trombone. He has served as trombone professor at Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León and Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois; he currently teaches music theory at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico.
A passionate pedagogue, Nájera Coto has been involved in different outreach and advocacy programs such as Civic Orchestra of Chicago Music Corp, YOURS Project in Chicago and Boston based MESDA Group. He has taught individual lessons, master classes and brass sectionals in Colombia, Panama, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Costa Rica as well as in different cities in the US, including Chicago and Washington D.C. Nájera Coto is also featured in the website todotrombon.com , for which he writes articles on trombone pedagogy on a regular basis.