Joseph Bastian was born on November 9, 1981 in Forbach, France. At the age of seven he was already taking trombone and cello lessons at the Forbach Music School before he started his studies at the Conservatory in Metz, where he additionally received instruction in Composition.
From 1999 to 2005 he studied at the HFM (Music Academy) of the Saar in Saarbrücken with Prof. Henning Wiegräbe. While still a student he played with the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, the Young German Philharmonic, the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and, in 2002, became a member of the Munich Philharmonic’s Music Academy. In September of 2003 he won the 1st prize in the Walter Gieseking Competition at the Music Academy of the Saar.
Joseph Bastian has played with such orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, the Bavarian State Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of the SWR in Stuttgart, the German Symphony Orchestra in Berlin, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva, as well as the German Brass ensemble.
In the 2003/2004 season he was bass and contra bass trombonist in the Orchestra of the National Theatre in Mannheim.
Besides his activity in the orchestra he also specializes in the field of early music and regularly plays in a variety of ensembles on the baroque trombone, the ophikleide and the serpent. Since 2006 he serves at the State Academy of Music in Stuttgart.
Since November 2004 Joseph Bastuian has been a member of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.