Originally from New Zealand, Blair moved to the United Kingdom in 2005 where he completed a Masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London under tutors Ian Bousfield, Denis Wick and Dudley Bright. He graduated with a DipRAM, the highest accolade awarded to performers. Blair then moved to Norway to take up the Principal Trombone position with the Stavanger Symfoniorkester, a position he held for nearly 3 years. Following this Blair moved back to England to join the Orchestra of Opera North as Principal Trombone in 2012.
Blair has performed as guest Principal Trombone with many of Britain’s best orchestras, including the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Halle, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia and English National Opera.