Thursday, 8 November 2012

Trumpet Player of the Week: Alison Balsom

Alison Balsom is a English professional classical trumpeter. She has been awarded many Classical BRIT awards including 'Female Artist of the Year' in 2009 and 2011. This award shows how she has shown the trumpet in a new light, as people seem to consider it as a 'male dominated' instrument.

Her main trumpet is a Malone-converted Bach C trumpet. She has a truly beautiful tone. I have been lucky enough to hear her play live and have also taken part in a workshop with her and she is definitely an inspiration.

My favourite albums by Alison are 'Haydn: Trumpet Concerto & Hummel: Trumpet Concerto' in which includes, in my opinion, some of the best recitals of a few different trumpet concertos and her new album 'Sound the Trumpet' in which she performs baroque trumpet music on a period instrument.

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