Alison Balsom

Biography

Born: 1978; Hertfordshire, England  
Alison Balsom must be counted among the most popular Classical trumpeters before the public today. Yet, she has gained wide international recognition only since the turn of the century. Her first recording, Music for Trumpet and Organ, was issued in 2002, and her first major award was given to her in 2006, when the jurors of the Classical BRIT Awards named her Young British Classical Performer. Other awards and citations followed and her concert Read more appearances quickly became major events across England, Europe, Asia, and the U.S. Of course, her supermodel looks and charismatic manner haven't hurt her career, but in the end it has been her talent on the trumpet, forged by an all-encompassing technique and deft interpretive sense, that landed her at the top. Balsom's repertory is broad, taking in a mixture of original works and arrangements of music by J.S. Bach, Purcell, Haydn, Mozart, Hummel, Debussy, Rachmaninov, de Falla, Messiaen, and many others. She has recorded for EMI and Hyperion.

Alison Balsom was born in the English county of Hertfordshire in 1978. She grew up in Royston, where she began study of the trumpet in her early childhood. At nine she began lessons with Adrian Jacobs at Greneway School in Royston, and four years later enrolled in the Junior department at the Guildhall School of Music, where her most important teacher was John Miller.

From ages 15-18 she played in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and from 1997-2001 she studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where her teachers included Stephen Keavy and Paul Benniston. Later studies were at the Paris Conservatory of Music and Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Balsom also studied privately with Håkan Hardenberger, from 2001-2004.

During her student years Balsom played in several orchestral ensembles and became a concerto finalist in the 1998 BBC Young Musicians Competition. Following the release of her first album on EMI, she began drawing attention not only across England, but internationally, as well.

Balsom next signed an exclusive contract with EMI, and her second recording, Bach Works for Trumpet, was issued in 2005 to rave reviews. In 2006 she was awarded Solo CD of the Year by Brass Band World Magazine for her album Caprice. Balsom's 2009 concert schedule reflects her in-demand status with tours at major venues in England, Germany, Russia, Turkey, the U.S., and elsewhere across the globe. Read less

Biography

Born: 1978; Hertfordshire, England  
Alison Balsom must be counted among the most popular Classical trumpeters before the public today. Yet, she has gained wide international recognition only since the turn of the century. Her first recording, Music for Trumpet and Organ, was issued in 2002, and her first major award was given to her in 2006, when the jurors of the Classical BRIT Awards named her Young British Classical Performer. Other awards and citations followed and her concert Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Messiaen: Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jésus: (Le Baiser de l'Enfant Jésus): II. Modéré
Messiaen: Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jésus: (Le Baiser de l'Enfant Jésus): III. Modéré
King Arthur Suite, Z. 628, Act 5: Trumpet Tune
King Arthur Suite, Z. 628, Act 5: Symphony
King Arthur Suite, Z. 628, Act 2: "Shepherd, Shepherd, Leave Decoying"
King Arthur Suite, Z. 628, Act 5: Warlike Consort
King Arthur Suite, Z. 628, Act 5: Fairest isle
Concerto in D Major, BWV 972 - after Vivaldi: I. Allegro
Concerto in D Major, BWV 972 - after Vivaldi: II. Adagio
Concerto in D Major, BWV 972 - after Vivaldi: III. Allegro assai
Trumpet Concerto in D Major: I. Allegro
Trumpet Concerto in D Major: II. Adagio - Presto - Allegro
Trumpet Concerto in D Major: III. Allegro
Sonata da Chiesa in D Minor, Op. 4: I. Grave
Sonata da Chiesa in D Minor, Op. 4: II. Allegro
Sonata da Chiesa in D Minor, Op. 4: II. Largo
Sonata da Chiesa in D Minor, Op. 4: IV. Allegro
Oboe Concerto in C Minor: I. Allegro moderato
Oboe Concerto in C Minor: II. Adagio
Oboe Concerto in C Minor: III. Allegro
King Arthur Suite, Z. 628, Act 1: Overture
King Arthur Suite, Z. 628, Act 1: Come if you dare
King Arthur Suite, Z. 628, Act 5: Symphony
King Arthur Suite, Z. 628, Act 2: "Shepherd, Shepherd, Leave Decoying"
King Arthur Suite, Z. 628, Act 5: Round thy shores
King Arthur Suite, Z. 628, Act 5: Trumpet Tune
King Arthur Suite, Z. 628, Act 5: Fairest isle
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 - Suite of Musicks and Dances: Symphony
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 - Suite of Musicks and Dances, Second Musick: Rondo
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 - Suite of Musicks and Dances, Act 1: Jig
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 - Suite of Musicks and Dances, Act 5: Prelude
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 - Suite of Musicks and Dances, Act 5: Chaconne and Chorus
Water Music, Suite in D Major, HWV 349: I. Overture
Water Music, Suite in D Major, HWV 349: II. Gigue (Allegro)
Water Music, Suite in D Major, HWV 349: III. Minuet (Aria)
Water Music, Suite in D Major, HWV 349: IV. Bourée
Water Music, Suite in D Major, HWV 349: V. March No. 2 (Partenope, HWV 27)
Oboe Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Major: I. Adagio
Oboe Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Major: II. Allegro
Oboe Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Major: III. Siciliana (Largo)
Oboe Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Major: IV. Vivace
Violin Sonata da Chiesa in D Minor: Grave
Violin Sonata da Chiesa in D Minor: Allegro
Violin Sonata da Chiesa in D Minor: Largo
Violin Sonata da Chiesa in D Minor: Allegro
[Violin] Concerto in A minor RV356: I - Allegro
[Violin] Concerto in A minor RV356: II - Largo
[Violin] Concerto in A minor RV356: III - Presto
[Oboe] Concerto in C minor: I. Allegro moderato
[Oboe] Concerto in C minor: II. Adagio
[Oboe] Concerto in C minor: III. Allegro
[Oboe] Concerto in B flat major Op.7 No.3: I - Allegro
[Oboe] Concerto in B flat major Op.7 No.3: II - Adagio
[Oboe] Concerto in B flat major Op.7 No.3: III - Allegro
[Oboe] Concerto in C minor (freely arr. by Arthur Benjamin): Introduzione (Larghetto)
[Oboe] Concerto in C minor (freely arr. by Arthur Benjamin): Allegro
[Oboe] Concerto in C minor (freely arr. by Arthur Benjamin): Siciliana
[Oboe] Concerto in C minor (freely arr. by Arthur Benjamin): Allegro giusto
[Violin] Concerto in G major RV310: Allegro
[Violin] Concerto in G major RV310: Largo
[Violin] Concerto in G major RV310: Allegro
Trumpet concerto in D major D53 (originally for Violin): Allegro
Trumpet concerto in D major D53 (originally for Violin): Andante
Trumpet concerto in D major D53 (originally for Violin): Allegro Grazioso
Concerto after Sonata da Chiesa in D minor: Grave
Concerto after Sonata da Chiesa in D minor: Allegro
Concerto after Sonata da Chiesa in D minor: Largo
Concerto after Sonata da Chiesa in D minor: Allegro
Concerto in E flat major for Trumpet and Orchestra (1806): I. Allegro con spirito
Concerto in E flat major for Trumpet and Orchestra (1806): II. Andante
Concerto in E flat major for Trumpet and Orchestra (1806): III. Rondo
Concerto in E flat for Trumpet & Orchestra Hob. VII e:I: Allegro
Concerto in E flat for Trumpet & Orchestra Hob. VII e:I: Andante
Concerto in E flat for Trumpet & Orchestra Hob. VII e:I: Finale. Allegro
Concerto for Trumpet & Orchestra in D major "Estienne Roger": I. Allegro
Concerto for Trumpet & Orchestra in D major "Estienne Roger": II. Adagio - Presto - Allegro
Concerto for Trumpet & Orchestra in D major "Estienne Roger": III. Allegro
7 Canciones populares españolas: El paño moruno
7 Canciones populares españolas: Seguidilla murciana
7 Canciones populares españolas: Asturiana
7 Canciones populares españolas: Jota
7 Canciones populares españolas: Nana
7 Canciones populares españolas: Cancíon
7 Canciones populares españolas: Polo
Concerto in D Major (after Vivaldi) BWV 972: Allegro
Concerto in D Major (after Vivaldi) BWV 972: Adagio
Concerto in D Major (after Vivaldi) BWV 972: Allegro Assai
Trio Sonata in C Major BWV 529: Allegro
Trio Sonata in C Major BWV 529: Largo
Trio Sonata in C Major BWV 529: Allegro
Concerto in C minor (after Marcello) BWV 974: Allegro
Concerto in C minor (after Marcello) BWV 974: Largo
Concerto in C minor (after Marcello) BWV 974: Presto


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