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Guy Touvron

Biography

Born: February 15, 1950; Vichy, France  
French trumpet virtuoso Guy Touvron has forged a highly successful career as a soloist, orchestral player, and teacher. As a soloist he has performed with the leading orchestras in Europe, sometimes appearing with ensembles he was once a member of. As a teacher he has been called one of the leading pedagogues of trumpet technique and interpretation France has ever produced. Indeed, he regularly holds master classes at major venues across the Read more globe, including at New York City (Juilliard), Manchester (Royal Northern College of Music), Oslo, Tokyo, and Nice. The busy Touvron also founded his own brass ensemble and has been prolific in the recording studio, having made more than 70 recordings spread over a range of labels, including EMI, Naxos, Erato, BMG, Philips, DG, and Decca. While many identify Touvron with Baroque repertory, particularly with the works of J.S. Bach, Albinoni, and Torelli, he has been quite active promoting contemporary music: nearly 30 compositions have been written for him, including works by Karol Beffa, Anthony Girard, Graciane Finzi, and Alain Margoni. Moreover, he has premiered major trumpet concertos by Ivan Jevtic, Charles Chaynes, Jacques Loussier, François Rauber, and Jérôme Naulais.

Guy Touvron was born in Vichy, France, on February 15, 1950. He began playing cornet at 10 and by his mid-teens was accomplished on both the cornet and trumpet. At 16 he enrolled at the Paris Conservatory of Music, where he studied under iconic trumpet virtuoso Maurice André.

Touvron won first prizes at the Conservatory in cornet playing (1968) and trumpet playing (1969). He was principal trumpet for the Orchestre National de Lyons from 1969-1971 and the French Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, from 1971-1974. Meanwhile, he entered competitions with almost unparalleled results: he captured first prizes at Munich (1972), Prague (1975), and Geneva (1976). In the midst of this success, he founded the Guy Touvron Brass Ensemble (1973) and joined the faculty at the Lyons Conservatory in 1974.

From the mid-'70s Touvron was active as a soloist and chamber player, particularly with his ensemble. In 1990 he left the Lyons Conservatory to take a teaching post at the Conservatoire National de Région in Paris. In the 1990s Touvron appeared on many successful recordings with fellow soloists, including the 1995 Shostakovich Concerto for piano, trumpet, and strings, with Martha Argerich (DG). In 2003 Touvron published a biography of Maurice André entitled Maurice André -- A Trumpet for Fame. Read less
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    The Baroque Collection
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 73420 Release Date: 10/22/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Giovanni Palestrina  ... 
    Performer:  Xavier Darasse,  Maurice André,  Guy Touvron,  Pierre Pierlot  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Auriacombe,  Jörg Faerber,  Jacques Roussel,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Chamber Orchestra,  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra,  Antiqua Musica  ... 
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    Baroque Treasures
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2579 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Pachelbel,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  David Daniels,  Chiara Bianchini,  Janet See,  Andrew Lawrence-King  ... 
    Conductor:  Emmanuelle Haďm,  Roger Norrington,  Andrew Parrott,  Richard Hickox  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Taverner Consort,  Concerto Cologne  ... 
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    Golden Trumpet - Best-loved Trumpet Concertos / Maurice Andre, Neville Marriner
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 7317422 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gottfried H. Stölzel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Giuseppe Torelli
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Bernard Soustrot,  Iona Brown,  Daniel Arrington  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jean-Pierre Wallez
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    Trumpet In Blue
    Label: Ligia   Catalog: 105231 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Daniel Guyot,  Leonard Bernstein,  Guy Touvron
    Performer:  Guy Touvron,  Chantal Riou,  Hervé Moreau,  Michel Glasko  ... 
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    Carnival In Venice - Touvron, Scimone, I Solisti Veneti
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 61815 Release Date: 12/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carlo Tessarini,  Renato Bellini,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Tartini  ... 
    Performer:  Guy Touvron
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti
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    Mozart: Father & Son
    Label: Ligia   Catalog: 105057 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Guy Touvron
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    Happy Birthday Guy Touvron
    Label: Ligia   Catalog: 105220 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Leopold Mozart,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Guy Touvron,  Olivier Vernet,  Nelly Cottin
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone
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    Maurice Andre Edition - Concertos Vol. 1
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 4695722 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Tartini  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Marcel Lagorce,  Lionel André,  Pierre Pierlot  ... 
    Conductor:  Theodor Guschlbauer,  Jean-François Paillard,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Karl Ristenpart  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra,  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.  ... 
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    50 Classical Music Favorites
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001388102 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Luigi Boccherini,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Heinz Holliger,  Italo Colandrea,  Antonio Perez,  Michael Copley  ... 
    Conductor:  Frans Brüggen,  Sir Colin Davis,  Kurt Masur,  Silvio Varviso  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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    Martha Argerich - The Collection 2 - The Concerto Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001319202 Release Date: 08/18/2009   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Guy Touvron,  Gidon Kremer
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Jörg Faerber,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Classic Trumpet- J Haydn, Hummel, Neruda, M Haydn / Touvron
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60858 Release Date: 03/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Johann Neruda,  Michael Haydn
    Performer:  Guy Touvron
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Chamber Orchestra
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    Loussier: Violin Concerto, Tableaux Vénitiens, Trumpet Concerto
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436798 Release Date: 01/21/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Loussier
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Wallez,  André Arpino,  Guy Touvron
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Chamber Orchestra
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    Guy Touvron - Molter: Trumpet Concertos / Jörg Faerber
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 61200 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Melchior Molter
    Performer:  Guy Messler,  Guy Touvron
    Conductor:  Jörg Faerber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
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    Poulenc: Complete Chamber Works / Tharaud, Van Spaendonck
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8505222 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Hervé Joulain,  Laurent Lefčvre,  Ronald van Spaendonck,  Olivier Doise  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre-Michel Durand
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    Peace On Earth - A Bavarian Christmas
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 61367 Release Date: 10/12/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Traditional,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Michala Petri,  Hanne Petri,  Elisabeth Norberg-Schulz,  Guy Touvron  ... 
    Conductor:  Enoch zu Guttenberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir,  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra,  Neubeuern Choral Society  ... 
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    Windows - Music For Trumpet And Organ / Touvron, Krapp
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 61186 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harald Genzmer,  Marius Constant,  Jean Langlais,  André Jolivet  ... 
    Performer:  Guy Touvron,  Edgar Krapp
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    Glory Of The Baroque Trumpet - Guy Touvron
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 24124 Release Date: 08/21/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gottfried August Homilius,  Giovanni B. Viviani,  Gio Bonaventura Viviani,  Jean Joseph Mouret  ... 
    Performer:  Guy Touvron,  Wolfgang Karius,  Yves Couffe,  Benoit Cambreling
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  • 18.
    The Best Baroque Album In The World...ever!
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54468 Release Date: 04/04/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Henry Purcell,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  George Malcolm,  Wayne Marshall,  Anthony Bailes,  Bob van Asperen  ... 
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Sir Philip Ledger,  Wolfgang Gönnenwein,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Menuhin Festival Orchestra,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble  ... 
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    Label: Thorofon   Catalog: 2457 Release Date: 10/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harald Genzmer
    Performer:  Margarita Höhenrieder,  Guy Touvron
    Conductor:  Jörg Faerber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
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    Poulenc: Complete Chamber Music Vol 4
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553614 Release Date: 11/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Pierre Laniau,  Hervé Joulain,  Alexandre Tharaud,  Pascal Delage  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre-Michel Durand
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    Poulenc: Complete Chamber Music Vol 3
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553613 Release Date: 07/18/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Ronald van Spaendonck,  André Moisan,  Alexandre Tharaud,  François Chaplin  ... 
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    Essential Bach
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 466465 Release Date: 06/13/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Raymond Leppard,  András Schiff,  Alicia De Larrocha,  José Luis Garcia  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard,  Raymond Agoult,  András Schiff,  Seiji Ozawa  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  New Symphony Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe  ... 
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    Shostakovich, Haydn: Piano Concertos / Argerich, Faerber
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439864 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Guy Touvron
    Conductor:  Jörg Faerber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
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    Baroque 1 - Albinoni: Concertos & Sonatas, Adagio
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 65337 Release Date: 02/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni
    Performer:  Xavier Darasse,  Maurice André,  Guy Touvron,  Pierre Pierlot
    Conductor:  Louis Auriacombe,  Jörg Faerber,  Jacques Roussel,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Chamber Orchestra,  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra,  Antiqua Musica  ... 
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    Baroque Collection - Handel, Vivaldi, Bach, Pachelbel, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67425 Release Date: 09/29/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Michel Richard Delalande  ... 
    Performer:  Michel Debost,  Lionel Rogg,  Elaine Shaffer,  Thierry Caens  ... 
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Raymond Leppard,  Jean-Pierre Wallez,  Louis Auriacombe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Paris Orchestral Ensemble  ... 
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