Alison Balsom


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 Hĺkan 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
Browse 1-23 of 23 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    Sound of Piazzolla
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 561762 Release Date: 05/26/2017  
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla
    Performer:  Alison Balsom,  Martha Argerich,  David Aaron Carpenter,  Jacques Ammon  ... 
    Conductor:  Edward Gardner,  Christina Pluhar,  Rolf Gupta,  Gidon Kremer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Cellos,  Artemis String Quartet  ... 
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  • 2.
    Jubilo / Balsom, Academy of Ancient Music, Choir of King's College Cambridge
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 558211 Release Date: 11/04/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Friedrich Fasch,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Giuseppe Torelli,  Arcangelo Corelli
    Performer:  Alison Balsom
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  • 3.
    Legende: Works for Trumpet & Piano / Balsom, Poster
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 555933 Release Date: 06/03/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Françaix,  George Enescu,  Alexander Goedicke,  Peter Maxwell Davies  ... 
    Performer:  Alison Balsom,  Tom Poster
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    Karl Jenkins: Voices
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552553 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Karl Jenkins,  Unspecified,  Spoken Word
    Performer:  Jody K. Jenkins,  Mike Taylor,  Miriam Stockley,  Mary [Soprano Vocal] Carewe  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Jenkins,  Pasi Hyökki,  Robert Lewis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Adiemus Wind and Brass,  EMO Ensemble,  Excelsis
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    Still With The Music: The Album
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552552 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karl Jenkins
    Performer:  Karl Jenkins,  Miriam Stockley,  Jody K. Jenkins,  Frank Ricotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Long,  Pasi Hyökki,  Robert S. J. Wright,  Robert Childs  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  EMO Ensemble,  The Cory Band,  Tenebrae (Vocal Ensemble)  ... 
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    English Hymn Anthems / Cleobury, King’s College Choir
    Label: King's College Choir   Catalog: 4 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles H. Parry,  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Edward Bairstow,  Percy Whitlock  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Cleobury,  Alison Balsom,  Stephen Cleobury
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Cambridge King's College Choir
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  • 7.
    Paris / Alison Balsom
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 632789 Release Date: 09/23/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Satie,  Astor Piazzolla,  Michel Legrand,  Olivier Messiaen  ... 
    Performer:  Alison Balsom,  Milos Karadaglic,  Al Cherry,  Grant Windsor
    Conductor:  Guy Barker,  Tim Redmond
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guy Barker Orchestra
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  • 8.
    The Sound of Alison Balsom
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 19162 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Giuseppe Torelli,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Alison Balsom,  Alastair Ross,  Colm Carey,  Iestyn Davies
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  Edward Gardner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  Scottish Ensemble,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 79914 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Jake Heggie,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Joyce DiDonato,  Philippe Jaroussky,  Christina [Soprano Vocals] Landshamer  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Marco Armiliato,  Patrick Summers,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus,  English Concert,  tenThing (Brass Ensemble)  ... 
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  • 10.
    Sound the Trumpet / Alison Balsom, Trevor Pinnock, English Concert
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 40329 Release Date: 10/22/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Alison Balsom,  Iestyn Davies,  Lucy Crowe
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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    Essential Encores
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 05149 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Bazzini,  Niccolň Paganini,  Fritz Kreisler,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Vag Papian,  Maxim Vengerov,  Michael Rabin,  John Lenehan  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Rudolf Kempe,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi,  Nash Ensemble
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  • 12.
    Seraph - Arutiunian, MacMillan, Takemitsu, Zimmermann: Concertos / Alison Balsom
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 6785902 Release Date: 02/07/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James MacMillan,  Toru Takemitsu,  Alexander Arutiunian,  Bernd Alois Zimmermann  ... 
    Performer:  Alison Balsom
    Conductor:  Lawrence Renes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble,  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Classical 2012 / Angela Gheorghiu, David Fray, Alison Balsom, Jonas Kaufmann
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6804032 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Natalie Dessay,  Alison Balsom  ... 
    Conductor:  Marco Armiliato,  Antonio Pappano,  Emmanuelle Haďm,  Alison Balsom  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble,  Les Talens Lyriques,  I Barocchisti  ... 
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  • 14.
    Essential Brass - Trumpet
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94896 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  George Frideric Handel,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  John Wilbraham,  Maurice André,  Angela East,  Crispian Steele-Perkins  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg Faerber,  Richard Hickox,  Alison Balsom  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble
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  • 15.
    The Very Best Of Karl Jenkins
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 95058 Release Date: 05/03/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Karl Jenkins
    Performer:  Tim Thorne,  Gary Kettel,  Catrin Finch,  Guy Johnston  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Jenkins,  John Owen Edwards
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantorion,  Adiemus Wind and Brass,  EMO Ensemble
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    Classical 2011
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 97577 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Gioachino Rossini,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Placido Domingo,  Joyce DiDonato,  Geoffrey Parsons  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson,  Eugene Kohn,  Eduardo Müller,  Robert Prizeman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble,  Quatuor Ebčne
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  • 17.
    Italian Concertos / Alison Balsom
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 56094 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Benedetto Marcello,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Arthur Benjamin  ... 
    Performer:  Alison Balsom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble
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  • 18.
    Best Wedding 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64262 Release Date: 06/16/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Markus Klinko,  Ian Brown,  Christopher van Kampen,  Susan Tomes  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Reginald Kilbey,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Stephen Cleobury  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble,  Vienna String Sextet Members,  Ensemble Berlin  ... 
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  • 19.
    Best Encores 100
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 64752 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Alexander Goedicke,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Teodor Grigoriu,  Ernesto De Curtis  ... 
    Performer:  Ole Edvard Antonsen,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Placido Domingo,  Cheryl Studer  ... 
    Conductor:  John Barker,  Asher Fisch,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Franz Welser-Möst  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  National Theater Opera Orchestra of Paris  ... 
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  • 20.
    Haydn, Hummel, Torelli, Neruda: Trumpet Concertos / Alison Balsom
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 16213 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Johann Neruda,  Giuseppe Torelli
    Performer:  Alison Balsom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
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  • 21.
    Caprice - Alison Balsom / Gardner, Gothenburg Symphony
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 53255 Release Date: 10/03/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Astor Piazzolla,  Oskar Lindberg,  Jean-Baptiste Arban  ... 
    Performer:  Alison Balsom
    Conductor:  Edward Gardner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Bach: Works For Trumpet / Alison Balsom, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 58047 Release Date: 01/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gottfried H. Stölzel
    Performer:  Alison Balsom,  Colm Carey,  Mark Caudle,  Alina Ibragimova  ... 
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  • 23.
    Debut - Music For Trumpet And Organ / Balsom, Thomas
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 75683 Release Date: 02/04/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir George Thalben-Ball,  Petr Eben,  Olivier Messiaen,  Henri Tomasi  ... 
    Performer:  Quentin Thomas,  Alison Balsom
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