Simon Desbruslais

Simon is a true trumpet virtuoso, but more- a multifaceted and multi-talented musician, writer, musicologist and creative thinker. He has the vision to create and develop fascinating artistic projects and commissions, the tenacity to make them happen and the consummate artistry to make them come alive for listeners - Kenneth Woods, conductor

‘Simon Desbruslais’s performance leaves nothing to be desired: it is musically compelling and technically very impressive.’ - Musicweb International (2011)

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‘It was a great surprise, sitting down in front of the TV on Christmas Eve, to see and hear my motet In Splendoribus live in the BBC's Midnight Mass...I was amazed at the marvellous trumpet playing by Simon Desbruslais. As an ex-trumpet player myself I know how challenging this exposed, high-hand virtuosic obbligato part is, but the soloist played it with supreme confidence and flair.’ - James MacMillan (2012)

‘The audience — and all three composers concerned — marveling at the skill, commitment and sheer tenacity of the steel-lipped Simon Desbruslais’ - Birmingham Post (2012)

Simon Desbruslais is a British trumpet soloist whose performances have been critically acclaimed as ‘steel-lipped’, ‘musically compelling’ and possessing ‘supreme confidence and flair’. He came to international prominence with the first ever recording of Hertel’s Third Trumpet Concerto on the natural trumpet. This was followed by new trumpet concertos from John McCabe, Robert Saxton and Deborah Pritchard, all recorded for Signum Classics. Simon has given live broadcasts and recordings of contemporary British music for BBC 1 Television and BBC Radio 4 to millions of viewers worldwide.

Keen to expand on the relationship between performance and musicology, Simon holds a doctorate from Christ Church, Oxford, on the music theory of Hindemith. He also gives international lectures and masterclasses.

Hear Me

Johann Wilhelm Hertel, Third Trumpet Concerto
Signum Classics, 2011
Charivari Agreable

David Bednall, Welcome all Wonders
Signum Classics, 2012
Choir of Queens College Oxford

Welcome All Wonders

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