2013 Gramophone Artist of the Year, three time winner at the Classic BRITs and also three time winner at the Echo Klassik Awards, Alison Balsom has cemented an international reputation as one of classical music’s great ambassadors and is ranked amongst the most distinctive and ground-breaking musicians on the international circuit today.
In addition to transcribing and arranging existing works for both natural and valved instruments, Alison is increasingly active in commissioning new works for trumpet. In Toronto recently she performed Songs of the Paradise Saloon by Bramwell Tovey and earlier this year she premiered a new work by Qigang Chen in China and at the Proms. She is currently working with Guy Barker on a new symphonic work for 2015.
Her world premiere performance of James MacMillan’s Seraph at the Wigmore Hall in February 2011 went on to become the title track of her 2011 release for EMI Classics. Alison’s 2012 album, Sound the Trumpet, saw Balsom perform a variety of works by Purcell and Handel with Trevor Pinnock and The English Concert on period instruments. For her release, The Sound of Alison Balsom, she selected some of her favourite recordings from her past award-winning albums which include performances on both the natural and the modern trumpet.
Alison Balsom studied trumpet at the Paris Conservatoire, and with Håkan Hardenberger. She also studied, and is now a fellow at, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She was a concerto finalist in the BBC Young Musician competition in 1998 and received the Feeling Musique Prize for quality of sound in the 2001 Maurice André International Trumpet Competition.
The LPO returns to The Bridgewater Hall with Classic FM Award Winner Alison Balsom for an evening of American-influenced music. Alison performs British composer Bramwell Tovey’s evocative 'Songs of the Paradise Saloon' for trumpet and orchestra. Adapted from Tovey’s opera 'The Inventor' about a real-life 19th-century con-artist, this unusual piece evokes the atmosphere and characters found in a turn-of-the-century American dive bar with its languid, jazz-infused music.
Closing the evening is Dvorák’s much-loved 'Symphony No. 9 (From the New World)', his touching symphonic hymn to the slave songs and spirituals of America, which includes the famous Largo melody.
Composer of West Side Story Leonard Bernstein's Overture to his operetta 'Candide' opens the concert in suitably exhilarating fashion.
The Bridgewater Hall Manchester Monday, 20 April, 2015 7:30pm
Bernstein Overture, Candide Bramwell Tovey Songs of the Paradise Saloon Dvorák Symphony No. 9 (From the New World)