Simon Desbruslais (Trumpet)
We are delighted to be joined by Simon for our 'Best of British' Concert in April - the first time we have had a trumpeter as part of Chelsea Concerts...
Simon Desbruslais is a British trumpet soloist, specialising in period Baroque performance and contemporary music. His undergraduate education at King's College London was followed by graduate studies in trumpet and voice at the Royal College of Music, then doctoral work at Christ Church, Oxford on the music and music theory of Paul Hindemith. During his time at Oxford he was awarded a Joan Conway Performance Scholarship allowing him to take trumpet instruction with French trumpet virtuoso Eric Aubier in the Conservatoire de Musique à Rueil Malmaison.
Simon's solo repertoire is diverse and covers the complete span of the age of the trumpet. He has performed in a solo capacity with musicians including Michael Chance, Malcolm Martineau, Julian Bliss, Sir Thomas Allen, Mahan Esfahani, Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Stephen Darlington, Mark Williams, Clive Williamson and Stephen Farr. In December 2008 he was only the second ever trumpeter to perform Robert Saxton's Trumpet Concerto, Psalm: A Song of Ascents, in Oxford's Holywell Music Room.
Following the success of this performance, several leading British composers are currently preparing new trumpet concertos specifically for him, including John McCabe, Robert Saxton and Deborah Pritchard.
He also enjoys performing for weddings and private functions, and has performed solo trumpet repertoire at ceremonies for Camilla Parker Bowles, Dame Vivienne Westwood, Sir Terry Pratchett and the Sultan of Brunei.
His abilities as a Baroque specialist were recognised in 2007, when he was chosen to play principal natural trumpet for Masaaki Suzuki in a performance of Bach's B Minor Mass in the final concert of the 60th Aldeburgh festival, and he now plays for many of the country's leading Baroque ensembles. In the autumn of 2009, Simon was to be found on stage in the Royal Opera House's Linbury Theatre playing the natural trumpet in Thomas Arne's Artaxerxes, which he subsequently recorded for Linn Records. He is currently stipendiary lecturer in music at Jesus and Lincoln Colleges in Oxford.