Alison Balsom is one of classical music’s great ambassadors and is ranked amongst the most talented, distinctive and ground-breaking musicians on the international circuit today.
An internationally recognised face on the concert platform, Alison’s musical interests are broad and varied. Alison regularly appears with leading orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, The Philadelphia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Wiener Symphoniker, NHK Symphony and the BBC Orchestras. She enjoys a close relationship with the English Concert and Trevor Pinnock with whom she recently released a critically acclaimed album ‘Sound the Trumpet’ on Warner Classics. Alison has produced and starred in the critically acclaimed production ‘Gabriel’ at Shakespeare’s Globe in London as well as performing at the iTunes Festival and the Last Night of the Proms.
Alison frequently explores the limits of her instrument and works regularly with contemporary composers to commission new works for the trumpet. Recent works include ‘Songs of the Paradise Saloon’ by Bramwell Tovey, ‘Seraph’ by James MacMillan, ‘Joie Eternelle’ by Qigang Chen, and a new work written for her by Guy Barker which will be premiered at the BBC Proms this summer.
A passionate advocate for music education, Alison is an ambassador and performer for the BBC’s major music education project ‘Ten Pieces’.
Future highlights include performances with the BBC Scottish Symphony, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the Munich Philharmonic, amongst others. Alison has had an exclusive recording contract with Warner Classics (formerly EMI) since 2001.