Simon Desbruslais  Official Biography

‘Simon Desbruslais’s performance leaves nothing to be desired: it is

musically compelling and technically very impressive.’

Musicweb International (2011)

‘Supreme confidence and flair’

Composer James MacMillan (2012)

‘The audience — and all three composers concerned — marveling at the

skill, commitment and sheer tenacity of the steel-lipped Simon


Birmingham Post (2012)

‘Great style and assurance’

Journal of the International Trumpet Guild (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, and David Bendall’s ground-breaking Christmas Cantata, for

solo trumpet, choir and organ.

Simon has worked with conductors Masaaki Suzuki, Ian Page and Benjamin Bayl on period instruments,

and with Marin Alsop, Oliver Knüssen, Andrew Litton and Ryan Wigglesworth. Solo and chamber

collaborators have included Malcolm Martineau, Clare Hammond, Julian Bliss, Mahan Esfahani, Stephen

Farr and the Ligeti String Quartet. In addition to championing the work of today’s composers, Simon

unearths forgotten gems from the Baroque era with his specialist early music ensemble, Collegium.

Simon was educated at King’s College London and the Royal College of Music, winning numerous prizes

and scholarships. He was also a private student of Eric Aubier in the Conservatoire à Rayonnement

Régional de Rueil-Malmaison. Keen to expand on the relationship between performance and musicology,

Simon will soon complete his doctorate at Christ Church, Oxford, on the music theory of Hindemith. He

also gives regular international lectures and master classes, and is stipendiary lecturer in music at Jesus and

Lincoln Colleges, Oxford.


Correct as of winter 2012. Not to be altered without permission. Please destroy all previous biographical material 


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