Trumpet player Alison Balsom, named Gramophone Artist of the Year in 2013, is a three-time winner of Germany’s ECHO Klassik Award, three-time honoree at the Classic BRIT awards (two of which were for Female Artist of the Year), and recipient of the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Award. She has performed with conductors including Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel, Roger Norrington, and orchestras including the Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and London Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2009 she appeared as soloist at the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms, and she regularly collaborates with leading chamber ensembles including the Academy of Ancient Music, il pomo d’oro, and The English Concert.
In 2013 Ms. Balsom conceived and then became creative producer and protagonist of the critically acclaimed production Gabriel at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, featuring music by Purcell and Handel. She recently presented a TED Talk, Music as a Healer, and a lecture at Somerville College, Oxford University, on women in the arts. Ms. Balsom is a passionate advocate of the importance of music education and is an ambassador for the BBC Ten Pieces project.
She has had numerous concertos written for her, and has given the World Premieres of Guy Barker’s Lanterne of Light at the BBC Proms and Chen Qigang’s Joie Éternelle with the China Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Long Yu, in July 2014; she has also performed Bramwell Tovey’s Songs of the Paradise Saloon.
Highlights of Ms. Balsom’s 2016–17 season include residencies at Wigmore Hall in London and Cambridge Corn Exchange; concerto performances with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, OrchestreNational de Toulouse, and Zurich Chamber Orchestra; and European tours with the Basel Chamber Orchestra, il pomo d’oro, and The Balsom Ensemble.
Alison Balsom was a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, which subsequently led to regular performances with all of the BBC orchestras. She studied at the Paris Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is now an honorary fellow and visiting professor at the Guildhall School, and has received honorary doctorates from Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Leicester. Ms. Balsom teaches master classes worldwide, including at The Juilliard School and Curtis Institute of Music. She has recorded exclusively with EMI Classics (now Warner Classics) since 2001. This performance will mark Alison Balsom’s New York Philharmonic debut.