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Alison Balsom

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Marcello / Arr. Balsom: Oboe Concerto in C Minor: II. Adagio Alison Balsom, Scottish Ensemble 04:24
Goedicke / Arr. Dokshitser: Concert Étude, Op. 49 Alison Balsom, Tom Poster 03:17
Albinoni: Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, T. So 26 (from "6 Sonatas da chiesa", Op. 4): II. Allegro (Arr. for Trumpet) Alison Balsom, Scottish Ensemble 02:03
Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17, Act 2 Scene 8: No. 25, Aria "Al lampo dell’armi" (Giulio Cesare) Alison Balsom 03:30
Purcell: Trumpet Sonata in D Major, Z. 850: I. Allegro Alison Balsom, Balsom Ensemble 01:16
Rachmaninov / Transcr. Balsom: 14 Romances, Op. 34: No. 14, Vocalise Alison Balsom 05:02
Hindemith: Trumpet Sonata: I. Mit Kraft Alison Balsom 05:12
Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351: V. La Réjouissance Alison Balsom, Balsom Ensemble 01:27
Hindemith: Trumpet Sonata: II. Mässig bewegt Alison Balsom 02:19
Stella Natalis : Jenkins: Stella Natalis - IX. The Protector Karl Jenkins, Marylebone Camerata, Adiemus Singers, Tenebrae 04:16

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Satie / Arr. Barker & Balsom: 3 Gymnopédies: No. 3, Lent et grave
Piazzolla: Histoire du tango: II. Café 1930
Piazzolla: Oblivion
Legrand: La Valse des Lilas

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Biography

The English trumpet player Alison Balsom was born in Royston, Hertfordshire and, according to her own website 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." As well as being a fine trumpet player she has won an impressive array of industry awards in a career which started when she was a finalist in the BBC Young Musicians Competition in 1998 and has gone on to record 13 studio albums.

Balsom has risen swiftly through the ranks to join the great and the good in the world of classical music earning herself an OBE in the process. She doesn't confine herself to classical music and occassionally makes forays into the world of jazz and during an appearance at Last Night of the Proms she performed a jazz arrangement of a Gershwin composition. As well as being a trumpet soloist she also classes herself as an arranger, producer, music educator, curator and spokesperson for the importance of music education. She is married to film director Sam Mendes.