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 Bednall’s ground-breaking Christmas Cantata, for solo trumpet, choir and organ. Simon has given live broadcasts and recordings of contemporary British music for BBC 1 Television and BBC Radio 3 & 4 to millions of viewers and listeners worldwide.
In the 2013-14 season, Simon gave concerto performances in China and Brazil, and appeared as soloist with Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of the Swan, Charivari Agréable, Ensemble ISIS and London Concertante. Continuing his pioneering work with British composers, he premiered new compositions by Edwin Roxburgh, John McCabe, John Traill, Deborah Pritchard, Tomas Yardley and Tom Armstrong, and organised many works in progress. He gave solo performances at the Ryedale, Wymondham, Bangor New Music and Deal festivals, and appeared as a concerto soloist on the natural trumpet at the Wigmore Hall.
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 holds a doctorate from Christ Church, Oxford, on the music theory of Hindemith, which will soon be published as his first monograph. He is Lecturer in Music at the University of Hull, and has lectured at the universities of Bristol, Nottingham, King’s College London and Surrey. He continues to give regular international performance workshops and master classes.
‘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 Desbruslais’ Birmingham Post (2012)
‘Great style and assurance’ Journal of the International Trumpet Guild (2012)