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Tom Poulson, England


A multi award winner, Tom Poulson recently won both the Trumpet and Contemporary Performance prizes at the Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments as well as 2nd place overall.  He is a Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe competition winner, has been a recommended artist of Making Music’s Philip & Dorothy Green Award and was runner up at the Bromsgrove International Young Musicians’ Platform.  Tom has performed concertos with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Düsseldorf and Nürnberger Symphonikers, English Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Scotland and Euro Symphony SFK and has given recitals at St. Martin-in-the-Fields and the Royal Festival, Wigmore and Usher Halls.  In April he gave the premiere of Mike Svoboda’s Triple Concerto for Trumpet, Trombone and Tuba with the Philharmonisches Orchester Cottbus, which was broadcast on German Radio and can be listened to here.

Chamber music has always been a passion of Tom’s and he is currently a member of two of Europe’s leading brass ensembles, Stockholm Chamber Brass and Worldbrass.  Tom is a founding member of the fluid brass ensemble Brass Diversions and regularly works with Ensemble Modern, Aarhus Sinfonietta and The Assembly Project.

A graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he studied with John Wallace, he performed Jolivet’s Concertino for Trumpet, Piano and Strings with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.  He is also a graduate of the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt and of the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark.

Tom has been guest principal trumpet of the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and regularly works with Scotland’s national orchestras as well as the Ensemble Modern and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestras.  He has been a member of the Lucerne Festival Academy, performing under the baton of Pierre Boulez, and worked as an onstage musician with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Aside from his performing Tom regularly gives workshops and masterclasses with younger musicians.  He has given masterclasses at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm and the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki and has been a brass tutor with the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland, National Youth Orchestra of Iraq and the Ung Sinfoni Norway.  As an artist of the world famous Live Music Now! charity Tom has performed hundreds of concerts and workshops to children across the UK.

“I couldn't get the smile off my face during Oliver Searle's trumpet Sequenza… Tom Poulson's performance was staggering.”  (Michael Tumely – The Herald)