Top Brass, Low Key

New York Times


Top Brass, Low Key

Published: April 14, 2013

She is only 34, but there is already a statue of the glamorous trumpeter Alison Balsom standing in her hometown, Royston, England, where she grew up playing in a brass band.

Ms. Balsom has since become an evangelist for the trumpet, one of few classical musicians to have achieved a successful solo career on the instrument. From the moments when, as a young girl, she heard a record by Dizzy Gillespie and attended a performance by a virtuoso trumpeter with whom she later studied, Ms. Balsom never wavered from her desire to be a soloist. She “pushed her parents into it rather than the other way ‘round,” she said.