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Alison Balsom to perform at Wake Forest

December 16, 2008

Female trumpeter Alison Balsom, a rising star and rarity in the largely male world of trumpet playing, will perform with an ensemble featuring violin, cello and keyboard as part of Wake Forest University’s Secrest Artists Series at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 in Brendle Recital Hall.  At 6:40 p.m., Kevin Bowen, director of bands at Wake Forest, will present a Secrest Signature pre-performance talk in Scales Fine Arts Center, Room 208, adjacent to Brendle Recital Hall. 

In conjunction with the concert, Balsom will also conduct a master class for trumpet students attending Wake Forest and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA).  The class will be held from 10 a.m. - noon Feb. 20 at the UNCSA School of Music Complex, Room 167.  Admission is free, but an invitation is required.  Those interested should call (336) 758-5757.

Balsom performs a wide range of recital and concerto repertoire on both modern and natural trumpets.  Her concert program will feature pieces by Vivaldi, Handel, Alexander Goedicke, Manuel de Falla, Astor Piazzolla and others.  

Still in her 20s, Balsom quickly has earned a reputation among critics for her “extraordinary musical prowess.”  In 2000, she won the Premier Prix for “Most Beautiful Sound” at the Maurice Andre International Trumpet Competition in Paris.  In 2006, she was awarded the Best Young British Performer in the Classical Brit Awards.  She has performed at Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and the Barbican in London as well as in other venues throughout Europe.  Last January, she debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. 

Balsom holds a record contract on EMI and released her latest CD, “Alison Balsom: Haydn Hummel Trumpet Concertos,” in September.  She currently teaches as a visiting professor of trumpet at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. 

Tickets are $16; $13 for senior citizens and students; $5 for children under 12 and are available at the Wake Forest University Theatre Box Office at (336) 758-5295. More information is available at

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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