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Trumpeter Alison Balsom Mixes Baroque And Modern On Tour

Alison Balsom's U.S. tour covers the east coast, west coast and luckily, Texas! Trumpet fans around the country have been heralding Balsom as she performs with the Scottish Ensemble.  

In this interview, she shares insights about traveling with two trumpets and a two year old,  as well as keeping things fresh musically night after night. Alison is also excited to be on stage this summer in a new play written for her!

Balsom joins the Scottish Ensemble in Austin on Tuesday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Bass Concert Hall on the University of Texas campus, and teaches a masterclass Wednesday morning at 11 a.m.

Their program includes:

  • Geminiani: Concerto grosso No. 12 in D minor “La Follia”
  • Albinoni: Oboe Concerto in B flat major Op. 7 No. 3 (arr. Balsom)
  • Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in D minor (soloist Jonathan Morton)
  • Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in D major RV 230 (arr. Balsom)
  • MacMillan: Seraph
  • Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings

Learn more about Alison online at www.alisonbalsom.com 

Follow her on Twitter @AliBalsom, and be her friend onFacebook.


John Clare is comfortable behind a microphone, streaming video or playing violin. A former broadcaster for NPR, John has previously worked with Voice of America, the Canadian Broadcast Corporation and stations in Kansas, Nevada, California, and Pennsylvania.