September 14, 2011

EMI hired me to shoot a portrait of the amazingly talented trumpet player Alison Balsom. Not only is she extremely gifted at her craft she is also a pleasure to be around and easy to work with.  We shot these images on top of the Capitol building in Los Angeles.  

I’m not a writer (hence the name of the blog) so I’m just going to let Wikipedia do the talking.  Also you can check out this short interview with her to learn more.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ds_5cLu4FUk&feature=related

Balsom has been a professional classical trumpeter since 2001. She is a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist,[1] and she released her debut album with EMI Classics in 2002. In 2005, she released her second disc, “Bach Works for Trumpet” as part of a contract with EMI Classics. In 2006, Alison won ‘Young British Classical Performer’ at the 2006 Classical BRIT Awards and was awarded the ‘Classic FM Listeners’ Choice Award’ at the Classic FM Gramophone Awards. She won ‘Female Artist of the Year’ at the 2009 Classical BRIT Awards. Her third album (the second disc in the EMI contract), “Caprice” was released in September 2006 and was awarded ‘Solo CD of the Year 2006’ by Brass Band World magazine. Alison was a soloist at the 2009 Last Night of the Proms, performing, among other pieces, Haydn's Trumpet Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and a jazz oriented arrangement of George Gershwin's “They Can’t Take That Away from Me" with mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly.

Balsom was the principal trumpet of the London Chamber Orchestra.[2] Her main trumpet is a Malone-converted Bach C Trumpet.

Photography by Sam Diephuis

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