Meet our Adjudicators
On graduating from Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute in 1998, the Times declared of Matthew Trusler that “we might just have an authentic, though British, virtuoso.”
“Matthew Trusler has been attracting the kind of praise normally reserved for a young Oistrakh” The Independent
Since then Trusler has developed a reputation as one of Britain’s leading violinists, performing with many of the world’s great orchestras, and receiving huge critical acclaim for his diverse recordings. He has also founded the record label Orchid Classics on which some of the most important artists of today are recording, and the Lenny Trusler Children’s Foundation, which raises money for desperately ill babies. Trusler was instrumental in forming the Malmo International String Festival, and was in 2012 appointed a director of Delange Artists Management, based in Amsterdam.
Performing on a bow once owned by Heifetz, given to him by Herbert Axelrod (who himself received it from Heifetz), Trusler has received particular acclaim for his performances of works from the 20th century, including concertos by Walton, Berg, Britten and Lindberg. His recording of concertos by Korngold and Rozsa with the Dusseldorf Symphony received 5 stars in BBC Music Magazine, and the headline “Hotter than Heifetz?”
Trusler has been invited to perform as a recitalist and concerto soloist throughout Europe, Australia, the USA, Japan and South Africa. In the UK he has performed with major orchestras including the BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish and BBC Welsh orchestras, the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, City of Birmingham, Halle and Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Further afield, he has appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra, NDR Hannover, Helsinki Philharmonic, Deutsche Symphony Berlin, Malaysian Philharmonic, Dusseldorf Tonhalle, Flanders Symphony Orchestra and Johannesburg Philharmonic. Some of his personal highlights include his debut at the BBC Proms where he performed the Mathias Violin Concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, tours with the Australian orchestras (including appearances in Perth, Queensland and Tasmania), a tour of Germany with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Sir Neville Marriner, and a tour of Mexico with Martyn Brabbins and the Philharmonia.
Alongside his concerto work Matthew Trusler is an accomplished recitalist and an avid chamber musician who has performed recitals in leading venues around the world including Wigmore Hall, London, Auditorium du Louvre, Paris and Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels. Trusler has performed frequently with Wayne Marshall, and their disc – Blues – presents a collection of short pieces by composers directly influenced by jazz. The CD was released to huge critical acclaim, including CD of the week in the Telegraph, and on Classic FM, and Recital CD of the month in Strad Magazine.
Trusler regularly performs in duo partnership with pianist Ashley Wass and also collaborates with other eminent musicians including Piotr Anderszewski, Martin Roscoe, Peter Donohoe, Imogen Cooper, Leonidas Kavakos, Lynn Harrell, and Joseph Silverstein. Trusler’s latest chamber collaboration is Trio Apaches with pianist, Ashley Wass, and cellist, Thomas Carroll. The Trio has been warmly welcomed onto the international chamber music scene and the ensemble released their first disc on the Orchid Classics label.
Trusler founded Orchid Classics in 2005, and the label now has major distribution internationally. In addition the company launched a foundation to help especially talented young British musicians to make and promote recordings. Past and future artists to appear on Orchid in both spoken word and music recordings include Gabriela Montero and Boris Giltburg, Danny DeVito, Clive Owen, Ralph Fiennes, James Gilchrist, the Brodsky Quartet and Ex Cathedra.
In addition to the Rosza/Korngold, Blues and Pity of War discs Trusler’s recording activities saw the release of a newly orchestrated version of Heifetz’s Porgy and Bess arrangement, with the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Carl Davis, as well as a disc for children entitled Fairy Tales on the Orchid Classics label created to raise money for the Lenny Trusler Children’s Foundation. His recordings of the Britten Violin Concerto with the Flanders Symphony Orchestra, and Prokofiev Violin Concertos I & II with BBC National Orchestra of Wales have also been released also on Orchid Classics. Another release in 2016 was “Wonderland”, an ambitious project involving 13 composers, 13 animated filmmakers, an illustrator and a best-selling author – produced together with Ashley Wass to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland.
Trusler also has a passion for film, and has acted as a consultant on the adaptation of Norman Lebrecht’s novel The Song of Names for film, the screenplay being written by Jeffrey Caine (Oscar Nominee for The Constant Gardener). Recently Trusler recorded the violin solos for the soundtrack of a new French film by director Frédéric Mermoud, Complices.
David Campbell enjoys an varied career as a clarinet soloist, chamber musician and teacher
and is regarded by many as one of Britain’s finest musicians.
At the age of 23 David was appointed as the clarinettist in Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s
ensemble, ‘The Fires of London’ and he also regularly played with numerous other ensembles
and orchestras including the London Sinfonietta the London Mozart Players and the LPO.
Over recent years David Campbell has developed the solo and chamber music strands of his
career, performing in over forty countries. He has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras
including the Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia, English Chamber Orchestra, London
Philharmonic, City of London Sinfonia, London Mozart Players, BBC Symphony, BBC NOW,
BBC Concert, BBC Scottish, Ulster, English Symphony Orchestras and numerous ensembles
such as the Nash, Endymion and Guildhall Strings. His repertoire is wide-ranging and he
champions new works, many of which have been written for him. Engagements for 2015/16
include concerts in the Chalaismusique and Uzerche Festivals in France, with the Puebla
Symphony in Mexico as well as appearances in many UK festivals.
As well as numerous radio and television broadcasts over the past thirty-five years, David has
made many CDs including the Mozart Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic, Messiaen’s
‘Quartet for the End of Time’ with Joanna McGregor’s ensemble and concertos by Carl Davis,
Gerald Finzi and Graham Fitkin with the Aurora Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Collon. This
version of the Finzi was ranked joint-top version by Gramophone Magazine in a recent
David Campbell particularly enjoys the genre of the Clarinet Quintet (clarinet and string
quartet) and has appeared as a guest artist with many quartets including the: Brodsky;
Copenhagen Danubius (Hungary); Delmé; Endellion; Fine Arts (USA); Maggini; Medici;
Sacconi and Solstice. Works have been written for him by: Richard Blackford, Roger Steptoe,
Simon Holt, Gareth Churchill, Keith Amos, and Michael Stimpson amongst others.
As a conductor, David conducted his own Collegiate Wind Ensemble for more than a decade
and gave some 30 performances of ‘The Upside Down Sailor’ by Roxanna Panufnik and
Richard Stilgoe around the UK. More recently he has been a guest conductor with several
orchestras including the Orchestra of the Swan and the Puebla State Symphony Orchestra in
Mexico. Last November, David also conducted a performance of Walton’s ‘Façade’ recited by
Richard Stilgoe and Patricia Hodge.
David Campbell is also passionate about music education. He is currently ‘Head of Woodwind’
at Westminster School and since 2002 David has been Artistic Director of Musicfest, a
combined summer school and festival in Aberystwyth. He also gives masterclasses at
Dartington International Summer School. A masterclass and interview with David, filmed at
Domaine Forget in Quebec, Canada can be viewed on YouTube or at www.playwithapro.com.
David Campbell was the UK Chair of the International Clarinet Association for many years,
and has represented the UK at the international clarinet conferences in London, Quebec,
Ghent, Lubbock, Paris, Ostend, Salt Lake City, Stockholm, Vancouver and Oporto.
He was Chair of the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain from 2010 to 2016.
Penny Stirling was born in Somerset and trained at the Royal College of Music in London. Although graduating as a pianist, her first job was as Head of Strings and she then went on to run the string department at Wells Cathedral School from 1980 - 1990. After working as Head
of the Instrumental Music Service for Wiltshire County Council, she married and moved to Manchester where she became Director of the Junior Strings Project at the Royal Northern College of Music. This internationally renowned course (which trained postgraduate string players to teach and 120 children to play stringed instruments) won both a Partnership Trusts’ Thorn EMI award for innovations in music teacher training and a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for the RNCM. She was awarded Fellowship of the RNCM in 1999.
In 2004, whilst remaining as Visiting Tutor to the RNCM, she moved to North Yorkshire and became Director of Yorkshire Young Musicians, a Centre for Advanced Training for highly talented children in the Yorkshire and Humber area. She has taught violin, viola, piano and chamber music at Wells Cathedral School, Chetham’s and Junior RNCM. She founded the chamber music course Young String Venture at Lake District Summer Music and iss Director of the specialist chamber music course Pro Corda North.
As an adjudicator she has worked for both local Music Festivals and the Royal College of Music as well as Music for Youth finals at the Festival Hall and Young Musician of the Gulf.
She often works with teachers on Professional Development days and was a Course Leader for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music’s Professional Development course leading to the award of CT ABRSM both at home and in the Far East. In addition, she has
worked as a presenter of Violin Seminars and Professional Development Courses for ABRSM. Working with teachers has taken her to South Carolina (USA), Norway and Bermuda and she recently published her first book with Karen Marshall: 100 Inspiring Ideas on How to Teach Music for Instrumental and Singing Teachers (Harper Collins).