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.
Pianist Ashley Wass is firmly established as one of the leading performers of his generation.
Ashley’s watershed moment came in 1997 when he won the London International Piano Competition (the only British winner this far), a victory that led to a recording contract with Naxos, making him the first solo artist to obtain an exclusive deal with the label. He has also been a prizewinner at the Leeds Piano Competition, and is a former BBC Radio 3 New
Ashley has performed at many of the world’s finest concert halls including the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Vienna Konzerthaus. He has performed as soloist with numerous leading ensembles, including all the BBC orchestras, the Philharmonia, Orchestre National de Lille, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, RLPO, and under the baton of conductors such as Simon Rattle, Osmo Vanska, Donald Runnicles, Ilan Volkov and Vassily Sinaisky.
In June 2002 he appeared in a gala concert at Buckingham Palace to mark the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, a performance broadcast live to millions of viewers around the world. He made his BBC Proms debut in 2008 with Vaughan Williams’ Piano Concerto, and returned in following seasons to perform works by Foulds, Stravinsky, Antheil, and McCabe.
Much in demand as a chamber musician, Ashley is a frequent guest of many international festivals, and he is the Artistic Director of the Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival. In 2012 Ashley formed the Trio Apaches, together with Matthew Trusler and Thomas Carroll, which rapidly established itself as one of the most in demand British ensembles of today. There are plans for them to premiere a major new addition to the Triple Concerto repertoire.
Ashley played an integral part in the BBC’s Sound of Shakespeare celebratory event in Stratford earlier this year, and will also embark on an extensive solo recital tour with a Shakespeare programme this autumn. Other highlights include a debut at the Melbourne Recital Centre, as well as an acclaimed performance of the Foulds Dynamic Triptych with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, debut with the Slovak Philharmonic and a performance of Beethoven Triple Concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Ashley has also been invited to Guangzhou, China as part of the Xinghai Music Conservatory’s partnership with the Royal College of Music, undertaking a series of master classes for students. In 2017 he has performed as head judge for the Gulf Young Musician of the Year competition, taking place in Bahrain.
Ashley is currently a Professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music, London, and is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.