Professorial Staff - Violin
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 Malmö 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 William Walton, Alban Berg, Benjamin Britten and Magnus Lindberg. His recording of concertos by Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Miklós Rózsa with the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra received five stars in BBC Music Magazine with 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, the Hallé and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Further afield, he has appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hanover, Helsinki Philharmonic, Deutsche Symphony Berlin, Malaysian Philharmonic, Düsseldorf Tonhalle, Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen 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, as well as a separate division for PR and marketing. 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. Most recently, his recording of the Britten Violin Concerto with the Flanders Symphony Orchestra has been released on Orchid Classics, as has Wonderland – an ambitious project involving 13 composers, 13 animated filmmakers, and illustrator and a best-selling author – produced together with Ashley Wass to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland.
Trusler 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 also recorded the violin solos for the soundtrack of a French film by director Frédéric Mermoud, Complices.
Grace Williams - Violin Concerto