Richard Wagner (1813-1883) arr Timothy Higgins
The Ring Cycle
Ian Bousfield conductor
Academy Symphonic Brass
Kiersten Snow Gustafson
Organ Stop Assistants
One of the most influential brass players of our time, now a soloist, conductor and pedagogue, Ian Bousfield has been at the top of his profession for over 35 years, having formerly been Principal Trombone of the Vienna Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestra in a career that spanned 30 years. As a soloist he has appeared with conductors including Riccardo Muti, Michael Tilson Thomas, Neville Marriner and Kent Nagano with the Vienna Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, and the London Symphony and London Philharmonic orchestras. He has recorded for EMI, Chandos and Camerata. Future plans include appearing with Kent Nagano and the Montreal Symphony, recording with the Airies Quartet, conducting the season-opening brass concert of the New World Symphony in Miami for the third time and directing the Aalborg Symphony in a series of concerts for brass and voice.
In recent times his conducting career has taken off, seeing him regarded as one of the world’s foremost brass conductors. He has conducted the Oslo Philharmonic, Liceu Opera, Danish Radio Symphony, Copenhagen Opera, Sonderborg Symphony, Bern Symphony, Norlands Opera and the New World Symphony.
Ian is professor of trombone at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern and the Royal Academy of Music. His former students sit in some of the world’s premier orchestras and have won the most prestigious competitions including the ARD and Royal Overseas League. His book and videos, Unlocking the Trombone Code, have met with great critical acclaim. He is a brass coach for the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and a regular coach of the New World Symphony, two things that lie very close to his heart. He was awarded the ITA award in 2012, a lifetime honour from the International Trombone Association.
In June 2019 Ian was Chair of the first ever Tchaikovsky Competition for Brass at the invitation of Valery Gergiev.