John Foster Trumpet Virtuoso

With just one more sleep till our first concert of the year, audiences at the Mosman Art Gallery should prepare to be blown away by Baroque trumpet virtuoso, John Foster who will be our soloist, performing the Neruda Trumpet Concerto.

John is one of the world’s foremost exponents of the natural trumpet. He has toured all over the world performing as soloist with leading orchestras in Europe and America. He has made several solo recordings, published 2 books, and is also much sought after as a teacher. He is the director of the Australasian Trumpet Academy, which draws artists from across the world to Australia.

John’s passion for his instrument has led him to amass a collection of over 100 trumpets from many different periods of history. There is a dedicated room in his house where he displays most of the collection in glass cases, but John says the collection has a tendency to spread all through the house.

We regularly have visitors from all over the world who come to see the trumpets’, says John, ‘much to my wife’s chagrin.’

The collection is not just for show. ‘It’s a working collection’, says John. ‘I play them all. It’s good to know that whatever the repertoire, whether it’s classical, jazz, swing, I can pick up an instrument totally appropriate to the period.’

John even has a trumpet that is named after him. He worked in collaboration with Barlow & Martin Natural Trumpets in Norwich, England, to develop the Foster Model Natural Trumpet.

When asked if he has a favourite instrument, John says ‘that’s too hard. It’s like asking if you have a favourite child.’ He goes on to say that there is a couple of Baroque trumpets of which he is particularly fond. John’s collection has been featured on the ABC television series, The Collectors and also on Channel 7’s The Morning Show.

In his Mosman concert John will be playing a modern trumpet, as Mosman Symphony Orchestra plays on modern instruments.

‘The concerto is a stunning example of late Baroque virtuosity’, says the orchestra’s musical director Andrew Del Riccio, ‘with some very innovative features for the time. What makes it even more amazing is the fact that it was written for the hunting horn. It’s a very difficult work for the modern trumpet, and only virtuosi are game to try it on.’

The concert also features music by Wagner and Beethoven’s much loved 7th Symphony.

Del Riccio advises booking online through the orchestra’s website to avoid disappointment. ‘Many of our recent concerts have sold out and this one promises to be very popular.’

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