Brian Thomson

Brian Thomson has been a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra since 1998, and has held the position of Principal Trumpet since 2005. Educated at Goldsmiths College, University of London and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, Brian began his musical career in 1993 as Principal Trumpet of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He returned to London in 1996 where he performed as a guest with many of the leading London orchestras both in the UK and abroad. Brian has toured extensively to Europe, the Far East, Azerbaijan and America with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and to Europe and America with Onyx Brass, giving masterclasses at both the Boston and Julliard Conservatoires and featuring on their numerous CDs.
He has made many appearances as a soloist, performing such works as the trumpet concerti of Haydn, Hummel and Vivaldi, and Shostakovich’s Concerto for Piano and Trumpet. As an active member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Community and Education Department, Brian performs and educates a variety of music-lovers, from primary school children to professional musicians from other musical backgrounds. And as a keen cyclist, he has co-ordinated and taken part in two major cycle rides, LeJog and London-Santander to raise funds for charity.
Brian is also a professor at TrinityLaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, formally Trinity College of Music.