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Nick Thompson, COE's Principal Trumpet

Nick Thompson

"It was a great privilege to have played for him many times over several years, and to have basked in a little of the warmth, light and extreme beauty that he created.

His truly magic hands, charismatic, warm, but stubborn personality also attracted many of the world’s great artists to his side and therefore into my musical experience, which bestowed upon me the priceless gifts of sublime music making at first hand. These sounds and experiences at first hand can never be reproduced on recordings and I am forever grateful to Claudio for this and many other great memories.

Thank you, Claudio.”