Neil Brough, Principal Trumpet
Renowned as one of the finest exponents of the valveless baroque trumpet and Principal Trumpet for some of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras, Neil Brough is respected for his inspired artistry and his considered approach to the historical performance of music.
In recent years Neil has been invited to play regularly with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, with whom he has recorded the full Beethoven Symphony cycle with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, just released on Deutsche Grammophon.
Principal Trumpet for Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s English Baroque Soloists and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Neil has appeared as both a soloist and orchestral member/section leader throughout the UK, Europe and America.
Neil Brough’s performance of Bach’s second Brandenburg Concerto at the BBC Proms was hailed by The Independent as ‘Absolutely astonishing; high, accurate, effortless, awe inspiring’. An exponent of the lyrical clarino style of Baroque playing, Neil’s interpretation of solo works by Bach, Handel and Purcell led to extensive CD recordings with the English Baroque Soloists and performances at the Sydney Opera House with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Vienna Musikverein and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. Neil has completed critically acclaimed cycles of Berlioz and Beethoven with the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique with residencies in Europe and in Carnegie Hall, New York.
Personally appointed by Sir András Schiff to play in the international chamber ensemble Cappella Andrea Barca, Neil has toured Europe and Asia performing the great masterpieces from Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart and Brahms in some of the most famous concert halls in the world.
Neil’s musical education began in Leicester, England with the renowned local music service. A full scholarship to the Royal College of Music followed and upon graduation he was appointed as a Professor.
In the UK Neil is the Principal Trumpet for the English Chamber Orchestra and performs as a guest Principal Trumpet with the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and his London studio work can be heard on the soundtracks of many blockbuster movies.