Ian Bousfield

First British Principal of the Vienna Philharmonic

“It's a feat. It accurately captures the essence of music making, and even the thought that ``it would be difficult if it was a trombone.'' (Chris Thomas, British Bandsman magazine)

Ian Bousfield Ian Bousfield

Born 1964 in York, England. He spent his childhood surrounded by the celebrated brass band tradition of the North of England. After learning the instrument from his father, he studied under Dudley Bright of the London Symphony Orchestra. He belonged to the Yorkshire Imperial Band from the age of 14 to 18, and boasts brilliant results such as winning numerous brass band championships.
In 1979, at the age of 15, he won a London Symphony Orchestra Shell Scholarship and began his career as an orchestral player. At the age of 16, he joined the EU Youth Orchestra conducted by C. Abbado. Studied briefly at the Guildhall Conservatory and in 1983 became principal player of the Halle Orchestra. During his tenure at Doudan, he premiered Gunther Schuller's "Eine Kleine Pozaunemusik" under the direction of Schuller himself. In 1988, he replaced his teacher, Dennis Wick, as principal virtuoso of the London Symphony Orchestra. He has been a member for 12 years and has performed many times as a soloist. Participated in the recording of movie music such as "Star Wars" and "Braveheart".
In 2000, he was appointed principal player of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra/Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, a remarkable achievement as the only British native.
As a soloist, he has performed with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Sakkyo Symphony Orchestra, etc. He has performed with R. Muti, M. Tilson-Thomas, N. Marriner, K. Nagano, M. Bamert, and Tadaaki Otaka as conductors. Solo recordings released on EMI, Camerata, Chandos and Doyen.
In 2008, he performed Nino Rota's concerto with R. Muti/Wiener Philharmoniker in Vienna, Lucerne and Tokyo. In addition, he performed a remarkable performance such as the world premiere of Jonathan Dove's "Stargaze", which was dedicated to Bousfield, at the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Tilson-Thomas.
Since 1992, he has been teaching young people as a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and has received many requests as a teacher from all over the world. decided to concentrate on His students have achieved great success all over the world, including top seats in first-class orchestras.
His recent projects are active as a conductor and soloist with brass sections such as the New World Symphony and the Bern Symphony Orchestra.

● Practical video teaching materials

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Message from Mr. Bousfield

Please remember that these teaching videos are only guidelines. That said, it's also clear that these are the results of decades of research and research. If you look at this, I think you can see how I practice myself. And remember - technique is only a means of expressing emotion in music. If you focus only on technique, you always lose sight of something... the music!
I hope these are of some help to you. On the other hand, don't forget. Whether these methods apply to each of you is another matter. I don't know what stage of development you're in right now, but that's where the artistic value of teaching comes from.

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