Matthew Trusler (15 January)
Not many concert artists find the time and energy to maintain a career as a renowned soloist, founder of a successful CD label and of a charity for sick new-born babies and infants. But the violinist Matthew Trusler does all three. The son of musicians, he began violin lessons at the age of 3 and graduated from Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute in 1998. It was the death of his baby son which prompted him to set up the Lenny Trusler Foundation, the success story of which has included a project with the Wimbledon Music Festival featuring new works by thirteen composers based on a chapter from Alice in Wonderland. Related to this is a CD on Matthew’s label, Orchid Classics, in which Maureen Lipman alternates readings from Alice music played by him and his friend and colleague the pianist Ashley Wass (who appears with him this evening). One of the UK’s most enterprising CD labels, Orchid Classics also features recordings by artists including the conductor John Wilson (Walton’s Façade, with Zeb Soanes and Carole Boyd as narrators), the cellist Guy Johnston, the pianist Boris Giltburg and the tenor James Gilchrist. Matthew himself has recorded the violin concertos by Korngold, Rozsa and Britten for the label.
His concert work is wide-ranging, including appearances with the Minnesota, Royal Philharmonic and Philharmonia orchestras, while chamber music with his piano trio, Trio Apache (with Ashley Wass and the cellist Thomas Carroll) also forms part of a busy schedule.
Hobbies? ‘My kids are my hobbies. Also running...absolutely love it. Reading too. Oh, and lying on a couch with a DVD boxed set, Domino’s pizza and Cadbury’s Dairy Milk’.