On graduating from Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute in 1998, the Times declared of Matthew Trusler that “we might just have an authentic, though British, virtuoso.” Since then he has developed a reputation as one of Britain’s leading violinists, performing with many of the world’s great orchestras, and receiving huge critical acclaim for his diverse recordings. He has also founded the record label Orchid Classics on which some of the most important artists of today are recording, and the Lenny Trusler Children’s Foundation, which raises money for desperately ill babies.
Performing on a bow once owned by Heifetz, Trusler has received particular acclaim for his performances of works from the 20th century, including concertos by Walton, Berg and Britten. His recording of concertos by Korngold and Rozsa with the Dusseldorf Symphony received 5 stars in BBC Music Magazine, and the headline “Hotter than Heifetz?”
Trusler has been invited to perform as a recitalist and concerto soloist throughout Europe, Australia, the USA, Japan and South Africa. In the UK he has performed with the BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish and BBC Welsh orchestras, the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, CBSO, Halle and Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and has appeared further afield with the Minnesota Orchestra, NDR Hanover, Helsinki Philharmonic, Deutsche Symphony Berlin, Malaysian Philharmonic and Johannesburg Philharmonic.
Trusler founded Orchid Classics in 2005, and the label now has major distribution internationally, as well as a separate division for PR and concert promotion.
Matthew Trusler, September 2014
“Bringing great works of children’s literature together with classical music
has become an integral part of our fundraising activity for the Lenny Trusler Children’s Foundation. I’m especially excited that with this project we’ll be creating an entirely new suite of music; a work of art which will not only provide pleasure for young people, but will also directly raise money for very young children and babies who have been given a bad start in their lives.”