Maurice André made the trumpet popular with his golden tone, supple phrasing and easy Gallic charm. Alison Balsom may be the closest artist around to inheriting his mantle. The 33-year-old English trumpeter tours the globe and has made four recordings that exhibit a similarly expressive, André-like sound and manner.
On Tuesday, two days after André's passing, Balsom stopped by WQXR to talk with host Jeff Spurgeon. She explained how André created the modern solo trumpeter as we know it. "With his sheer force of personality, his charisma, his incredible sound – particularly on the piccolo trumpet, which he really brought into his own – he made the trumpet into a serious art instrument."
Listen to the full discussion above, including Balsom's recollection of playing for André at a competition.