Thomas Trotter - organ


Thomas Trotter is one of the most widely acclaimed British musicians. The excellence of his musicianship is reflected in his international musical partnerships. As a soloist, he has performed with, amongst many others, conductors Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly and Sir Charles Mackerras. He is regularly asked to perform on major historical instruments such as those at St Ouen in Rouen, St Bavo’s in Haarlem (Netherlands), Weingarten Abbey in Germany and Woolsey Hall of Yale University. He regularly appears in the festivals at Salzburg, Berlin, Vienna, Edinburgh and in London’s BBC Proms and performs with leading orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic, and in the USA with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. In 2001, he was the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s prestigious award for Best Instrumentalist, the first organist to receive this accolade. The roots of Thomas Trotter’s career are also to be found in his special relationship with the town of Birmingham. He was appointed Birmingham City Organist in 1983, in succession to Sir George Thalben-Ball. He is also Organist at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey in London and is visiting Professor of Organ at London’s Royal College of Music. He was organ scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, and he later continued his studies with Marie-Claire Alain in Paris where he took the Prix de Virtuositè in her class. He won First Prize at the St Albans International Organ Competition in 1979 and made his debut in London’s Royal Festival Hall the following year. Birmingham City University awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2003, as did the University of Birmingham in 2006. In addition to his weekly recitals in Birmingham, Thomas Trotter also performs throughout the USA and Europe. He is a prolific recording artist, and his CD versions of works by Mozart and Olivier Messiaen have won major awards.