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James Thompson (*1949)

Biography

James Thompson

James Thompson (*1949 in Frankfurt, Germany) studied trumpet with Richard Longfield (Phoenix, USA), Ray Lichtenwalter (Interlochen Arts Academy) and finally, with Roger Voisin (New England Conservatory, Boston, 1967-70). After a distinguished career as principal trumpeter with several orchestras including Montréal and Atlanta, James Thompson, laureate of the 1979 Maurice André International Competition in Paris, also enjoys a career as a soloist.

As principal trumpeter he has recorded over 80 CDs. Professor of trumpet at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY since 1998, James Thompson is considered one of today’s grand masters of trumpet pedagogy. 

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