Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (trumpet)
Jonathan Freeman-Attwood is a performer, writer, educator, recording producer and Principal of the Royal Academy of music in London. He studied at the University of Toronto and Christ Church, Oxford. Soon after, he became Dean of Undergraduate Studies at the Academy, where he led a pioneering new degree course in performance studies under the aegis of King's College London. He then became Vice-Principal & Director of Studies, a post he held until 2008. In 1997, he was elected an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music and in 2001 received a personal chair in his conferment as a Professor of the University of London.
As a trumpet player, Jonathan Freeman-Attwood has attracted plaudits from the press for his solo recordings, initially with his debut album in 1993 (Albinoni and Contemporaries) and in 1998, Bach Connections - a trumpet and organ recital which threads its way from Bach through to the late 20th century. In 2004, a disc of works by Rheinberger, Strauss and Elgar with John Wallace, entitled The Trumpets that Time Forgot (Linn), heralded a series of recording projects with Daniel-Ben Pienaar exploring ways in which the trumpet can, retrospectively, be ‘written into' established traditions of mainstream solo and chamber music. Both La Trompette Retrouvée (including a virtuosic arrangement of Fauré's Sonata, Op.108) and Trumpet Masque in 2007 and 2008 were hailed in the press, the latter receiving High Fidelity's ‘Recording of the Year 2008' with Metro describing it as ‘extraordinary playing, switching between fizzy fireworks and tender pathos with ease'. Romantic Trumpet Sonatas by Mendelssohn, Schumann and Grieg, was released in 2011 and has attracted considerable acclaim in the press and on BBC Radio 3, as has his innovative recital of arrangements (by Pienaar) of works by eleven Bachs, A Bach Notebook for Trumpet, released in 2013.
Jonathan freeman-Attwood's career also extends to recording producer of around 200 discs for many independent labels, including BIS, Naxos, Chandos, Hyperion, Simax, ASV, AVIE and Channel Classics. Several of his productions have won major awards, including Diapasons d'Ors, eight Gramophone Awards and many Nominations, with the Clerk's Group, I Fagiolini, Phantasm, Rachel Podger, Trevor Pinnock, L'Arte di Suonatore and The Cardinall's Musick. He produced a disc of Mozart and Haydn with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Podger using Stradivari instruments, having recorded all Mozart's violin sonatas with her and Gary Cooper. Other major projects include all Mozart's piano sonatas with Daniel-Ben Pienaar (soon to be followed by the complete Beethoven sonatas), as well producing Gramophone's ‘Record of the Year' in 2010 - the final volume of William Byrd's complete Latin Church Music performed by The Cardinall's Musick under Andrew Carwood for Hyperion. He continues in this vein producing the equivalent oeuvre by Thomas Tallis.
He continues to be active as a critic, lecturer and contributor to journals and books, including The New Grove (2nd edition) and Cambridge University Press's Companion of Recorded Music, and he broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio 3. He is an established authority on Bach interpretation, particularly as it challenges and refocuses historical perspectives on ‘performance practices' and - in more pedagogical contexts - how recordings of the past can influence current priorities and tastes. He writes essays regularly for EMI, Warner, Deutsche Grammophon, Universal and other major record labels.
In July 2008, Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood became the 14th Principal of the Royal Academy of Music, founded in 1822. He was appointed a fellow of King's College London in July 2009, and a Trustee of the University of London in 2010. In 2012, he joined the Board of Garsington Opera as Chair of the Artistic Advisory Board.
‘A multi-talented trumpeter, academic and Renaissance Man.' BBC Music Magazine
‘Outstanding playing with a dynamic range of lively dialogue and solo lyricism in virtuoso style.' The Observer
‘Freeman-Attwood's playing is notable for the beauty and freedom of line. While the bravura is exhilarating.' Gramophone
‘Jonathan Freeman-Attwood displays his trademark vibrant sound, overcomes all the technical and musical demands with consummate ease, the upper range always precise and assured, and his stamina is a lesson for all aspiring trumpet soloists.' Brass Review
‘I find this recording quite thrilling... a treat to be reminded what an excellent trumpeter Freeman-Attwood is.' Classic FM (David Mellor's ‘Choice for the Curious')
'Romantic Trumpet Sonatas' is the 'Choice for the Curious'...
11 May 2011
Classic FM's David Mellor praises the "thrilling" albummore >>Jonathan Freeman-Attwood featured on BBC Radio 3
12 March 2011
CD Review with Andrew McGregormore >>The Romantic Trumpet - out on 7th March
26 February 2011
A new life for Trumpet repertoiremore >>
'An agreeable Bachian tonic to cure jaded musical sensibilities'more >>International Record Review
'wonderfully clean and vibrant lines contrast with the elaborate shapes of J.S. ...The programme is very well sequenced. As for the playing itself, I can find no fault: Jonathan Freeman-Attwood is clearly an amazing trumpeter and Daniel-Ben Pienaar, who has arranged all but one of the items deftly, is more than equal to the technical demands he sets himself. A very enjoyable release.’Northamptonshire Telegraph
‘…all-round Renaissance Man Jonathan Freeman-Attwood appl[es] is his vibrant technique…in a unique recital…well worth investigating.’more >>artswrap.co.uk
'Jonathan Freeman-Attwood has attracted much attention for his standard of playing on the trumpet and is an established Bach interpreter.'more >>BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'
'...a nice combination of shameless ingenuity, infectious verve, and genuine panache'more >>AllMusic.com
'...for sheer originality this has to take some kind of prize.'more >>Brass Band World
Q&A session with Jonathan Freeman-Attwoodmore >>Brass Band World
'Freeman-Attwood's warm tone and crystalline articulation in fact blends beautifully with the piano, whilst the sense of synergy between the two performers keeps the listener focused on the direction of the music.'more >>Gramophone
'A totally refreshing disc.'more >>Brass Review
'There is a special beauty in the playing of Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, supported by Daniel-Ben Pienaar's stunning accompaniment on this album. Their performance is vibrant, lyrical, making for compulsive serious listening.'more >>MusicWeb International
'...Freeman-Attwood has a simply golden tone and full command of his instrument...'more >>Gramophone
'...full of lyricism and life...'more >>International Record Review
"Freeman-Attwood and Pienaar deliver all four pieces with tremendous panache...The listener can simply sit back and enjoy it all."more >>AudioVideoHD
'...Jonathan Freeman-Atwood nos abre a una nueva dimensión sonora en la que la trompeta...'more >>BCB Radio 3 - CD Review
‘The transcriptions and the performances are impressive...'more >>Audiophile Audition
"...these works sound glorious in their new clothes..."more >>Brass Review
"Exquisite...They are the perfect dream team."more >>Opus HD
"...le jeu sobre et retenue de Jonathan Freeman-Attwood fait merveille dans les pages les plus méditatives du programme..."more >>International Record Review
"...[an] exceptional recital."more >>Gramophone
"...Jonathan Freeman-Attwood's playing is notable for the beauty and freedom of line of his lyrical phrasing, while the bravura is exhilarating."more >>Sunday Herald
"...their performances simply glow..."more >>Opus Musica (translation)
Disc of the Month! "This recording surprises and commands, almost immediately, a second and third listening."more >>Opus Musica
'Disc of the Month' from the Spanish publication!more >>The Herald
"...dazzling, stunningly articulate and soulful duets for piano and trumpet."more >>Atlanta Audio Society
"...a splendid program of thrilling and colorful music..."more >>Metro
"a delightful curiosity"more >>The Scotsman
"compelling listening...red-hot performances"more >>Brass Review
"La Trompette Retrouvée" should be in every trumpet player's collection.more >>Super Fidelity - Australian Hi-Fi
A fine addition to the repertoire.more >>International Record Review
Freeman-Attwood is "bright, clean, precise and delivers performances of narrative elegance devoid of any in-your-face brassiness".more >>Gramophone
Apart from his nimble dexterity, Freeman-Attwood's playing is just as striking for the beauty of his lyrical phrasing and his richness of colour...more >>Audiophile Audition
A fine addition to the trumpet-piano repertoire.more >>High Fidelity
...it is a fantastic record!more >>Atlanta Audio Society
Rediscovered, or renovated?more >>Classicstoday.com
This intelligently produced recital represents modern trumpet-playing--and programming--at its bestmore >>The Scotsman
Efforless virtuositymore >>