Tom Poulson has performed across Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. He is a member of Stockholm Chamber Brass, WorldBrass and KammarensembleN and a prize winner at various international competitions, including the Aeolus International Music Competition for Wind Instruments in Düsseldorf and Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe competition.
As a concerto soloist he has appeared with the Royal Stockholm and Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestras, Düsseldorf and Nürnberger Symphonikers amongst others and was the soloist in a private concert for Princess Anne in Mauritius. Tom’s passion for new music has seen him give dozens of premieres of works by composers such as Mike Svoboda, Oliver Searle, Gareth Williams and Timothy Cooper. He regularly appears as a guest of contemporary music groups including the Ensemble Modern (Germany), Red Note (Scotland) and Aarhus Sinfonietta (Denmark). He is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus.
Currently Tom is serving a one year trial as Co-Principal Trumpet with Västerås Sinfonietta. He has appeared as guest principal trumpet with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
Tom regularly gives masterclasses on trumpet performance and chamber music and is currently a guest teacher at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, and a Trumpet and Brass section coach of the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland.
“I couldn't get the smile off my face during Oliver Searle's trumpet Sequenza, which seemed to me enormously witty, conjuring an image of an overweight hornet buzzing grumpily as it repeatedly attempted take-off, somewhat hindered by a hefty derriere which remained firmly earthbound. Tom Poulson's performance was staggering.”
Michael Tumelty – The Herald
“The Orchestra of Scottish Opera has rarely sounded better, with principal trumpeter Tom Poulson... on star form.”
Keith Bruce – The Herald