XXII International Brass Festival Italian Brass Week

19 Luglio

Alain Trudel

Alain Trudel

Hailed as “the Jascha Heiftz of the trombone”(Le monde de la musique) Canadian trombonist  Alain Trudel is one of the world’s most respected and renowned trombonists. Trudel made his solo debut at the age of 18 with Charles Dutoit and l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal and has continued to grace the world’s stages for nearly 30 years, including appearances with l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, the Hong-Kong Philharmonic, the Austrian Radio Orchestra, Carnegie-Weill Recital Hall (NY), Dresdner Neueu Musik Tage (Germany),Tasmania New Music Festival (Australia), Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris (France), Festival Musica Strasbourg (France), Klangbogen Festival (Vienna), Akiyoshidai and Hamamatsu festival (Japan).  

A long-time pedagogue and mentor, Trudel has been instrumental in teaching and guiding new generations of musicians for more than 20 years. He was a tenured professor of trombone and chamber music at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec à Montréal from 1995-2008 and has served on the faculties and given masterclasses at numerous music festivals and schools including the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, Juilliard, New England Conservatory, Hochshule Köln, Hamamatsu Festival, Graz akademie, University of Hong-Kong and the Manhattan School of Music. He was appointed Director of Orchestral Activities at Western University in 2012 where he also serves on the brass faculty.

Alain Trudel is also one of the busiest conductor on the Canadian scene.

He is currently Music Director of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval, Principal Youth and Family Conductor of the Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra as well as Director of Orchestral Activities at Western University and Principal Guest conductor of the Hannaford Street Silver Band. He has conducted every major orchestra in Canada as well as orchestras in the UK, USA, Sweden, Russia, Japan, Hong-Kong, Malaysia and Latin America with noted artists including Ben Heppner, Anton Kuerti, Measha Brueggergosman, Herbie Hancock, Alain Lefèvre and Pinchas Zukermann. His recording of Mahler 6th and The Rite of Spring have been nominated for juno awards


Trudel is the recipient of numerous awards and honours, among them the Virginia Parker Prize, Le grand prix du disque Président de la République de l’Académie Charles Cros (France), the Heinz Unger Prize for conducting. He was named an Ambassador of Canadian Music by the Canadian Music Center in 2006, and was the first Canadian to be a Yamaha International Artist.