JOHN THIESSEN (trumpet)  Described by the New York Times as “the gold standard of Baroque trumpet playing in this country”, John Thiessen’s performances combine beauty of sound with brilliance and virtuosity for 17th-19th century clarino repertoire. He appears regularly as soloist and principal trumpet with North America’s foremost early music ensembles, including American Bach Soloists, Tafelmusik, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Juilliard Baroque, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, the Boston Early Music Festival, and Early Music Vancouver. Internationally, Mr. Thiessen has performed under maestros Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Christopher Hogwood, Nicholas McGegan, Ton Koopman and Andrew Parrott. On the modern trumpet, he recently performed as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, and Principal Trumpet with the Orchestra of St Lukes. 2013-14 season highlights include Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No 2 with ensembles in NY, San Francisco and North Carolina, Leipzig cantatas with Trinity Baroque, Messiah with Tafelmusik and American Bach Soloists, two European tours, and recordings of Beethoven symphonies. Mr. Thiessen holds degrees in Trumpet Performance from the Eastman School of Music and Musicology from King’s College, University of London, and has presented master classes for the International Trumpet Guild, The Juilliard School, the Glenn Gould School, UT Austin, UNT Denton, USC and LSU. He serves on the faculties of Juilliard’s Historical Performance department and the American Bach Soloists Academy, and has recorded 70 CDs for Sony Classical Vivarte, Telarc, EMI, BMG, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, London Decca, Analekta, CBC, Tafelmusik Media and Denon, including major works by Bach, Handel, Purcell, Vivaldi, Biber, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert.

“...the wind playing was greatly enhanced throughout the evening by the presence of John Thiessen, a busy professional who represents the gold standard of Baroque trumpet playing in this country.” NY Times

“the presence of John Thiessen, who represents the state of the art on the intractable Baroque trumpet hereabout, was invaluable throughout.” NY Times

“The period-instrument orchestra was on a par with the excellent chorus, and the trumpet-playing in particular, with John Thiessen as principal, was something New York early-music fanciers could only have dreamed about a dozen years ago, in exquisitely lyrical passages and highly charged ones.” NY Times

“brilliant solo playing on a valveless trumpet” NY Times

“The Trumpet Shall Sound’...supported by John Thiessen's flawless account of the solo trumpet line”. NY Times

"Baroque trumpet players are an elite group, like celebrity chefs, dramatic tenors, and ace relief pitchers. In the forefront of this select set is Canadian John Thiessen, who has the panache of Mario Batali, the staying power of Placido Domingo, and the awesome control of Mariano Rivera." Early Music America

“Thiessen [was] particularily impressive in the brilliant outer movements of the Second Brandenburg…Thiessen may well be the most extraordinary performer on the valveless trumpet I’ve heard in nearly 44 years of covering music. He hit Bach’s lip-splitting heights as if he were dawdling somewhere around middle C.” Indianapolis Star

“The playing of Thiessen and The Purcell Consort was bright and effervescent--with Thiessen floating out pianissimi as quiet as a leaf turning gold when the occasion required it.” Vancouver West Ender

“Thiessen played flawlessly, negotiating difficult passages with a nonchalance that was both intriguing and galling. The man has no business playing an unplayable instrument without at least turning red in the face.” Marin Independent Journal

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