Tom Poulson - Trumpet
Brass Diversions is a cutting edge ensemble, formed to promote a vast range of unexplored repertoire, and is involved in numerous collaborations and commissions. The trio's three members met as students at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and each is pursuing diverse careers.
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 numerous international competitions, including the Aeolus International Music Competition for Wind Instruments in Düsseldorf and Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe competition.
As a concerto soloist Tom has appeared with the Royal Stockholm and Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestras, Düsseldorf and Nürnberger Symphonikers and performed in a private concert for Princess Anne in Mauritius. During his studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, he performed Jolivet's Concertino for Trumpet, Piano and Strings with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Haydn's Trumpet Concerto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He is also a graduate of the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt and of the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark.
Tom's passion for new music has seen him give dozens of premieres of works by composers such as Mike Svoboda, Alistair MacDonald, Oliver Searle and Gareth Williams and Timothy Cooper. He regularly appears as a guest of contemporary music groups including the Ensemble Modern (Germany) and Klangforum Wien (Austria)
He is the Co-Principal of the Västerås Sinfonietta and has appeared as guest principal trumpet with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He has been a member of the Lucerne Festival Academy, performing under the baton of Pierre Boulez, and has worked as an onstage musician with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Tom regularly gives masterclasses on trumpet performance and chamber music at the leading conservatoires in Europe and is a Trumpet and Brass section coach of the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland
Dávur Juul Magnussen was born in the Faroe Islands in 1985, and started playing the trombone in 1998 aged 12. He started of in the Tórshavn Brass Band but quickly started moving through the compact but diverse Faroese musical scene. In 2006 he was invited to compete for the Danish Young Musician of the Year award, and was one of four finalists. This experience finally convinced him that music was the right way for him, and he came to Scotland to study music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama under Lance Green, Simon Johnson and John Kenny. During his time at the RSAMD, he was principal trombone of the Academy Orchestra, and had several soloist performances with the Academy Brass. He was also a member of the highly successful Alba Brass Quintet which toured England, Wales and Northern Ireland. He also won the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras apprenticeship scheme, and gained his first orchestral trial with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
In 2007 he gained a trial for principal trombone with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and in 2008 won the job, becoming the youngest member of that orchestra (22 years old). He currently holds this position in conjunction with engagements with other UK orchestras. He also plans to do more work in the soloistic area and had his solo debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in December 2010 with the Nathaniel Shilkret Trombone concerto. Davur works together with Curtoise Trombones of France, in instrument development and design.