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Bernard Soustrot

It was at the age of 9 that Bernard Soustrot entered the Conservatoire de Lyon, in trumpet and cornet class; Four years later, he won a trumpet, cornet and solfege gold medal. In 1970, he became a pupil of Maurice André at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris. He received various prizes, including in 1975 the first Trumpet Prize and won many famous competitions, including Prague in 1974 or Geneva in 1975. In 1976 he won first prize in the Maurice André competition.

Bernard Soustrot began his career in 1975 as solo trumpet with the SDR Orchestra in Stuttgart, then in 1976 with the philharmonic orchestra of Radio France under the direction of Gilbert Amy. 1981 marked the beginning of his career as an international soloist, often associated with the organ, he worked regularly with Jean Dekyndt, since 1979 Director of the CRR of Toulouse, and François Henry Houbart. He has also been invited by great conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Karl Richter, Karl Munchinger and many others.

Many musical creations are in his possession.

Happy in his art Bernard Soustrot tries to make him share by courses of masters, creator of competitions like Prestige of the trumpet of Guebwiller, or the International competition of quintets of brass of Narbonne, he is professor with the CNR of Boulogne-Billancourt and Perpignan from 1998 to 2016.

Since 2015, he is artistic director of the Occitania Chamber Orchestra.

He was knighted Arts and Letters in 2011.


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