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Christopher Dicken

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INTERVIEW

When and where was your first concert with the MCO? 2003, in Ferrara with Daniel Harding performing Béla Bartók’s Violin Concerto with Viktoria Mullova, and Dvořák’s Symphony No 8.

What do you need to feel at home while on tour? Good restaurants, a yoga mat, good coffee and my MacBook.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Trying to answer these questions!

What would you do if you weren’t a musician? Open a restaurant.

What’s the last book you read? William Boyd – Ordinary Thunderstorms.

BIOGRAPHY

Christopher Dicken is the solo trumpet player of both the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. He is a member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Artistic Director of WorldBrass.

Born in Manchester, England, Christopher studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, during which time he won numerous prizes and developed his interest in early music and playing historic instruments. In 1997 he moved to Berlin for further study with Prof. Konradin Groth and a year later he enrolled at the Hochschule für Musik Saar/University of Music Saarbrücken studying with Prof. Peter Leiner.

Christopher has appeared as a guest with an extensive range of ensembles, including Capella Andrea Barca (with Andras Schiff), Chamber Orchestra of Europe (Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Ivan Fischer) Concerto Köln, Dunedin Consort, Ensemble Modern (with John Adams, George Benjamin), European Brandenburg Ensemble (with Trevor Pinnock), NDR Symphony Orchestra (with Christoph Eschenbach), and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (with Daniel Harding).

Since 2011 Christopher has been a visiting lecturer for Natural Trumpet at the Hochschule für Musik Saar/University of Music, Saarbrücken, Germany, and has given masterclasses in Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, England, Switzerland, and Japan.