The Australian trumpeter, John Foster, obtained his Diploma in Music Performance from Royal College of Music; his Bachelor of Music Performance (with Honors) from Queensland Conservatorium of Music; and his Licentiate in Music, Australia (L.Mus.A) from Australian Music Examination Board,
John Foster is widely regarded as one of the worlds leading exponents of performance on historical trumpets and cornetto, and is the Artistic Director of the renowned ensemble Australian Baroque Brass. He has also been a member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra from 2001 to 2013. He has appeared as soloist at festivals and concert series worldwide and performed as soloist with many leading orchestras and ensembles, including: the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony, Norwich Baroque (UK) among others. In 2011 he also performed J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major (BWV 1047) with Belgium's leading baroque orchestra Il Fondamento (IDirector: Paul Dombrecht). He was also a soloist for the launch of the Kammerorchester Basel (Director: Julia Schröder) (Switzerland) 2012 season.
John Foster has made several solo recordings including: 'Flourish' (ABC Classics), 'Music of a Golden Age Vol.1', 'Revolution' vol.2, 'Trumpets of the Realm' vol.3 (Tubicium Records). He is dedicated to education and has given master-classes throughout the world, including at the Juilliard School of Music (USA), Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester), Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Northwestern University (Chicago), Indiana University, Bern University of Applied Sciences (Switzerland), and Conservatorio da Belo Horizonte (Brazil) among numerous others.
In 2010 John Foster released a book: 'The Natural Trumpet and Other Related Instruments', which has received great critical acclaim. He is also the owner and curator of Australias largest collection of historical trumpets, which he enjoys exhibiting throughout Australia. He recently made a guest appearances on ABC television series the "Collectors" and live performances on 'The Morning Show'.
John Foster has also enjoyed performing with such orchestras and ensembles as the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, English National Ballet (UK), Concerto Grosso Heidelburg, Kammermusik Potsdam, Hannoverschen Hofkapelle, Berlin Baroque, Thomanerchor Leipzig, (Germany), Le Concert Lorrain (France), Collegium Musicum Grossmunster (Switzerland), Barokorkest Concerto Vivo (Holland), Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, New Zealand Baroque Soloists, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Symphonie Orchesta de Macau, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Orchestra Romantique, and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
Recently John Foster went to the USA to perform as a soloist for a new CD of previously unrecorded 17th Century works for trumpet, with the Kentucky Baroque Trumpets. In 2013 he was invited to Brazil to perform as soloist and be a guest artist at the early music festival in Belo Horizante. In 2014 John appeared as soloist with the Adelaide Symphony and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (New Zealand). In 2015 he undertook an extensive tour of the USA, where in addition to giving numerous concerts, he was guest lecturer at Juilliard, Oberlin Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory and many other universities. Most recently he has released a new book 'The Baroque Trumpet Revival', which has been met with great critical acclaim throughout the world. Since August 2014, he is Director of Australasian Trumpet Academy in Sydney, Australia.