"Trumpeter Imogen Hancock soared like a seraph..." The Times, April 2016
Imogen Hancock is a rising star on the British trumpet scene. As a Park Lane Group Artist and with a number of commissions and world premiere performances to her credit, she is already earning a reputation as an exciting performer and advocate of new music.
Imogen graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in July 2015 with a First Class Honours degree and LRAM (Distinction). Whilst at the Academy, Imogen participated in masterclasses with leading soloists Håkan Hardenberger and Reinhold Friedrich, and studied with Mark David, Gareth Small, Paul Beniston, Bob Farley and John Hutchins. Prior to the Academy, Imogen was taught by Andy Bush.
A keen participant in competitions, Imogen was the winner of the Academy's 'Drummond Sharp Brass Prize for Contemporary Music' (2014) and was recently a semi-finalist in the Sir Karl Jenkins Award (March 2017). In 2015, Imogen was chosen as one of the Royal Philharmonic Society's Julius Isserlis Scholars - an award made to graduating students who are dedicated to pursuing further studies abroad. Imogen used her award to study in Oslo for 7 weeks (Jan-Feb 2017) with renowned soloist Tine Thing Helseth, Brynjar Kolbergsrud (Oslo Philharmonic) and Roeland Henkens (Den Norske Opera & Ballet).
Imogen’s recent highlights include touring with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, being a member of Southbank Sinfonia (2016) and being the featured soloist for the Battle Proms 2016, performing to over 40,000 people in concerts around England. Imogen has performed the World and London Premieres of Stephen Dodgson's Trumpet Concerto (commissioned for her in 2011) and, as a Park Lane Group artist, she gave the World Premiere performance of Trinculo by Sally Beamish. In April 2017 Imogen spent two weeks with the Britten-Pears Orchestra, performing under conductor Marin Alsop at the Royal Festival Hall and Snape Maltings Concert Hall.
Upcoming engagements for Imogen include a collaboration with American composer, Aleksandr Brusentsev, and Australian conductor, Toby Thatcher, for a new flugelhorn concerto (January 2018). Imogen will also play Principal Trumpet with The Multi-Story Orchestra for their September performances of 'The Rite of Spring' and will join Rambert in November for a series of performances at the Theatre Royal, Bath.
Aside from music, Imogen enjoys cooking with her identical twin sister, brush-lettering and running with her trombonist boyfriend.