Dr Simon Desbruslais

Lecturer in Music

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of The Arts


  • PhD (University of Oxford)


Dr Desbruslais is a trumpet soloist and musicologist, with active research interests in music theory, analysis, and performance studies.

He is author of The Music and Music Theory of Paul Hindemith (Boydell & Brewer), and was the first British scholar to publish in the Russian Journal of Music Theory.

In performance, Dr Desbruslais has an international profile which includes critically-acclaimed recordings.

In particular, he works with composers to commission new works, epitomised by his albums for Signum Classics, Psalm: Contemporary British Trumpet Concertos and The Art of Dancing. He also performs with many leading baroque ensembles using the natural trumpet.



Music in Practice 1 & 2

Advanced Performance 1 & 2

Handel's Dramatic Works


Research Methods

Music Studies 1 & 2

Technical Skills 1 & 2

Journal Article

The Western reception of Sergei Taneyev

Desbruslais, S. (2015). The Western reception of Sergei Taneyev

Research interests

Performance studies

Music theory and analysis

Performance practice

Choral music

Postgraduate supervision

I can supervise on the following broad areas:

1. Performance studies

2. Music theory and analysis

3. Performance practice

4. Choral music

I am also involved in the Chinese Whispers project.