Nick Budd (Trumpet), Joseph Sykpala (Trumpet), Will Thomas (Trumpet)

‘A total tour de force’ (Matthew Knight – Adjudicator, The Musicians’ Company Brass Ensemble Prize 2022)

Recently formed in 2020, Natrio is an award-winning trumpet trio based in London. Specialising in the performance of both modern and natural trumpets, the ensemble was created to showcase the uniquely varied and dynamic repertoire for trumpet trio and was awarded First Prize in the 2022 Musicians’ Company Brass Ensemble Prize for their diverse programme of Donninger, Britten and Gubaidulina.

Though relatively little-known, chamber music for three trumpets spans a wealth of musical styles and genres. From the ceremonial fanfares of the 17th Century to the experimental works of the 21st, Natrio’s performances draw on this exceptionally diverse repertoire to offer wide-ranging and vibrant musical experiences. As the group develops in the future, it is looking forward to expanding its repertoire by working with contemporary composers as well as building on their outreach work to offer their performances to as wide an audience as possible.

Formed while completing their studies at the Royal Academy of Music, Natrio is made up of three London-based freelance trumpeters. Its members currently play professionally in orchestras across the UK, including work with the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera and Southbank Sinfonia, while also performing regularly with chamber ensembles and as soloists.


Musicians’ Company Award: RAM Brass Ensemble Award 2022

Page Updated: March 2023

Photo Credit: Eliza Talman (editing – Will Thomas)