(born 4 January 1954) is a British horn player
.After studying at the Royal Academy of Music
, Thompson was appointed Principal Horn with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
aged just 18 years. By the age of 21 he was offered positions as Principal Horn with both the Philharmonia
and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras
, accepting the Philharmonia position, a post he held for ten years before leaving to fulfil increasing solo and chamber music commitments.
He is a member of the London Sinfonietta
, with whom he has given premiere performances of works including Ligeti
's Hamburg Concerto. He has recorded solo, chamber, and orchestral works composed by Britten
, and Tippett
, among others. He has played on movie soundtracks including Drowning by Numbers
as a member of the Michael Nyman Band
, The Lord of the Rings
and the Harry Potter
films. His work with Sir Paul McCartney
led McCartney to compose Stately Horn
, which the Michael Thompson Horn Quartet premiered.
He is an advocate of youth music-making and holds the post of Rehearsal Conductor for the Ulster Youth Orchestra.
He has toured extensively and since 2003 he has been Principal Conductor of the City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra
He is a Fellow and Aubrey Brain
Professor of Horn at the Royal Academy of Music.