John Foster is one of the world’s leading exponents of the Natural Trumpet and is the Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed period instrument ensemble Australian Baroque Brass. John and Australian Baroque Brass are currently the artists in residence at St James' Church Sydney. Recently John has appeared with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the Pinchgut Opera, Sydney Philharmonia Baroque Ensemble, High Art Baroque, New Zealand Baroque Soloists, the Sydney Consort, Orchestra of the Antipodes and has appeared as soloist at numerous festivals and concert series worldwide. John has also collaborated with many well known international artists, including concert tours with Swedish trumpeter Niklas Eklund and English trumpeters Crispian Steele-Perkins and Michael Laird among others.
In 2004 John had the pleasure of being invited to the United States to develop a new Long Model Natural Trumpet in collaboration with trumpet maker Andrew Naumann (Schilke USA). Currently John maintains a busy performing and recording schedule as a soloist, with Australian Baroque Brass and as a member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
He has recorded several CDs including the recently released CD 'Flourish, heroic music for trumpet and organ' (ABC Classics), and 'Music of a Golden Age' Volumes 1, 2 and 3 (Tubicium Records) as well as making numerous recordings for film, television and radio. John is also active as a clinician, having given master classes in numerous universities throughout Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Asia and the USA. In 2008-09 John's international touring included traveling to Italy, Great Brittan, Hong Kong, China, Macau, Malaysia and to the USA to lead Australian Baroque Brass on an extensive concert tour.
John quickly established himself as a soloist performing the Hummel Trumpet Concerto with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra at age 15, making him one of the youngest classical musicians ever to work professionally in Australia. Since 2001 John has been a member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and has also appeared as Guest Principal Trumpet of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia, and has also appeared with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Orquestra de Macau.
As a soloist John has performed throughout the USA, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. John has appeared as soloist in London with the Royal College Chamber Orchestra, and with numerous Australian orchestras including the Queensland Symphony, the Adelaide Symphony, the Queensland Philharmonic, the Sydney Philharmonia, the Sydney Chamber Orchestra and the North Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra.