About Us

Orchid Classics was founded in 2005 by violinist Matthew Trusler, with the goal of producing artist-focused recordings of the highest quality and artistic interest.

The label, still under Trusler’s artistic direction, has since established itself as a significant creative force, and now works with some of today’s major artists. Most recently the company won a Latin Grammy Award with Gabriela Montero, one of the most successful recording artists of her generation, in her first release with an independent label.

Other recent highlights have included Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg in two recital albums, one of which received a Classic BRIT nomination and a Gramophone CD of the Year; three albums with violinist Ilya Gringolts including Adams and Ligeti concerti due out in 2015; tenor James Gilchrist in the three great Schubert song cycles; and Fairy Tales, an album of children’s poetry and music with actors Simon Pegg, Clive Owen, Kenneth Branagh and Tom Conti.

The company has now expanded to include Orchid Media, a PR and marketing division, providing a wide range of services to artists and organisations.

James Brown


James Brown is Managing Director of Hazard Chase Ltd, one of the leading international music management companies.

Matthew Trusler

Director A&R

Matthew Trusler is one of Britain’s foremost young violinists, and founder of Orchid Music.

Pawlina Bednarczyk

Label Manager

Pawlina Bednarczyk, previously Head of A & R at ASV/Sanctuary, now runs a successful arts project management consultancy.

Patrick Allen

Technical Director

Patrick Allen is technical Director of Orchid Classics and Managing Director of Opera Omnia Productions.

Andrew Sykes


Andrew Sykes is founder member of Orchid Classics and a solicitor and law teacher at the BPP College of Professional Studies.

Damaris Brown

Account Director

With a background in music marketing as Brand Manager at Classic FM, Damaris joined Orchid Media in September 2014 and manages PR and marketing for all Orchid Classics releases.