Bernard Soustrot was 9 when he joined the trumpet and cornet class at Lyon Conservatory; four years later he was awarded a gold metal in trumpet, cornet and music theory.
He studied under Maurice André at the Conservatoire de Paris in 1970.
He has won a variety of awards including first prize in trumpet in 1975 and several famous competitions including the 1974 Prague and 1975 Geneva ones. He won first prize at the 1976 Maurice André competition.
He began his career in 1975 as a trumpet soloist at the SDR Orchestra in Stuttgart then worked at the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra under Gilbert Amy in 1976.
1981 marked the start of his international solo career, often associated with the organ, he regularly worked with Jean Dekyndt, Director of the Toulouse Conservatory since 1979, and François Henry Houbart. He has also been invited as a guest performer by top conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Karl Richter, Karl Munchinger and many more.
He has countless musical creations under his belt.
He loves his trade and has shared his passion by running masterclasses, founding competitions such as the Prestige de la trompette de Guebwiller and Narbonne International Brass Quintet Competition and teaching at the Conservatories in Boulogne-Billancourt and Perpignan from 1998 to 2016.
He has been the Occitania Chamber Orchestra's artistic director since 2015.
He was made a Knight of Art and Literature in 2011.