Alain De Rudder studied at the Lemmensinstituut in Leuven and at the Brussels Royal Music Conservatory. He then continued his studies under Prof. Reinhold Friedrich at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe. In 1990 he was selected as solo trumpet of the European Youth Orchestra, where he played under conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Carlo Maria Giulini, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Charles Dutoit.
Alain De Rudder is principal trumpet of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra. He is a solo guest player with orchestras such as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Frankfurt, the NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, and ensembles such as Champ d’Action and I Solisti del Vento.
On historical instruments, he is the first solo trumpet in the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées and the Orchestra of the Collegium Vocale Gent. Furthermore he plays with ensembles such as Il Gardellino and B’Rock. He is professor of historical trumpets at LUCA School of Arts (Leuven) and MA’GO! (Antwerp).