I am a trumpet player from Wellington, New Zealand. Last year I graduated with a bachelor of music at NZSM, studying with Mark Carter and Mike Kirgan from the NZSO.
My musical journey began when I was about 6, when I began learning to play the piano off mum. Soon I began to learn the cornet with the local brass band in Upper Hutt, and this soon lead on to trumpet lessons at the local music center. In high school I started cello lessons, and enjoyed it so much I chose to study cello alongside my trumpet studies, with Inbal Meggido at NZSM.
I have been lucky eough to play regularly with Orchestra Wellington, the NZSO, the Air Force Band, Wellington Brass, and a number of chamber groups since starting out at university. Some absolute highlights have been sitting as principal cornet of Wellington Brass for our last two national titles, being principal cornet and soloist with the National Youth Brass Band on our Australia tour this year, and playing principal trumpet in last year's epic NYO programme, with Jaime Martín, where I was awarded the Alex Lindsay Special Award for most outstanding player.
A highlight of this year has definitely been winning the Champion of Champions competition at the National Brass band contest in Hamilton. This is a competition I have always watched with such awe, and to be in this position is an achievemt i am incredibly proud of!