In April I travelled around the world to audition at the
Conservatorium van Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and was accepted
to study with two phenomenal trumpet players, Omar Tomasoni and
Miroslav Petkov. They are the Co-Principal Trumpets of the Royal
Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, and between them at the CvA
teach a class of only three students.
To take up this epic opportunity I will be shifting from
Wellington to Amsterdam in August to start this exciting next
chapter in my life. During the time I'm there I will be constantly
surrounded by amazing opportunities, such as top international
artists and orchestras, other students to challenge me, and the
rich cultural fabric that Europe has to offer. This campaign will
help me out with the international fees I will have to pay at the
For those of you who don't know me so well, here's some
of the things I've done so far.
I'm a trumpet player from the amazing city of Wellington, New
Zealand. Last year I graduated with a bachelor of music at the NZ
School of Music, studying with Mark Carter and Mike Kirgan from the
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!
Thanks for helping boost me to Europe! All your support
is invaluable, as every last penny makes a huge