Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Alma maters: Sydney Conservatorium, Australian National School of Music, McGill University
Awards/competitions: 1st place, 2014 McGill Concerto Competition Brass; 1st place, 2012 Australian Open Brass Champion of Champions, Melbourne; 1st Place, 2009-12 Australian Open Trumpet; 1st place, 2010 International Trumpet Guild Junior Solo; 1st place, 2010 Australian Junior Brass Champion of Champions; 1st place, 2006-10 Australian Junior Trumpet
Appearances: Sydney Symphony Orchestra, 2012–16; Montreal Symphony Orchestra, 2014–16; Soloist, Calgary Philarmonic Orchestra, 2016; Music Academy of the West, 2016, 2014, 2013; Castleton Music Festival, 2015; Aldeburgh World Orchestra, 2012
Musical origins: I began playing at age 7.
How did you hear about TŌN? I heard about TŌN through a friend, and I loved the thought of working in a quasi-pro orchestra.
Favorite piece to play: Debussy’s La mer
Favorite obscure piece: Eric Ewazen’s Trio for Violin, Trumpet and Piano
Favorite composer fact: Lully died after stabbing himself in the foot with a conducting staff.
Favorite musical memory: Playing associate principal trumpet for huge repertoire in the London proms concert with the Aldeburgh World Orchestra
Which composer would have had the best social media: Berlioz, as it would be hilarious
Favorite fact about your instrument: The trumpet can be played in any environment at any time, from cold to under water.
Favorite non-classical band: The Beatles
Musical guilty pleasure: Listening to bluegrass music
Best album to have on repeat: Panic! at the Disco’s Pretty. Odd.
What recording would you take to a deserted island: Anything Phil Smith related
Proudest accomplishment: Being runner-up for the Calgary Philharmonic Associate Principal Trumpet Position
Favorite non-musical activity: Playing any and all sports
Last book read: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Always work hard, but always choose to work smart over working hard. Be efficient!