Andrew Bain

Australian Hometown: Adelaide
Education: Elder Conservatorium, University of Adelaide; University of Music Karlsruhe, Germany

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
ANDREW BAIN was appointed to the Chair of Principal Horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic by Gustavo Dudamel in May 2011.

Raised in Adelaide, Andrew was first introduced to music at the age of 8 when he took up the piano. Four years later, he was enrolled at Brighton High School in their special music program and soon after switched to the French horn because he loved the sound. Andrew ultimately received a Bachelor in Music from the Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide studying with Patrick Brislan. He furthered his studies with Geoff Collinson in Sydney, Hector McDonald in Vienna, and in 2003 completed a Graduate Diploma in Chamber Music under Will Sanders in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Prior to moving to LA Andrew held positions of Principal Horn of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Symphoniker and the Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra, and Associate Principal Horn of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. From 2003-2012 he was the Principal Horn of the Colorado Music Festival.

A highly regarded solo artist, Andrew has appeared regularly as a soloist with the LA Phil since joining the orchestra. Andrew has also appeared at the front of the stage with the Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, Colorado Music Festival, Colburn Orchestra and Music in the Round Festival. In 2015 Andrew presented the world premiere of Brad Warnaar’s Horn Concerto with the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra and looks forward to recording the work in 2016. A keen chamber musician, Andrew loves to explore the possibilities of the horn in various ensembles and most recently gave the first performance of Geoffrey Gordon’s Winterleben for Mezzo Soprano, Horn and Piano.

In addition to performing, Andrew is passionate about education and is proud to be the Horn Professor at the Colburn School Conservatory. Andrew has held teaching positions with the Australian National Academy of Music, University of Melbourne, Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music and Sydney Conservatorium. He has also given master classes and lectures throughout the United States, Europe and Australasia.

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Lukas Beno


Education: Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY 
Lukas Beno is Principal Trumpet of the Gewandhausorchester as well as a member of both the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and the Australian World Orchestra. Together with other principal brass players he became a founding member of the Gewandhaus Brass Quintett, which successfully tours throughout Europe. He has played as Guest Principal Trumpet with the Berliner Philharmoniker, the NDR Symphony Orchester in Hamburg, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden any many other prestigious orchestras.

Lukas Beno has played as a celebrated soloist with such orchestras as the Gewandhausorchester, the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra and the Camerata Bern. Parallel to his artistic career, he holds regular master classes in Germany as well as in the USA, China, Australia, Venezuela, Cyprus, Brazil, Taiwan and Singapore. Lukas Beno studied with Prof. Günther Beetz in Mannheim.

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Michael Bertoncello

Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: Victorian College of the Arts

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Originally from Melbourne, Michael studied music at the Victorian College of the Arts before taking up a position with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Michael went on to hold numerous orchestral positions around the world, including Solo Trombone with the Tonhalle Orchestra, Zurich and most recently Trombonist of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. In high demand as a soloist and teacher Michael has made guest appearances at many world class institutions, including Zurich University of the Arts, Northwestern University Chicago, The Julliard School of Music New York amongst others.

On his return to Melbourne, Michael joined the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, however his creative focus and passion turned to mentoring and chamber music. Michael held senior academic positions at the Universities of Melbourne and Tasmania as well as the Australian National Academy of Music and also was a founding member of the world renowned Australian Brass Quintet.In 2013, Michael decided to change direction and embarked on a path that involved less travel, concerts and teaching and more focus on things that were more important to us, family and balance.

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David Cribb

Australian Hometown: Queensland
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
David Cribb was born in Australia and grew up on a cattle property in Queensland. After studying in Brisbane and Sydney, where he gained his first orchestral experience with the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, he moved to Germany in 1998 and studied with David Glidden in Frankfurt.

During this time he played with various chamber music ensembles such as “HR Brass” and “bach, blech and blues”. From 2000 to 2005 David Cribb was principal tuba player with the orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin and has been employed as principal tuba player with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig since 2005. David plays in the “Gewandhaus Brass Quintett” and with his colleagues in the large brass ensemble “Leipzig Brass”.

He has been teaching the orchestra academics in tuba since 2008, has a teaching position at the “Felix Mendelssohn Barthold” University of Music and Theater in Leipzig and is active as a brass lecturer at courses and festivals.

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Timothy Dowling

Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: Victorian College of the Arts

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY

Melbourne-born trombonist Timothy Dowling has been living and working in the Netherlands since 1988. Equally at home on modern or historical trombones, he divides his time between his position as principal trombonist of the Residentie Orchestra in The Hague, professor of trombone at the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague, and performing with various Baroque and Renaissance ensembles.

Timothy began playing brass instruments at the age of nine in Wagga Wagga. Later he continued his studies at the Canberra School of Music with Leonard Fischer, before returning to Melbourne in 1977 to study at the Victorian College of the Arts with Roger Davies and Michael Mulcahy.

After playing two seasons in the Australian Youth Orchestra, he began his professional career in the Victorian State Orchestra in 1979. Appointments as principal trombonist in the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra (now Opera Australia Orchestra) followed, before he was appointed associate principal trombonist of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1986.

After being appointed solo trombonist of the Residentie Orchestra in The Hague in 1988, Timothy emigrated to the Netherlands. With the Residentie Orchestra he has toured Europe, Japan and South America, and has worked with many notable conductors including Gennady Roszdestvensky, Franz Welser-Möst, Yevgeny Svetlanov, Hans Vonk, Jaap van Zweden and Neeme Järvi. He has also often performed as guest principal trombonist in the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, and Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra.

Timothy is a noted performer on historical instruments, and a founder member of baroque ensemble In Stil Moderno. He has performed with Orchestre de la Champs Elysees, La Petite Bande, Weser Renaissance, Il Fondamento, Combattimento Consort, and is currently principal trombonist with Anima Eterna Bruges.

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David Elton

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Queensland Conservatorium, Northwestern University

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
David Elton is recognised as one of the world’s most sought-after trumpet players.

Principal Trumpet of the London Symphony Orchestra since December 2017 and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra since 2011, David is also a trumpet professor at the Royal College of Music in London, and a member of the Australian National Academy of Music brass faculty in Melbourne.

As a soloist, David has performed Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in Vietnam with the London Symphony Orchestra, given the world-premiere of James Ledger’s Trumpet Concerto (a work that was written for him) with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, as well as performing other concerti with various orchestras including the Sydney Symphony and Australian Chamber and Canberra Symphony Orchestras.

Prior to his LSO and SSO appointments, David Elton was Principal Trumpet with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (2005-2011) and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (2000-2004).  He has also performed as a Guest Principal Trumpet with the New York Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Australian World Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.

David is an active chamber musician, most recently giving the world premiere of David Sampson’s Memories to Keep Awhile at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. He is a founding member of the Australian Brass Quintet with whom he regularly tours throughout Australia and beyond.

David has recently given masterclasses in London, Paris, Madrid, Houston,  Aarhus, Karlskona, as well as Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide.  A frequent tutor of the Australian Youth Orchestra, he was also Artist in Residence and the 2019 AYO National Music Camp.

David began learning the trumpet at the age of nine, later studying with Paul Goodchild in Sydney.  He gained a Bachelor of Music degree from the Queensland Conservatorium (where he studied with Yoram Levy) and was recipient of the Conservatorium Medal. He furthered his studies with Charles Geyer and Barbara Butler, graduating with a master’s degree in performance from Northwestern University, Illinois, USA in 1999.



Last updated 2018

David Evans

Australian Hometown(s): Melbourne & Perth
Education: Victorian College of the Arts, Australian National Academy of Music

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY

David Evans studied horn at the University of Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts, gaining his Bachelor of Music in 1999 before completing three programs at the Australian National Academy of Music. In 2002 David was appointed Principal Horn with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and has since appeared as a soloist with WASO on numerous occasions, performing works by Schumann, Mozart and Britten.

David has performed as Guest Principal Horn in the Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmanian and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras, and in July 2010 David performed a recital as a featured artist at the 42nd International Horn Symposium in Brisbane. David was a member of the Australian World Orchestra in 2013, and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in September 2013. 

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Paul Goodchild

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: ?

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Paul Goodchild studied trumpet in Sydney and Europe and was appointed a full-time member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at age 18, later becoming Associate Principal Trumpet. After 40 years with the SSO, he has toured extensively throughout the USA, Europe, Japan, Taiwan and Asia, as well as Singapore, China and Korea with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. He is Principal Trumpet of many of Sydney’s freelance orchestras and frequently performs with the Chamber Soloists of Sydney, Collegium Musicum at UNSW, Australia Ensemble, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, with whom he has also been a soloist.

In 2009 he performed in the Townsville Chamber Music Festival and in the Sydney Festival with the London Sinfonietta and Morphoses Ballet. Leading Australian composers have written works for him, including Carl Vine, Ross Edwards, Barry McKimm, David Stanhope, Matthew Hindson and Paul Stanhope. In 2005 he gave the premiere of Alan Holley’s trumpet concerto Doppler’s Web with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, reprising it in 2006 with the Queensland Orchestra.

Paul Goodchild is Musical Director of the Waverley Bondi Beach Band and Director of Sydney Brass, one of Australia’s oldest and most respected chamber music ensembles.

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Brent Grapes

Australian Hometown: Perth
Education: Juilliard School, New York

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Brent Grapes is the Principal Trumpet of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, having previously held the position of Principal Trumpet in the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Following completion of his early musical studies in Perth, Brent studied at the Juilliard School in New York, during which time he was also a member of the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra.

In 2008 and 2009, Brent competed in the US National Trumpet competition, winning first place for two consecutive years and subsequently as a soloist Brent has performed the Haydn, Aratunian and Jolivet trumpet concerti with orchestras in the United States, Australia, China and New Zealand.

Currently the Head of Brass at the WA Academy of Performing Arts at Edith Cowan University, Brent has conducted masterclasses at the University of Auckland and the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). His former teachers include David Elton, Raymond Mase and Mark Gould.

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