David Elton holding trumpet

David Elton

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Queensland Conservatorium, Northwestern University

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Currently Principal Trumpet of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, David Elton’s performance career has seen him play with many of this country’s and the world’s leading orchestras, most recently as Principal Trumpet with the London Symphony Orchestra.  He has also performed as guest Principal Trumpet with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Australian World Orchestra, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. 

As an educator, David has served on the faculties of many of Australia’s tertiary institutions and the Royal College of Music in London. He is currently on the faculties of both the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne and the Sydney Conservatorium.  

An enthusiastic mentor of young musicians, David regularly appears as a guest at workshops for community groups and youth orchestras. As an active soloist, David is in demand having performed concertos with a variety of ensembles including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Canberra Symphony Orchestra.  Active as a chamber musician, he has joined other musicians performing at festivals including the Bendigo Chamber Music Festival and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville.

Last updated 2023

David Evans holding horn

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, the Victorian College of the Arts, and 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, Malaysian Philharmonic 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 (dec’d)

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.

Paul sadly died of cancer in March 2022. He is missed by his colleagues at the Australian World Orchestra.

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Brent Grapes holding trumpet

Brent Grapes

Australian Hometown: Perth
Education: Juilliard School, New York

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Brent Grapes has been Associate Principal Trumpet of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra since 2023. Previously, he was Principal Trumpet of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra for 10 years. Brent started his musical studies in his hometown of Perth before attending the Juilliard School in New York. Former teachers include David Elton, Raymond Mase and Mark Gould.

During his time in the United States, he established a reputation as both an orchestral trumpeter and as a soloist. In 2007, Brent was the winner of the Juilliard School concerto competition, culminating in a performance of the Jolivet Concertino for Trumpet, Piano and Strings with the Juilliard Orchestra at Lincoln Center. Brent is also a 2 time winner of the US National Trumpet Competition, in 2007 and 2008.

In November 2022, Brent is thrilled to premiere a newly commissioned trumpet concerto composed by Nigel Westlake.

Brent has performed as guest Principal Trumpet for the Sydney Symphony, the Australian World Orchestra and is a frequent guest musician with the Australian Brass Quintet. In addition to his performing roles, Brent is a passionate educator, and in addition to giving guest masterclasses at the Australian National Academy of Music and tutoring members of the Australian Youth Orchestra, he is the Head of Brass at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

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Shane Hooton

Australian Hometown(s): Brisbane & Melbourne
Education: Queensland Conservatorium of Music

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY

Shane Hooton is the Associate Principal Trumpet of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2009. Prior to this he was the Principal Trumpet of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra for four years. Shane undertook his Bachelor of Music studies at the Queensland Conservatorium with Graham Ashton, Richard Madden, John Hoffman and Paul Rawson. He has performed as Guest Principal with all of the Australian symphony and opera/ballet orchestras.

He has also been a guest of the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa in Japan, the Malaysian Philharmonic, and the Auckland Philharmonia. His international touring includes the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s USA tour in 2009, the MSO’s Europe tour in 2007 and to Europe as Principal Trumpet with both the Australian and Queensland Youth Orchestras. Shane was also a founding member of brass quintet ‘Brass On Tap’, touring extensively throughout Queensland and to Korea.

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Ben Jacks

Australian Hometown(s): Hobart & Sydney
Education: University of Western Australia

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Ben Jacks was born in Hobart in 1975 and, after studying with Heidi Kepper at the University of Western Australia, he travelled overseas, studying with Dale Clevenger and Gail Williams in Chicago, Stefan Dohr in Berlin, Erich Penzel in Cologne and Hector McDonald in Vienna.

He joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as Principal Third Horn in 1998 and in 2001 was appointed Principal Horn. In Australia he has also appeared as a guest principal with the Tasmanian, Adelaide, Queensland, West Australian and Melbourne Symphony orchestras and the Opera Australia Orchestra. Internationally, he has performed with the period instrument ensemble Academy of Vienna, regularly appears as guest principal with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Ensemble Kanazawa in Japan, and in 2017 was invited by Riccardo Muti to perform as guest principal with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed as guest principal with the London Symphony Orchestra since 2014, and in 2018 joined the LSO on tour with Simon Rattle.

In 2003 he played Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn and strings with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (also performing the same work with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra). He is a founding member of the Australian Brass Quintet, and maintains a busy schedule as a soloist and chamber musician. His debut recording, Rhapsodie: Fantasie: Poème, conducted by Barry Tuckwell, features previously unrecorded works for horn and orchestra by Jean-Michel Damase.

Last updated 2023

Lin Jiang

Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: University of Melbourne; Victorian College of the Arts

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Principal Horn of the HK Phil, Lin Jiang was born in Shanghai in 1986. He moved to Australia at the age of five and began playing the horn at the age of ten. As one of Australia’s most sought-after horn soloists, he has performed solos with the Melbourne, Tasmania and Sydney Symphony orchestras, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Australian Youth Orchestra. 

Lin has won prizes in international competitions and was a finalist in the prestigious Freedman Fellowship Programme. In 2008, at the age of 21, he won the Principal Horn position of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, making him the youngest principal in the history of the orchestra. In 2013 he was appointed to the Principal Horn position of the HK Phil. As a guest principal, he has played with top orchestras around the world that include the Australian Chamber, Australian World, Sydney, Melbourne, Seoul, Vienna, Asian Philharmonic and Dallas Symphony orchestras. 

He has worked with renowned conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta and Jaap van Zweden. As an avid pedagogue, Lin holds guest faculty positions at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Hong Kong Baptist and Chinese Universities. He previously taught at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore and frequently gives masterclasses around the world at various music festivals and tertiary institutions. 

Lin has released a CD of the Mozart Horn Concertos with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Barry Tuckwell and a CD of solo works under the Melba Recordings label, both to critical acclaim.

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Scott Kinmont holding trombone

Scott Kinmont

Australian Hometown(s): Brisbane & Sydney
Education: Queensland Conservatorium of Music; Australian National University, Canberra; Northwestern University, Chicago

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Since his appointment to the position of Associate Principal Trombone with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the age of 20, Scott Kinmont has established himself as one of Australia’s leading brass players and educators. Scott began learning the trombone through the Queensland Education Department’s Instrumental Music Programme with Mr Jim Hartingdon, later studying through the Queensland Conservatorium with Mr Arthur Middleton and then concluded his tertiary level studies with Mr Michael Mulcahy at the Australian National University in Canberra. In 2002 he was the recipient of the Fulbright Award for the Visual and Performing Arts, completing his Master’s degree studying Trombone performance and conducting, and appearing as Guest Lecturer in Euphonium at Northwestern University in Chicago. In addition to his formal studies, Scott has also had lessons with many of the world’s leading brass players, including members of the Berlin Philharmonic, The Chicago Symphony, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Los Angeles Symphony.

As a soloist, Scott holds the unusual distinction of winning international solo competitions on both the trombone and the euphonium.  He appears regularly as a guest artist around the Asian region giving recitals and masterclasses at many leading music institutions and festivals, and has appeared as soloist with a variety of ensembles including orchestras, brass bands and big bands.  Scott is also a member of the acclaimed Australian Brass Quintet.

Apart from his Sydney Symphony Orchestra commitments, Scott has appeared as a guest with orchestras in Australia, Germany, New Zealand, and throughout the Asian region.

In 2017, Scott made his professional conducting debut leading the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Brass Ensemble and, after this successful collaboration, returned for performances with them in 2019 and 2022.

As an educator, Scott is currently teaching at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in Melbourne and recently completed a 13 year tenure as the Lecturer in Trombone and Euphonium studies at the Sydney Conservatorium with many former students now holding positions in orchestras in Australia, Europe and the US. Scott has also appeared as a guest lecturer at universities in the US, New Zealand, China, Singapore, and Australia.

Scott has more recently explored the world of original instrument performance.  Recent undertakings have included performances and recording projects on the Renaissance Trombone (or sackbut) and the more obscure Serpent, as well as being a founding member of the Sydney Ophicleide Quartet. 

Last updated 2023

Claudia Leggett holding horn

Claudia Leggett

Australian Hometown(s): Brisbane
Education: Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University; Australian National Academy of Music

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Horn player Claudia Leggett was recently the successful candidate in the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Principal Third Horn audition and will begin her trial with the orchestra in October.  Claudia is the current Sydney Symphony Orchestra Horn Fellow.  She has performed as a casual musician with the Queensland and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, the Queensland Festival Philharmonic Orchestra and has toured internationally with the Australian International Opera Company.  In 2022 she also completed a week-long Fellowship with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra through the Australian Youth Orchestra and is the principal horn of the AYO this year. 

Claudia is originally from Queensland and graduated from a Bachelor of Music with distinction from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in 2019.  Whilst completing her studies, she played with the Queensland Youth Symphony and was featured as a soloist at the Queensland Youth Orchestras’ Morning Music recital series.  She got her first professional playing experience through an internship with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in 2019.  She then moved to Melbourne to study at the Australian National Academy of Music where she was awarded the ANAM Obligato Chamber Music Encouragement Award.  

Last updated 2022

Saul Lewis

Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Saul Lewis has been a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Horn section since 2009 and holds the position of Principal Third Horn. After completing his A.S.C.M. at the Sydney Conservatorium, Saul was awarded a Big Brother Scholarship and studied with many of the pre-eminent horn players in London and Germany. He later completed his Masters Degree in Performance in Sydney under Tony Buddle and became Principal 3rd Horn with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra in 1994. 

He has played with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony and Australian Chamber Orchestra as well as being active in the commercial scene on film scores. Saul was a founding member of the Sydney wind quintet Enigma Five and was reviewed for his “fine horn playing” in a concerto performance with Cove Chamber Ensemble in 1991. He won the position of Principal 3rd Horn with the MSO in 2010 and is also teaching at Monash University and the University of Melbourne

Last updated 2022