Lukas Beno

Education: Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts

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.

Last updated 2018

David Elton

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Queensland Conservatorium, Northwestern University

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

Paul Goodchild

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: ?

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.

Last updated 2020

Brent Grapes

Australian Hometown: Perth
Education: Juilliard School, New York

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.

Last updated 2020

Shane Hooton

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


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.

Last updated 2018

Owen Morris

Australian Hometown(s): Sydney and Melbourne
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Owen is currently Principal Trumpet with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

In his early 20’s, Owen has had extensive orchestral experience including performing as guest principal trumpet with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. In 2015 Owen was appointed the inaugural trumpet fellowship position with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Owen enjoys performing concertos regularly with orchestras and bands across the country and internationally. Some of these experiences include performing concertos with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Youth Orchestra, Adelaide Wind Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Sinfonia and Seraphim Trio.

Owen performed the Haydn Trumpet Concerto with the Sydney Youth Orchestra on their 2017 International Tour to Europe. As a chamber musician, Owen frequently works with some of the countries finest small ensembles including the Australian Brass Quintet, Omega Ensemble and Sydney Brass.

He has also toured as guest artist with the Seraphim Trio. In 2013 Owen became a founding member of Bennelong Brass, who have toured extensively throughout Italy, as well as putting on their own concerts in Sydney and regional New South Wales.

Last updated 2019

Martin Phillipson

Australian Hometown(s): Sydney & Adelaide
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music High School; Hochshule für Musik, Berlin


Martin Phillipson began his Trumpet studies attending the Sydney Conservatorium High School under the tutelage of Lew Campbell. He then went to study undergraduate and postgraduate studies under Daniel Mendelow and Gordon Webb during his Bachelor and Masters Degree studies.

During this time he worked regularly with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet, Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney Brass Ensemble with Paul Goodchild and formed the Australian Brass Quintet with Dan Williams in 1994.

After touring with the Sydney Symphony to Europe in 1995, Martin moved to Germany where he studied under Max Sommerhalder at the Detmold Hochschule für Musik, and after graduating went on to be an assistant teacher there. During this time he was a member of the Northwest German Philharmonic Orchestra Herford, and performed with South West Radio Baden Baden, Deutsche Symphony Orchestra Berlin, and the German Bach Soloists; and several solo concertos with Orchestras in Münster and Herford.

After this time in Germany, Martin held two Principal Trumpet positions in Asia, firstly with the Malaysian Philharmonic and then the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, culminating in a European Tour with this orchestra in 2000

In 2001 Martin took up the position of Associate Principal Trumpet with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and has since also performed as Principal with the Queensland, Tasmanian and West Australian Symphony Orchestras.

In 2011 Martin was invited to play in the inaugural concerts for the Australian World Orchestra, a festival Orchestra with invited Australian musicians to perform at the Sydney Opera House with conductors Alex Brieger and Simone Young. The Australian World Orchestra reformed again in 2013, with Zubin Mehta conducting, and recently toured Singapore in 2016.

Martin also enjoys performing on the natural baroque trumpet, and has been a founding member of Australian Baroque Brass (with several recently released recordings) and has performed with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, and also with Adelaide Baroque.

Last updated 2020

Jenna Smith

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music


Jenna joined the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) in 2019, and is currently their Associate Principal Trumpet.

Jenna completed her Bachelor of Music performance degree with first class honours in 2016, studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Andrew Evans. While a student, she received the Ted and Susan Meller Memorial Scholarship, the James Witheford Foundation Award for Brass, and the Busby Musical Scholarship.

Jenna also participated in Australian Youth Orchestra programs from 2012 to 2017. In 2017 she performed as the AYO Principal Trumpet and received the AYO Accenture Scholarship. In 2017 and 2018 Jenna was the Trumpet Fellow in the Sydney Symphony Fellowship program. 

She has played with the Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Tasmanian symphony orchestras, the Opera Australia Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and the SSO Sinfonia. In 2016, she toured to Singapore as a member of the Australian World Orchestra’s Academy Program.

Jenna has performed as a soloist with The Metropolitan Orchestra and the Sydney Wind Symphony.

Last updated 2022

Sophie Spencer

Australian Hometown(s): Sydney & Melbourne
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music; Australian National Academy of Music

Sophie Spencer is currently studying at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under the tutelage of Tristram Williams. In 2017, Sophie was the recipient of a Sydney University Sydney Scholars Award and the J. J. Kelly Memorial Scholarship at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she commenced her Bachelor of Music (Performance) degree. She studied with Andrew Evans in 2017 and has studied with David Elton since 2013.

Sophie has performed in programs with the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) since 2014 and was the 2018 Principal Trumpet at National Music Camp, February Season and July Season. This year, she participated in the AYO Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Fellowship Program and an ANAM Side-by-Side project with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in a Brass Concert. Sophie has held Principal Trumpet positions in the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Wind Symphony and the Castle Hill RSL Youth Wind Orchestra, and has performed with Sydney Youth Orchestra, The Metropolitan Orchestra, The Musician’s Project, and Willoughby Symphony Orchestra.

Last updated 2020

Rosie Turner

Australian Hometown(s): Sydney & Melbourne
Education: University of Sydney

Rosie Turner grew up in Sydney and after completing her Bachelor of Music at the University of Sydney, moved to Philadelphia to study with David Bilger at the Curtis Institute of Music. Following this began as second trumpet in the Macau Orchestra where she played four seasons.

Since returning to Australia, Rosie has played primarily with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, the Opera Australia Orchestra, and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, until taking up the position of section trumpet with MSO in 2017.

Last updated 2020