Lukas Beno

Education: Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY 
Lukas Beno is Principal Trumpet of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and is also a member of both the Australian World Orchestra and the historic Bayreuth Festival Orchestra. In addition, he is a founding member of the Gewandhaus Brass Quintett, which successfully tours throughout Europe. 

He has played as Guest Principal Trumpet with many prestigious international orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra in Hamburg and the Bavarian Radio Symphony.

Also as a celebrated soloist, Lukas Beno has performed with many European orchestras including the Gewandhausorchester, the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra and the Camerata Bern. 

Parallel to his performing career, Lukas Beno holds a professorship at the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts and gives regular master classes in Germany, USA, China, Australia, Venezuela, Cyprus, Brazil, Taiwan and Singapore.

Last updated 2022

Alfred Carslake holding trumpet

Alfred Carslake

Australian Hometown(s): Sydney
Education: Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, Germany; Sydney Conservatorium of Music

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Alfred Carslake is currently studying his Master’s degree at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, Germany, under the tutelage of Prof. Wim Van Hasselt. He completed his Bachelor of Music performance degree in 2019, studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Leanne Sullivan.

As a performer, Alfred has made guest appearances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Sydney Philharmonia, and in Germany with the Philharmonie Baden Baden. He has performed as Principal Trumpet with Ensemble Apex and the Metropolitan Orchestra of Sydney.

Alfred was a member of the Australia Youth Orchestra in 2019 for their European/China tour, has been a guest performer at the Australian National Academy of Music, and has attended the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute in Tasmania in 2015. In 2015 he was a featured performer in ENCORE at the Sydney Opera House.

In 2022, Alfred will tour to the United Kingdom with the Australian World Orchestra and Zubin Mehta.

Last updated 2022

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 2022

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.

Last updated 2022

Brent Grapes holding trumpet

Brent Grapes

Australian Hometown: Perth
Education: Juilliard School, New York

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Principal Trumpet of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra since 2013, Brent Grapes 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.

Last updated 2022

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.

Last updated 2018

Yoram Levy holding trumpet

Yoram Levy

Australian Hometown(s): Hobart

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Yoram Levy is the Principal Trumpet of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Head of Brass at the Australian Academy of Music.

In 1982 Mr. Levy was invited by Zubin Mehta to join the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s trumpet section. From 1982 to 1990 he worked regularly with many great conductors, participating in numerous recordings, and touring Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Australia. He has maintained his relationship with the IPO over the years having joined the orchestra on their Australian tours.

Since his appointment in 1990 as Senior Lecturer in Trumpet at the Queensland Conservatorium, Mr. Levy has been a leading Australian brass pedagogue.

His dedication to music education has contributed to the development of many exceptional brass instrumentalists and teachers.

Mr Levy has appeared as principal trumpet with the New Zealand Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Queensland Symphony, and the Malaysian Philharmonic.

He performed as soloist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Queensland Symphony. A featured soloist on TSO-ABC Classics recordings, his CD of 20th-century music for trumpet and organ with Christopher Wrench has won great acclaim.

Last updated 2022

Owen Morris

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

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
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

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY

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

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY

AWO ACADEMY PLAYER 2016
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