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Grevillea Ensemble

Andrew Evans - trumpet

Andrew Evans began his career in music as a cornet player in brass bands in Hobart, Tasmania. He studied trumpet with Arthur Edwards and Bruce Lamont and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Tasmania.

From 1984-1995 Andrew was a member of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and taught trumpet at the University of Western Australia. In 1987 he won a German Government Exchange scholarship (DAAD) to continue his studies with Konradin Groth at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and performed as an extra player with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

After returning to Australia, he toured internationally with the contemporary music ensemble, ELISION, and was a lecturer at Monash University. As an active freelance musician, he has performed with the Melbourne Symphony, Orchestra Victoria and in shows such as Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera and Sunset Boulevard. A highlight was a 1999 concert performance of ‘Penny Lane’ with Sir George Martin conducting.

Having joined the Sydney Conservatorium’s faculty in 2001, Andrew is also a member of Sydney Brass, which has recently recorded for Tall Poppies and toured for Musica Viva. Recent career highlights include tours and performances with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Sting, Burt Bacharach, the Sydney Symphony and SSO Brass Ensemble.

Andrew is an active researcher of early brass instruments and performers. Specific areas of interest delve into the trumpeters aboard the Dutch East Indies ship Batavia in 1628 and early brass instrument manufacturing in Sydney in the early 20th century. He has recently presented papers at the Performers Voice Symposium in Singapore, the International Trumpet Guild Conference and the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS).

In 2010 Andrew attended a natural trumpet-making course in Indiana, USA, where he made a replica of trumpet from 1650.

Recent solo performances have included Echo III for trumpet and digital delay system by Roger Smalley and Occultation by Matthias Pintscher.