Jason was born on the Isle of Man, where he started learning to play the cornet when he was six. He studied at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester from the age of ten, being a member of the National Youth Orchestra for the last two years of his studies at Chetham’s, and Principal Trumpet for the final year.
He has now graduated with a first class honours degree, and also received the Queen’s award for excellence from the Royal Academy of Music, after studying under Mark David, Paul Beniston and John Hutchins. He will begin teaching there in September 2014, where he will be the James Watson Associate Professor of Trumpet.
Jason’s emerging career has led to him perform with the Halle Orchestra, Onyx Brass and SuperBrass as well as playing Guest Principal Trumpet with the Gabrieli Consort, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Touring performances have taken him throughout Europe, the Americas, Australasia, and across Asia. Prior to joining the Philharmonia, Jason was on trial for the Principal Trumpet position in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He was offered the Principal Trumpet positions in the latter two before deciding to join the Philharmonia. Jason is also a founding member of an award winning London-based brass quintet, Inner City Brass. To find out more information, please visit www.innercitybrass.co.uk.
Being appointed to the position of principal trumpet of the Philharmonia Orchestra makes Jason one of the youngest principal trumpets in the UK, and possibly the world.
The Philharmonia’s Principal Trumpet Chair is endowed by Daan and Maggie Knottenbelt.
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