Huw is the Brass Unit Coordinator at the University of Auckland. He is also Principal Trumpet of the Auckland Philharmonia, where he has worked since 2009.
Huw studied in Melbourne at the Victorian College of the Arts with trumpeters Rob Sims, Tristram Williams and Geoffrey Payne.
Huw was a member of the Sydney Sinfonia, a training program run by the Sydney Symphony from 2005-2007 and from 2007-2009 studied at the Center for Advanced Musical Studies (USA), where he studied with trumpeters Hakan Hardenberger, Thomas Stevens, Mark Gould, Markus Stockhausen, Stephen Burns and Edward Carroll.
Huw is a founding member of Auckland Chamber Ensemble Brass, who bring world class chamber music into the concert halls and schools of New Zealand.
He is passionate about music education and is in demand as an educator and ensemble coach across New Zealand.
Aside from music, Huw enjoys long distance running, supporting the Melbourne Demons in the Australian Football League and gardening.
Teaching | Current
Brass Performance Class
Brass Orchestral Repertoire
Brass Mock Auditions
Brass Chamber Music Coaching
Brass Unit Coordinator
Areas of expertise
I am the brass and percussion unit coordinator. My main role is to teach trumpet students and present brass performance classes. I also coordinate brass examining and auditioning, tutor chamber music, run a brass ensemble, coach brass members of the University orchestra, and coordinate performance skills modules on auditions.
Beyond teaching students to be professional musicians, I teach students how to learn and foster their critical thinking skills. Students who are striving to be the best they can be in their chosen discipline learn life-long skills that translate into any field.
In my experience, students learn best when they are involved with real life tasks and challenges. A lot of the work I do with brass students requires them to learn by doing. I encourage students to perform as often as possible, and to audition for as many groups as they can. Following such experiences, students analyse and assess their performance or audition with me, and together we discuss their process and preparation, and students make written reflections. I would describe this as true experiential learning.
In one-on-one lessons and in class, I aim to create a safe environment that is interactive, collaborative and promotes problem-solving and critical thinking. I look to create a welcoming environment where students feel encouraged to present their opinions while respecting the opinions of others. I aim to foster a collaborative culture, asking students to give feedback on each other’s performances in brass class. By bringing their own personal experiences and knowledge to bear in this way, students enrich the course material, develop their own teaching skills and become stronger independent thinkers.