David Elton


David Elton joined the London Symphony Orchestra as Principal Trumpet in December 2017. Prior to this appointment, David was Principal Trumpet with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for six years. He was also previously Principal Trumpet with the West Australian (2005-2011) and Adelaide (2000-2004) Symphony Orchestras.

David has performed as a guest principal with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO), and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. He is a founding member of the Australian Brass Quintet. As a soloist, David has performed concertos with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the ACO, and the world-premiere of James Ledger’s Trumpet Concerto with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Following studies in Australia, David gained a Masters Degree in Performance from Northwestern University, USA, where he studied with Charles Geyer and Barbara Butler. He is a member of the brass faculty at the Australian National Academy of Music.

Omar Tomasoni


Omar Tomasoni is principal trumpet player with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra since August 2013. Tomasoni graduated with honours from the conservatory of Brescia, where he quickly established a career as principal trumpeter with the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, the Janáček Festival Orchestra and – from 2004 to 2008 – the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under the direction of Zubin Mehta. Tomasoni has worked as a substitute with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Mozart Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. In 2008, he was appointed principal trumpeter with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, led by Sir Antonio Pappano.

He was awarded the Bronze Medal of the Italian Republic in 2003 for his achievements as an active member of the European Union Youth Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Tomasoni is a member and co-founder of the eclectic wind quintet Italian Wonderbrass.

Omar Tomasoni is YAMAHA Artist

Katy Woolley

French horn

Katy Woolley is one of the most exciting young horn players in Europe. Aged only 22 she was appointed Principal Horn in the Philharmonia Orchestra having previously been awarded the Third Horn position whilst still a student. Since her appointment she has forged a formidable reputation performing the most demanding repertoire in some of the world’s greatest orchestras.

She is currently enjoying exploring the delights of the chamber and solo repertoire, performing works from the likes of Richard Strauss, Mozart and Britten (first appearing as a soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra while still studying at the Royal College of Music) to new commissions, most recently “Forest, a Concerto for 4 Horns” by Tansy Davies.

Born in Exeter, Katy began playing at the age of ten and studied with Sue Dent and later Simon Rayner. She graduated from the Royal College of Music with a first class degree and was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal. Katy served as Principal Horn in the EUYO for two years and undertook further study in Berlin with Christian-Friedrich Dallmann. Katy is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music and also at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Scott Hartman


Scott Hartman, who joined the Yale faculty in 2001 at Lecturer in Trombone, received his B.M. and M.M. degrees from the Eastman School of Music and began his career by joining the Empire Brass Quintet and the Boston University faculty in 1984.

As a trombone soloist and with his various chamber groups, Mr. Hartman has taught and played concerts throughout the world and in all fifty states. He regularly performs and records with the Yale Brass Trio, Proteus 7, the Millennium Brass, the Brass Band of Battle Creek, and the trombone quartet Four of a Kind. Mr. Hartman spends several weeks each summer in residence at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.

Rex Martin


Prof. Per-Kristian Svensen

Youth ensemble/Orchestral studies

Professor Per-Kristian Svensen is a trombonist. He is educated at the Rogaland Music Conservatory, Music Academy in Gothenburg and NCOS orchestral school in London. He has worked as a solo trombonist in Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Malmö Symphony Orchestra and Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. He has been the initiator and teacher at many summer courses, including Blekinge International Brass Academy.
PK Svensen has been a teacher at the Malmö Academy of Music and at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark. Since autumn 2012, Per-Kristian has been employed as a trombone teacher at the Institute for musikk og dance in Stavanger, UIS, where he is also head of the wind department.