Principal Horn

Emma Eden

Emma Eden is a proud Kiwi who began her musical life in Timaru playing the tenor horn in the Waimataitai School Brass Band. Emma then went on to study the french horn at Massey University, Wellington, with Heather Thompson.

After graduating with first class honours, Emma received a full scholarship attend the Banff Summer Music School (master class and orchestral programme) in Canada, following which she went to Toronto for an intensive horn and performance course with Joan Watson. In 2013 Emma was the recipient of both Winston Churchill and Auckland Philharmonia Foundation scholarships to travel to Berlin to study with members of the Berlin Philharmonic horn section.

Emma has been fortunate to appear as a soloist with The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, The Auckland Chamber Orchestra, The Auckland Symphony Orchestra, Pipers Sinfonia, The Manukau Symphony Orchestra and St Matthews Chamber Orchestra. She has also performed in all of New Zealand’s major orchestras, the Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. In 2009 Emma won the principal 3rd horn job in the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, a position she enjoyed for over ten years.

In 2020 Emma is delighted to be joining the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra as principal horn. Emma is passionate passionate about music education and it’s ability to make positive social changes in our communities. She believes the skills you acquire while learning an instrument or performing in an ensemble are invaluable for building confident, passionate, resilient and hard working individuals, which strongly influence the communities we live in. For this reason it is Emma’s long-term goal to ensure that every young person gets an equal opportunity to access high quality music education and to pursue their chosen instrument to the best of their abilities.

Outside of music Emma enjoys spending time with her daughter Maggie and running music workshops for the former refugee community here in New Zealand.