Principal Trumpet

Thomas Eves

Thomas Eves is from Christchurch and has been playing trumpet since the age of 6. Brought up playing in the Woolston Brass Band and St Andrew’s College Jazz Band, Thomas has gone on to focus on orchestral trumpet playing and has played with professional orchestras in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. 

Thomas is currently the Principal Trumpet of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and has held Acting Associate Principal Trumpet contracts with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in early 2013 and 2014.

In July 2012, Thomas completed a Master of Performance with Distinction at The Royal College of Music in London. During his time in London, Thomas won a trial for Principal Trumpet of The Royal Scottish National Orchestra and performed as a soloist with The Philharmonia Orchestra London Chamber Group in a concert trip to Klosters, Switzerland. Thomas also had the chance to work with Bernard Haitink playing An Alpine Symphony and Lorin Maazel playing Mahler 5 and also got to attend Maazel’s Castleton Festival in Virginia, USA in 2011. He gained his Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in Performance Trumpet at Canterbury University in Christchurch.

Thomas has also performed solo recitals in London at Cadogan Hall and in The Elgar Room at The Royal Albert Hall. Back at home, Thomas was runner up in the 2012 Gisborne International Music Competition, and in 2013 he won the New Zealand Woodwind and Brass Prize.

Thomas is an active teacher around Christchurch and is currently the trumpet teacher at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch School of Music, as well as teaching privately around the city.

Thomas has also been a keen basketball player, representing Canterbury and New Zealand at age group levels up until the age of 18.