RSNO appoints Associate Principal Trumpet

Jason Lewis joins Scotland’s national orchestra in the Spring

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has announced that Jason Lewis has been appointed to the position of Associate Principal Trumpet. Lewis will officially take up the post in May 2019.

Lewis joins from the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, where he is currently Principal Trumpet. He has been performing with the RSNO since May 2018 and joined the Orchestra on its most recent tour of China, with Music Director Thomas Søndergård and soloist Nicola Benedetti.

Born in Aberystwyth, mid-Wales in 1989, Lewis went on to study Trumpet at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama for four years with Principal Trumpet of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Philippe Schartz. Lewis gained a First-Class Honours degree before completing a Master of Arts at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

RSNO Principal Trumpet Christopher Hart: “Jason is a tremendously talented musician and I’m thrilled that he’s decided to join us in the RSNO. Always striving for artistic excellence, I know that he will be a fantastic asset to our brass section and we’re all looking forward to having him in the Orchestra.”

RSNO Associate Principal Trumpet Jason Lewis: “I’m delighted to be appointed to the RSNO, an orchestra I’ve admired for many years. I consider it to be an honour to join a brass section with such an incredible reputation and very much look forward to performing with my esteemed colleagues.”

Lewis officially joins the RSNO as Associate Principal Trumpet in May but will join the Orchestra beforehand, in March/April for its first tour of the USA with recently appointed Music Director Thomas Søndergård.

Audiences in Edinburgh and Glasgow will have the opportunity to hear one of the programmes due to be performed by the RSNO in the USA. Sibelius’ Symphony No7, Prokofiev’s Symphony No5 and Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with soloist Olga Kern appears at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh on Friday 22 March and at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 23 March.

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