Jason Evans, principal trumpet with the Philharmonia Orchestra, has achieved further success.
The Manx-born Island of Culture youth ambassador has been appointed the Royal Academy of Music’s James Watson Associate Professor of Trumpet, only weeks after completing his Bachelor’s degree at the Academy with first class honours and being awarded the Queen’s Commendation Award for Outstanding Studentship.
The Academy’s artistic director and head of brass Mark David said: ‘From December 2012 to July this year, Jason combined his studies at the Academy with fulfilling his duties as principal trumpet in the Philharmonia Orchestra. This appointment is further acknowledgement of the invaluable role played by many successful alumni in the daily life at the Academy.
‘Jason will make visits during the term working with groups of students in a variety of activities, including chamber music, orchestral repertoire and audition techniques.
‘Jason’s meteoric rise mirrors that of the late Professor James Watson, who was appointed as principal trumpet of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra by Rudolf Kempe while still a student at the Academy. Jason was part of the last cohort to start their studies when Jim Watson was head of the brass department and so it is particularly fitting that he will be the first holder of this prestigious new position.’