Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone Horn
Nick Hewett was born in Lismore, Australia, and began learning the trumpet at the age of seven. Nick completed his high school music studies a year early, and began taking music classes at Southern Cross University, which led to performances with several internationally renowned musicians including composer Michael Hannan and jazz musicians Scott Tinkler, Greg Lyon, and David Ades. His teachers included John Allen and John Hoffman. Nick received scholarships to attend the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2005, where he completed his Bachelor of Music under the tutelage of Bruce Hellmers, a member of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. While attending the Conservatorium, Nick played lead trumpet in the Conservatorium Big Band under the direction of his mentor, William Motzing. While residing in Sydney, Nick worked frequently as a soloist, performing for many notable figures such as the Governor of New South Wales Professor Marie Bashir, and businessman and philanthropist Dick Smith. He also performed as a soloist for the renowned Musica Viva Australia. He played on recording sessions around Sydney, including for composer Andrew Ford, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). He also gave Australian premieres of several works for trumpet and piano such as Larry Thomas Bell’s Poems for Trumpet and Piano and David Snow’s Winter. Nick played lead trumpet in several shows, and was a substitute musician for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, working with conductors such as Carl Davis. It was during this time that Nick also performed as a member of the JazzGroove Mothership Orchestra. In 2008, Nick traveled to the United States to study with trumpeter Chris Gekker, and in 2010 began his studies at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music under Edmund Cord, where he graduated with a Master of Music. In 2014, Nick was invited to give the world premiere of Natalie Williams’ Hejnal Mariacki at the International Trumpet Guild Conference. He is currently based in the San Francisco Bay area where he maintains an active career as a performer and teacher. Nick has been invited to give master classes, including an invitation from Dr. Kathryn Adduci to present a master class at San Jose State University. His students are frequently accepted to youth orchestras and colleges.