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Stuart Essenhigh- Principal Trumpet

The ESO are very pleased to welcome our new Principal Trumpet, Stuart Essenhigh. A native of Elgar country, Stuart grew up listening to the ESO before embarking on a distinguished international career in the UK, Europe and Asia. ESO Principal Conductor Kenneth Woods says of Essenhigh’s appointment that “filling such an important chair in an orchestra can be a daunting task and a difficult decision, but not in this case. Stuart’s virtuosity and leadership qualities are impossible to miss, and we’re all thrilled to have him join the orchestra at this exciting time.”

For his part, Essenhigh says ”I am delighted to become a core member of the ESO, and am very much looking forward to being part of the  team, and friends with the excellent musicians of ESO’.’



I was born in Ledbury, UK and started to play the trumpet at the age of eleven. At age eighteen I went to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

I studied with many of the UK’s top trumpet players and then set about working as an orchestral trumpet player. I’ve toured extensively in Europe with the Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester, playing in such cities as Poznan, St.Petersburg, Milan, Moscow, and many more, under the direction of such greats as Claudio Abbado and Riccardo Chailly.

After freelancing in Spain with the Orquestra de Galicia, I then moved to Hong Kong in 1996. Being the Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, was a post I really enjoyed and I stayed there for nine years.

I have also performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, theLondon Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, ENO and the BBC Philharmonic  to name a few.

Currently I am enjoying a busy freelance career which has included playing with many well known artists, such as , Michael Barenboim, Maxim Vengerov, Lang Lang, Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Shirley Bassey and many more.

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