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Australian trumpet player Tetsuya Lawson is currently Principal Trumpet of the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet orchestras. Giving performances described as “alert, precise and exhilarating throughout,” by Performing ArtsHub, Tetsuya Lawson enjoys a varied career as an orchestral musician, chamber player, solo performer, and educator.


As an orchestral musician, Tetsuya has performed extensively throughout Australia and internationally including concerts in The Royal Concertgebouw, the Concert Hall of the KKL Lucerne, Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, Tongyeong Concert Hall, Regentabau, Sydney Opera House and the Royal Festival Hall. Tetsuya has performed as a substitute musician with the Houston Symphony, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO), National Symphony, Kyushu Symphony, Grand Teton Festival and Sarasota orchestras. He was recently invited to perform as Guest Associate Principal Trumpet with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway.

Tetsuya has also performed as both a soloist and competition winner with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and he also performs frequently as guest principal trumpet with diverse chamber ensembles such as the Southern Cross Soloists and Camerata (Australia).

Tetsuya has attended world-renowned music festivals and academies including the Tanglewood Music Center, Pacific Music Festival (Japan), the Lucerne Festival Academy (Switzerland), and the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme (UK). Tetsuya completed his undergraduate studies at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University studying primarily under Sarah Butler and Richard Madden. He then attended Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music (USA) as a graduate student where he studied with Barbara Butler and Charlie Geyer.

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Tetsuya is a proud Bach Brass trumpet artist.

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