Young Achiever: Matthew blows his own trumpet
Modest Matthew Ross does not like to blow his own trumpet.
But Mr Ross will be doing it for a living after he was signed by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in Canada as the assistant principal trumpeter.
He said the job offer was “a dream come true”.
He added: “I feel very excited — the position is just for one year, but it’s a great opportunity to improve and grow as a musician.
“I’ve always loved music. There is something really special about it and it’s difficult for me to describe.
“I can’t imagine life without it.”
Mr Ross, 27, was introduced to the performing arts by his family.
He said: “My family is very musical, so I guess I grew up with it. My mother plays violin and both my father and my sister are active in the musical theatre community in Bermuda.
“I started the violin when I was in Grade 2, but I only played for about a year. At that age my main focus was on pretending to be an ‘Animorph’ with my best friend.
“I started the trumpet a bit later when I was 10 and have loved it ever since. “
Mr Ross said his trumpet teacher at Saltus Grammar School, Conrad Roach, had encouraged him to develop his skills. He later studied at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Ontario.
He taught trumpet at Sistema NM in Saint John, New Brunswick, after he graduated, but learnt this year that a job would become available with the Calgary Philarmonic and decided to apply.
Mr Ross said: “The orchestra posted the position opening around two months before the audition, which was on June 1 at the Jack Singer Concert Hall in Calgary.
“The audition experience was very positive. This was my seventh professional audition so I had a good idea in my mind how to prepare and focus.
“My family are very excited for me, I am incredibly fortunate to have such supportive parents and family members.”
Mr Ross’s work with the orchestra may be short-lived as the position became available because another trumpet player is on maternity leave, but he is looking forward to the experience.
He said: “I’m not sure how much the orchestra tours, but I will be playing the full season with them next year.”
Mr Ross said: “It was quite emotional telling my students that I was moving to Calgary. I’m planning to visit them next summer, though, I’m excited to see their progress.”
Mr Ross said other people who had an interest in music should pursue their ambitions.
But he warned that musical talent was only part of the equation.
Mr Ross explained: “Talent will only take you so far.
“Work hard and be kind to those around you. No one wants to play with a jerk.”