After studying horn at Auckland and Victoria (Wellington) universities, Gregory’s first engagements with the NZSO were as a casual player in 1976. More experience followed with a position in the then Symphonia of Auckland, and further private study in Chicago. Greg moved to Australia at the end of the 70’s and was a member of the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust Sydney Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. He slowly moved south, looking for a part of Australia he liked, until after Tasmania, the only option was to return to New Zealand in 1987, to take up his current position in the NZSO. Greg has been Lecturer in Horn and Artist Teacher at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music and the NZ School of Music. In recent years he has made occasional appearances with orchestras as diverse as the Southern Sinfonia and the Guangzhou Film and Television Orchestra. Greg has an interest in historic horn-related instruments, enjoys cooking (and eating), and does a bit of tramping, sometimes with an alphorn on his back. He has two adult sons and lives in Newtown with his wife Anne, who is a member of the NZSO First Violin section.


Before joining the NZSO horn section in 2010 David was Principal/Acting Principal horn of 10 orchestras in the US, Spain, and Mexico, including the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, the Mexico City Philharmonic, and the UNAM Philharmonic Orchestra in Mexico City. In 2009 he was guest Principal Horn of the Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid in Madrid. He graduated from Northern Illinois University, where he attended as a full scholarship student and was a solo competition winner. While a student he was invited to study at the music festivals at Tanglewood and the Music Academy of the West, and was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony.

On different occasions David has taken time off his music career to pursue other interests, and for four years was the caretaker of a 300 acre farm in Vermont, tending cows, chickens, turkeys and bees. David is very pleased to have settled in New Zealand, and outside of the orchestra enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, tramping and working in the garden.


Supported by Wellington Community Trust

Heather was born in Taranaki, but raised in the King Country and later Auckland, attending Epsom Girls’ Grammar School. Inspired by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, she became the school’s first brass player, on trumpet and then more happily, on horn. After graduating from Auckland University in modern languages and music, she attended the Berlin Hochschule for Music, studying with Gerd Seifert, Principal Horn of the Berlin Philharmonic. She returned to Auckland to play Principal Horn with the Symphonia of Auckland, but the lure of London in the 70’s was too great and continued further study with the famous horn soloist and teacher, Ifor James, and freelancing in the UK and Europe. One of the most memorable occasions was a gig with the London Symphony Orchestra where she was the only female player in the whole band! It was quite hard just walking into the room. However, it was also the most wonderful and exhilerating experience. Other highlights include, playing with Lontano ( chamber ensemble ), the Philharmonia, the Monteverdi Orchestra, the London Bach Orchestra, the Suisse Romande in Geneva, and finally, but not least, two and a half years on second horn with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 1981 she returned to New Zealand to become the first female wind principal in the NZSO. Twelve years of marriage, three children and life on a back country sheep farm in Oparau followed. But whenever Franz-Paul Decker and the big Bruckner and Mahler symphonies he conducted appeared on the NZSO schedule, Heather was asked to supplement the horn section. Over the years, Heather has really enjoyed teaching at Auckland and Waikato Universities, the New Zealand School of Music, and tutoring the NZSO National Youth Orchestra horn section. Private students have recently included two young German girls, which involved English lessons as well! In July/August 2011 a work exchange in the NAC in Ottawa gave her the chance to play with some wonderful musicians and hear some great concerts. Her British born Canadian husband Steve came too and was very proud to see her on stage, waving the Canadian flag on Canada day!

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Section Principal

Michael grew up in Indiana, and began to learn the trumpet at an early age from his father, who was then a high school band director and music teacher. He went on to study Trumpet Performance at Northern Illinois University, receiving a BM in 1985. Moving to Mexico City, he began his orchestral career as a member of the Filarmónica de la Ciudad de Mexico. The following year he was a founding member of the Filarmónica del Bajio, in Guanajuato. In 1989, Michael took leave to undertake postgraduate studies at Northwestern University, where he received a Masters in Music for Trumpet Performance. Next stop Portugal, to play as Principal Trumpet of the Nova Filarmonia Portuguesa. In 1992, he accepted an invitation to return to Mexico as Principal Trumpet of the Sinfonica de la Universidad de Guanajuato. Michael was appointed to the position of Associate Principal Trumpet in the NZSO in 1995 and Principal Trumpet in 1997. Michael also teaches the trumpet at The New Zealand School of Music. He resides in Wellington with his wife Judith, and sons Danny and Julian.

Associate Principal

Supported by Zoë Smith for Tommy’s Real Estate

Cheryl Hollinger has been associate principal trumpet of the NZSO since moving to New Zealand in 2000. She grew up in the town of Lititz, Pennsylvania, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from West Chester University and Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School in New York City. Her most influential teachers and mentors were Arnold Jacobs, Vincent Cichowicz, and Adolph Herseth, all former members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Before joining the NZSO, Cheryl was a member of the Savannah Symphony, The Florida Orchestra, and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans where she held the position of Principal Trumpet and soloist for seven seasons. She has performed at the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in both the USA and Italy as well as the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder.

Cheryl has recorded with Nine Inch Nails and is a Yamaha performing artist. She enjoys working with students and teaches privately. When she isn’t  performing, Cheryl also enjoys killer weight training sessions, swimming and tramping with her Jack Russell Terrier, and in mid-2008 took her first skydive in Queenstown from 15,000 feet.


Mark was born in Poole, Dorset, and began playing cornet at the age of seven. He joined the school brass band and was a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain. At the age of 17 he took his first trumpet lesson and went on to study at The Royal Academy of Music, London, with John Wilbraham. In his last year of study Mark took part in the RAM exchange programme and studied at The Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Brisbane. Since his graduation he has played with The Cape Town Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Queensland Philharmonic and the Queensland Orchestra.

Mark is a member of New Zealand Brass and Stroma contemporary music ensemble. He has a love for Big Band and jazz music, which he fulfils with the Tommy Love Orchestra. Since moving to New Zealand Mark has taken up many new hobbies including refereeing rugby union, fly fishing, scuba diving and mountain biking. Mark is also the musical director of Titan Hutt City Brass Band.


Tom Moyer plays with the NZSO as Sub-Principal Trumpet. Born in Canada, Tom studied at the University of Ottawa and went on to play with the Ottawa Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra and was a member of Rideau Brass. Tom came to New Zealand in 1994 on a one-year secondment to the Auckland Philharmonia and joined the NZSO in 1995. When he’s not playing the trumpet, Tom loves spending time with his two boys and playing golf.

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Section Principal

Supported by Lisa Bates and Douglas Hawkins

David Bremner is Principal Trombone of the NZSO, a position he has held since 2002. Prior to that, he was Principal trombonist of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Born in New Plymouth, David began his early musical studies on the euphonium and went on to graduate with honours from Victoria University of Wellington studying with Marc Taddei. He was awarded the prestigious Patricia Pratt Scholarship to study at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Mark Lawrence, winning the Shenson Young Musician’s Competition and performing with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. He was the guest soloist with the National Youth Brass Band of NZ on their international tour of 2003 and is a past winner of the Junior and Open Champion of Champions’ Solo competition at the NZ Brass Band National Contest.

A versatile musician, David has recorded with the New Zealand rock band Crowded House, is a founding member of the Bonanza Trombone Quartet and a member of the contemporary ensemble Stroma. His interest in music education is demonstrated in his role as Director of Education for Brass Bands New Zealand, as an Artist Teacher at the New Zealand School of Music and in conducting the Pelorus Trust Onslow Brass Band. David is seen regularly on television as a member of the Dancing with the Stars band.

Associate Principal


Since returning to New Zealand in 2008, Matthew has worked frequently with all of New Zealand’s major orchestras. Prior to this he was an inaugural member of La Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana (Spain), hand selected by Music Director Lorin Maazel, where he played for two seasons. He has also performed with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and recently the Melbourne Ring Orchestra among others.

Matthew holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Professional Studies Diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Mark Lawrence and Paul Welcomer. In 2004, he was the winner of the Robert Marstellar Competition at the International Trombone Festival in Ithaca, New York.

Matthew is Acting Head of Brass  at the New Zealand School of Music and co-director of the New Zealand Brass Festival. He is a proud member of BonaNZa – New Zealand’s premier trombone quartet, The Jac (Wellington Jazz Collective), and the Richter City Rebels.


2015A_ShannonPittaway1SHANNON PITTAWAY
Principal Bass Trombone

Shannon began playing the cornet at the age of six with guidance from his father Wayne Pittaway and grew up playing in Salvation Army brass bands. He holds a Bachelor of Music Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts and a Master of Music from Northwestern University in Chicago.

Following his studies he was a fellow of the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Japan and later with the Pacific Music Festival Alumni Orchestra which celebrated the 20th anniversary of the the inaugural concert that Leonard Bernstein conducted at the festival.

Shannon is a founding member of the Australian Brass Quintet and the Australian World Orchestra. He has received numerous awards and grants including an honorary fellowship “in recognition for his contribution and achievements in orchestral world music” from Melbourne University. While in Singapore, he was on the faculty of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music and tutor for the Singapore National Youth Orchestra.



Andrew began his tertiary studies in Port Elizabeth and played with the Port Elizabeth Orchestra and Prince Alfred’s Guards Band. He continued his studies at the University of Natal, Durban, under Michael Johnson, and frequently played with the Natal Philharmonic as casual player. In 1987 he was appointed Principal Tuba of the ‘National Orchestra’ of South Africa and was also conscripted into the Light Horse Regiment Band as part of his military service.

He taught at various institutions and regularly performed with the Contemporary Brass Ensemble and the Transvaal Chamber Orchestra. In 1993 Andrew immigrated to Australia where he freelanced with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Philharmonic and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. While in Queensland he was appointed part-time Lecturer in Tuba at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. In 1997 he was a guest soloist at the Brisbane International Brass Festival and in 1999, premiered a work by Paul Dean at the Tubamania International Tuba Conference. In 2000 Andrew was guest soloist for the Queensland Symphonic Winds tour of China. Andrew was appointed Principal Tuba of the NZSO in 2001. In 2004 Andrew premiered ‘Labyrinth’ as soloist with the NZSO.

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