Huw is Internationally recognised for his unique sound and musicianship, Huw Morgan enjoys an unparalleled career as one of the most sought-after brass players of his generation. Feted by The Times (London) as an artist of ‘high intelligence and immaculate professionalism,’ Huw’s performances have been acclaimed throughout the UK, Europe, Asia, and North America.
Following his success as Brass Winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year, Huw has gained renown for his prize-winning appearances at many of the most significant international competitions (including Jeju - Korea, Porcia - Italy, and Ellsworth Smith - USA). In 2005 he became the youngest winner of the International Trumpet Guild’s prestigious Solo Award, and in 2010 won both the Brass Prize and Wind Section Award at the Royal Over-seas League Competition. Most recently Huw was placed first, by unanimous jury, at the Only Brass International Trumpet Contest (Antwerp, Belgium), and became the first-ever brass player to be selected for the Making Music/Philip & Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists.
Highlights in recent seasons include concerto appearances with the Northern Sinfonia, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Hamburg Camerata, Orchestra of the Swan, and Sinfonia Cymru, under conductors including Tortelier, Herreweghe, and Zehetmair. Huw has also featured at numerous international festivals: Cheltenham, Mecklenburg- Vorpommern, Sounds New, WASBE, Trømso, and Rainbow21 (Tokyo), broadcasting regularly on both national radio and television. Among his solo recordings, Huw can be heard as the featured trumpeter on the soundtrack to the BAFTA-nominated film, Me and Orson Welles.
With duo-partner and pianist Timothy End, Huw has performed in recital around the UK, including the Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Purcell Room, and St James’s Piccadilly. A passionate exponent of contemporary music, he has commissioned and premièred works by Leif Segerstam, Eric Ewazen, Paul Max Edlin, and Timothy Bowers, and was the featured soloist in the first performance of ‘Only Heavenly Music’ from Karl Jenkins’ Stella Natalis, conducted by the composer in his 60th birthday concert at the Wales Millennium Centre.
In addition to his solo activities, Huw holds the principal trumpet chair with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, and appears regularly as guest principal with many of the UK’s leading ensembles, including the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Aurora Orchestra, and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. A committed chamber musician, he is principal trumpet of contemporary group The Theseus Ensemble, a founder member of both QuintEssence and London Chamber Brass, and enjoys collaborating with a diverse range of artists, including the Risør Festival Chamber Orchestra, All Star Brass Ensemble, and London Schubert Players.
Born in South Wales in 1987, Huw began his musical education on the piano at the age of five, taking up the trumpet two years later. At fourteen he won a scholarship to study with John Dickinson and Murray Greig at Chetham’s School of Music, and latterly continued his education at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Professor James Watson, Mark David and Robert Farley, graduating with First Class Honours in 2010. He currently pursues private study with some of the world’s most celebrated players, including Håkan Hardenberger, Jens Lindemann, and Eric Aubier.