Howard Parkinson

  • Time at ASO 41 years
  • Instrument Trombone
  • Position Principal - Bass Trombone
Howard Parkinson

Howard was born in Brisbane, his parents are Salvation Army Officers (ministers) so what else could he possibly play but a brass instrument!

Howard joined the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra as Principal Trombone in 1980. In 1985 he successfully auditioned for  Principal Bass Trombone, a position he still holds.

His very first experience of hearing the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra was at a Schools Concert in Broken Hill when he was 6 years of age – the die was cast then perhaps?

Howard’s teenage years were spent in Sydney where he studied both trombone and pipe organ at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music High School, and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Howard was a finalist in the 1979 ABC Concerto Competition.

One of the highlights of his career was representing Australia in the World Philharmonic Orchestra in Rio de Janeiro in 1986.

Teaching brass, and conducting both professionally and in amateur settings, has been a major part of Howard’s musical life. He has been teaching for 45 years. Howard was the Head of Brass at the Elder Conservatorium from 2004–2019.

Many of Howard’s students are playing in professional orchestras and service bands both in Australia and overseas. Howard’s students are also found in the music teaching profession throughout Australia and overseas.

Both of Howard’s children are professional musicians. Heath is a french hornist in the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Skye is a freelance vocalist and vocal coach in Sydney.

Click here to read a Q&A with Howard

Howard is supported by Ian Kowalick AM & Helen Kowalick via our Musical Chairs program.


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