At age 10, Fletcher desperately wanted to play guitar in his primary school music program. After being told that the trumpet would yield better opportunities, he (begrudgingly) began a love-hate relationship with the instrument, eventually falling in love with it in late high school. Continuing on to study the trumpet, Fletcher completed his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in 2015 under Evan Cromie and Brent Grapes.
While in Perth, Fletcher was a member of the WA Youth Orchestra, performing as principal trumpet from 2013-2015. In his final year at UWA, Fletcher was awarded the VOSE Memorial Concerto Prize for his performance of the Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto in the Perth Concert Hall. After moving to Melbourne to study at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under David Elton and Tristram Williams, Fletcher appeared in many ANAM performances, including being a member of the winning ensemble of the ANAM Chamber Competition for 2016. He also performed as principal trumpet of AISOI in December 2016, performing The Rite of Spring and Alpine Symphony in Tasmania. In addition to this, Fletcher is an accomplished freelancer across Australia, having performed with multiple orchestras including the West Australian and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.
Fletcher hopes to continue travelling around Australia (and eventually the world) after his time at ANAM, with the aim of being able to one day live comfortably as a full-time member of a symphony orchestra in Australia. Outside of music, he loves coffee, good food and travelling… and doesn’t miss the guitar one bit!
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