2019 MusiciansWilliam Tanner

William grew up in the small town of Yeppoon on the Central Queensland coast. At age 10 he began learning the trumpet, but his interest shifted once he heard the French horn for the first time at a regional music camp in 2009. He switched to the horn at age 15 and hasn't looked back since! 

After years of travelling to Brisbane for lessons, his love for the horn drove him to pursue a Bachelor of Music in Performance at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University under the tutelage of Peter Luff, Ysolt Clark, and Malcom Stewart. William is currently in his second year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) training under Saul Lewis, Ben Jacks and Andrew Bain.  

Since commencing his studies, William has performed with the Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, Camerata - Queensland's Chamber Orchestra, appeared as soloist with the Queensland Philharmonia Orchestra, held positions with the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) and Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute (AISOI), and was Principal Horn of the Queensland Youth Symphony (QYS) 2016-2017.  

William’s performance highlights include side-by-side projects with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, competing at the International Horn Symposium in Los Angeles, and two international tours of China and Germany with both the AYO and QYS. Outside the South Melbourne Town Hall you can catch him with a good coffee, patting dogs, or escaping the city on a hiking trail.


Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate – Ann Grant, Ian Hogarth and Peter Larsen, Marie Rowland, Monty Stephens, Robert Gibbs and Tony Wildman

Photo by Pia Johnson

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