MusiciansBella Thomas

Isabella (Bella) Thomas is a trumpeter originally from Auckland, New Zealand. In 2022, Bella will commence study at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) with teachers Yoram Levy and David Elton. Bella completed her Bachelor of Music with Honours in 2021 at Victoria University of Wellington, under the tutelage of Mark Carter (2018-19) and Matthew Stein (2020-21).

Bella's personal achievements over the last year include playing Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony as Principal Trumpet of the NZ National Youth Orchestra (NYO) alongside the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO); winning the title of NZ’s Champion Brass Band as a member of Wellington Brass; touring the South Island with the NZSO; placing as a finalist for both the Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music and Wellington Youth Orchestra oncerto competitions; and receiving generous scholarships. At the 2021 NYO course, Bella was awarded the Bill Clayton Memorial Scholarship, selected by conductor Gemma New.

Since 2018, Bella has been an aspiring orchestral trumpeter. Whilst living in New Zealand, Bella was a casual musician of Orchestra Wellington, and also played in numerous performances with the NZSO and the Hawkes Bay Festival Opera Orchestra. Aside from orchestral concerts, ballets, and operas, Bella is also an eager brass bander and dabbles a little bit in the world of big band music.

When Bella is not practising the trumpet, she can be found drinking copious amounts of tea, binge-watching TV shows, and gawking over small furry animals. Bella is a social butterfly and always manages to twist someone's arm into going for a coffee break. All of her Ukrainian family live in Melbourne, so one might also find Bella trying to mimic the perfect Slavic accent or making pierogies from scratch.

Financial assistance supported by ANAM Syndicate donors - Robert Gibbs and Tony Wildman, Rowan Streiff, Ann Grant, Lee Palmer

Photo credit Pia Johnson


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