Grant Jameson

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2016

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Euphonium

Location: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

At just 21 years old, Grant Jameson has had quite a career. Before turning 18 in America, he was selected as a Yamaha Young Artist, was one of only six brass players chosen for the prestigious Young Arts Program, was the winner of the Music Teachers National Association Solo Competition, and won the solo competition at the International Women’s Brass Conference. Grant was the first euphonium player to win the concerto competition at the Interlochen International Music Camp, where he was also chosen as a Fennell Scholar. He appeared on the National Public Radio program “From the Top” as a soloist. At age 16, he won the North American Brass Band Association Adult Technical Solo Competition.

Since coming to the UK where he studies with David Childs at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Grant has won the Best Soloist prize at the 2014 Welsh Open, was a finalist for the RWCMD Concerto Competition in 2014 and named the winner in 2015, and was a 2013, 2014, and 2016 Philip Jones Brass Ensemble Competition winner. Grant has been a member of various brass bands including Tredegar, Tongwynlais, Woodfalls, and currently Flowers. He has been a guest soloist with Cory, Brighouse & Rastrick, Grimethorpe, Fodens, and the RAF Central bands. In March 2015, Grant was named winner of the BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Award, the first American to ever achieve this distinction. Grant is a Besson Performing Artist and released his first solo recording in 2015 entitled “Genesis”. He is a Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award holder for the 2016 academic year.

Grant’s future aspirations are to become an international euphonium soloist, teach at the college/university level, continue to stretch the use of the instrument into new genres and musical styles, and elevate the instrument in the public’s eye so he never has to answer the question “what’s a euphonium?”