Elliot Gresty

Elliot Gresty

Key Facts

  • Instrument: Clarinet


Elliot Gresty began his musical studies at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester before being awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music in 2014 where he is a pupil of Richard Hosford, Timothy Lines and Barnaby Robson. At the RCM he has won both the clarinet and bass clarinet prizes and for his postgraduate studies he is a John Lewis Partnership Scholar. He has also received generous support from the Musicians’ Company, Help Musicians UK and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

From 2012–2014 Elliot was the principal clarinettist of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and has also taken part in the 2015 LSO Wind Academy, the 2016 London Sinfonietta Academy, and the 2017 Britten Pears Orchestra.  He was selected to perform John Adams Clarinet Concerto Gnarly Buttons with the RCM New Perspectives Ensemble as part of the College’s spring 2017 season and took part in the 2017–2018 ‘BBC Symphony Orchestra Pathways’ sit-in scheme.

In February 2018 Elliot won the Royal Overseas League Award for a Woodwind Player of Promise and participated in a masterclass with Michael Collins at the Wigmore Hall.  He has played professionally with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra and is currently on trial for the position of Section Principal Clarinet with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Elliot is passionate about contemporary music and plays regularly with the new music group ‘An Assembly’ whose concerts have featured on radio 3’s ‘Hear and Now’ and ‘Open Ear’ programmes.  He also has an interest in historical clarinets and has playing with members of the Hannover band in a ‘Nurturing the NEXT Generation’ concert in the Arundel 2018 festival. He has been selected to take part in the 2018/19 London Philharmonic Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme.

Elliot is the winner of The Musicians’ Company Prince’s Prize 2019.


Musicians’ Company Award: Musicians’ Company Award 2018, The Prince’s Prize 2019

Page Updated: May 2019