Gareth Hoddinott grew up in New Zealand and began playing the trumpet at an early age. He has performed with the New Zealand National Youth Orchestra and Christchurch Symphony Orchestra as principal trumpet and was a member of the New Zealand Army Band for five years. During his studies in Christchurch New Zealand, Gareth became interested in early music under the guidance of Iaan Wilson and began studying the baroque trumpet. In the United Kingdom, Gareth has continued his studies focusing on playing the ventless natural trumpet with David Staff and Richard Thomas at the Dartington International Summer School and with Jean-François Madeuf in Switzerland.
As a freelance musician Gareth has played with many early music ensembles both in the United Kingdom and abroad including Le Concert Lorrain (France/Germany), Spiritato, Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra (Poland), Ars Eloquentiae, Solomon’s Knot, Altenburg Ensemble and The Little Baroque Company London.