Born in Ireland and educated at University College Dublin, Pierre graduated with a BA Hons in both Music and in Greek and Roman Civilisation in 1986. Having commenced trumpet lessons at the relatively ripe age of 16, he then went on to further his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in  Manchester before moving to South Africa in 1989 as principal trumpet of the Natal Philharmonic Orchestra. The following year he moved to Cape Town as principal with the CAPAB Orchestra, and embarked on an M Mus at UCT, which he was awarded in 1992. He became co-principal trumpet of the CTPO in 1997 and the CPO in 2000. Pierre also holds the ALCM Piano Diploma  from the London College of Music.

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