Michael Buchanan (b. 1993) is considered one of the finest trombone players of his generation. At the age of 22 he was awarded the first prize and audience prize at the 2015 Munich ARD International Music Competition, only the second trombone player in the history of the competition and to date the only British musician. This launched a solo career that led to accolades such as the 2017 BMW-Publikumspreis at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Northern Germany and an official “debut” concert - together with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin - in the Berlin Philharmonie. After initiating a complete career-break from September 2017 to December 2018 in order to heal a physical issue, Michael returned to the stage in January 2019. His first public performance led him to be awarded the renowned 2019 Fanny Mendelssohn Fönderpreis, resulting in a CD production to take place and be released in September 2019.
As concerto soloist Michael has performed with orchestras such as the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Bern Symphony Orchestra. Together with his duo-partner the pianist Kasia Wieczorek, he has performed recitals at festivals including the Lucerne Festival, the BeethovenFest Bonn, the Schwarzwald Music Festival, the Weingartner Musiktage, as well as for SWR radio.
Equally active as an orchestral musician, he honed his orchestral technique in the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra before beginning his career as principal trombone in the Orchestra of Scottish Opera at the age of 20. In 2016 he joined the Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera Orchestras in a contract position for the 16-17 season, where he performed over 30 operas and underwent numerous tours and projects as both first and second trombone. For the last 3 years he has performed as a personally selected member of Seiji Osawa’s Grammy Award winning Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra in Japan.
Michael received his school education at Wells Cathedral School, a specialist music school in the UK, where he studied with the renowned trombone pedagogue Alan Hutt. In 2014 he graduated with 1st Class Honours in an academic music degree from the University of Cambridge (Clare College). He completed his Masters in trombone performance under the tutelage of Ian Bousfield, at the Hochschule der Künste, Bern, Switzerland, in 2016.
Michael Buchanan is a Getzen artist and plays a Getzen 4147 trombone.
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