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Michael Bakrnčev : Associate Artist

"...an incredible gem in the contemporary classical genre." - Review, Sinusoidal Music

Random Audio Sample: Water (quartets: 4 flutes) by Michael Bakrnčev, from the CD Combine

Photo of Michael Bakrnčev

Photo: Julian Dolman


Composer Michael Bakrnčev (bah-karn-chev) is a multi-award-winning young professional in Australia. In a decade, his music has been performed in Australia, Europe, and North America by various orchestras and ensembles, including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Freiburg Percussion Ensemble, and Royal Concertgebouw Principal Trumpet soloist, Miroslav Petkov.

He has received numerous awards, including the Music Teachers' Association of Queensland Composition Competition (2011), the Adolph Spivakovsky Scholarship for Composition (2011), and the Chamber Music Australia: New Works Award (2015). Michael holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours 1st Class) from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and a Master of Music (Honours 1st Class) from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. He is a member of the Australian Music Centre.

Michael Bakrnčev is a multi-award winning Australian composer, specializing in acoustic forms and utilizing traditional notation practices.

His music blends ancient aesthetics with modern techniques and challenges traditional boundaries, resulting in a mesmerizing and intellectually stimulating musical journey.

Through intricate compositions, Michael Bakrnčev explores abstract and complex themes, including Eastern philosophy, folklore, and the intersection of technology and scientific advancement with human consciousness.

Michael invites listeners on a journey of introspection and discovery through his distinctive approach to music, affectionately referred to as a dialect of the contemporary classical genre.

Michael Bakrnčev — current to July 2023

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2011 Adolph Spivakovsky Scholarship for the Composition of Music Winner

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Hustle : for vibraphone, marimba and toms (2021) Commissioned by Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Digital sheet music sample Fortified echoes : for piccolo/alto flute, piano and percussion (2015) Commissioned for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra Pop-up performances, 2015. ANZAC Centenary.