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Brendan Collins : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Insect dance (solo piano) by Brendan Collins, from the CD Narratives and detours


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​Brendan Collins is currently the Chief Brass Examiner of NSW for the Australian Music Examinations Board and the Composer-in-residence at Barker College, Sydney. His compositions are frequently performed and recorded throughout the world by many leading international artists and his music is broadcast regularly on ABC ClassicFM.

Australian composer and performer Brendan Collins grew up in the city of Newcastle (just north of Sydney). He later studied trombone and composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Ron Prussing, Arthur Hubbard and George Golla. Collins won a scholarship to study in Los Angeles with Ralph Sauer, principal trombone of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

After 11 years as the associate principal trombone with Opera Australia, Brendan was appointed to the position of composer-in-residence at Barker College (Hornsby, NSW) in 2005, a position he still holds. In this capacity he has composed numerous works for a wide range of ensembles which have become very popular among Australia's finest musicians. He has been commissioned to compose music by many Australian and international artists.

His complete works for trumpet were released on the CD 'Great Southern Land' 2019, recorded in the USA by soloist Phillip Chase Hawkins on the Navona Label. Other works appear on CDs of Alex Wlison, Richard Stoelzel, Jeanell Carigan, Jose Chafer, Slawek Cichor, Garrett Klein and Matthew Van Emmerik which were recorded in Poland, Spain, USA and Australia.

In 2019 Collins' Concerto for Eb Soprano Cornet and Brass Band was commissioned and premiered by Chase Hawkins and the Lexington Brass Band at the National Trumpet Competition in Kentucky, USA. The premiere recording of the work was commissioned by the ABC and performed by soloist Chase Hawkins with the Pacific Brass under the direction of Ben Crocker.

French trumpet soloist, Clement Saunier commissioned a new work titled 'Maelstrom' for solo trumpet and brass ensemble which was premiered in Paris in July 2019.

Jose Chafer (Spain) and Slawomir Cichor (Poland) performed Collins' Concerto for Two Trumpets with the Arthur Rubenstein Philharmonic Orchestra in Lodz, Poland, December 2019.

George Curran, Bass Trombonist of the New York Philharmonic premiered Collins' 'Jose Suite' for bass trombone and piano at the International Trombone Festival July 2019.

He has served as the composer-in-residence with the Sydney Youth Orchestra and in 2010 his composition for concert band, 'William of Orange March' won first prize in the NSW School Band Festival composition competition. Brendan's compositions are currently published by Warwick Music (UK), Hickman Music Editions (US), Northeastern Music Publications (US) , Reedmusic.com, Middle C Publications and Kookaburra Music.


Brendan Collins — current to December 2020

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Narrabeen Hustle : for solo piano and wind band (2019) Commissioned by the Barker College Band Program (Sydney)
Digital sheet music sample Concerto for Soprano Cornet : brass band (2019) Commissioned by Phillip Chase Hawkins of Lexington, Kentucky USA
Digital sheet music sample Jose Suite : trumpet with piano (2018) Commissioned by Jose Chafer, Professor of Mestre Verti Conservatory of Music Cartegena (Spain)
Stomp : trumpet with piano (2015) Commissioned as the test piece for 2015 International Trumpet Competition in Meppen, Germany.
Endeavour overture : for string orchestra (2006) Commissioned by Sydney Youth Orchestra Association.