23-year-old trombonist Michael Buchanan is widely regarded as an emerging artist of great interpretative intelligence and technical ability. He is the recipient of both the First Prize and Audience Prize at the ARD International Music Competition 2015, as well as at the Ian Bousfield International Trombone Competition 2015 (first prize), and Royal Overseas League Competition (first prize in Wind, Brass and Percussion section). In 2015 he received the %u2018Player of the Year' award by the British Trombone Society.
Engagements as a soloist include concerto appearances with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra SWR, Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerisches Rundfunk and the Berner Symphonie-orchester, as well as recital appearances at the Lucerne Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, Schwarzwald Musikfestival, Mecklenburg Vorpommerln Festival and the Wigmore Hall. In June 2016 he was featured in a documentary recorded for the French-German TV station Arte, titled %u2018The Stars of Tomorrow, with Rolando Villazón'.
As an orchestral musician, Michael Buchanan has recently signed a contract as a temporary member of the Wiener Philharmoniker and Wiener Staatsoper, and has recently performed in orchestras such as Seiji Osawa's Saito Kinen Orchestra (August 2016), the Philharmonia (London), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester.
Michael received his bachelors degree studying academic music at the University of Cambridge, from where he graduated in June 2014 with First Class Honours. He attended Wells Cathedral School between 2005 and 2011, taught by the trombone pedagogue Alan Hutt. He has recently completed his studies on a %u2018Masters of Specialised Performance' programme at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern, as a student of Ian Bousfield, where he was awarded the Edward Tschumi prize for the finest exam performances of the conservatoire.
Michael Buchanan is a Getzen Artist, and plays a Getzen 4147 trombone.