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Michael Forsyth

BMus, DipEd, AMusA (Trom), AMusA (Bandm’ship), FTCL (Trom), FComp ASMC, FMusEd ASMC, Dip Lang

Examiner Number: 193

Michael Forsyth was NSW State Bass Trombone Champion from 1987 to 1994 and in 1996, and National Champion in 1992, 1993 and 1996. He was bass trombonist with the St Mary’s Band Club Brass Band from 1985 to 2006 and performed frequently with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra from 1989 to 1998. He is currently a member of the Parramatta City Brass Band where he plays tuba.

His compositions have been performed, broadcast and recorded in Australia and overseas. In 1998 his Concerto for Trombone was performed by the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra with distinguished soloist Gregory van der Struik. The premiere of his Second Concerto for Trombone was given in 2002 by international virtuoso Jacques Mauger, with subsequent performances in France in 2003 and in Australia in 2004 by Gregory van der Struik.

His Welzheim Flourish for trombone and organ was commissioned by and premiered at the St. Gallus Church in Welzheim, Germany in 1998. The CD Harlequinade, released in 2002, features leading Sydney brass players and associate artists in performances of his music. Several of his compositions have been selected as test pieces for NSW State Solo Championships and National Concert Band Solo events, while Alea Iacta Est (The Die is Cast) was chosen as the A Grade test piece for the 2007 NSW State Band Championships and for the Divison d’Honneur of the 2009 French National Band Championships, for which he was a member of the jury. The Wind Orchestra version was premiered by the Hertfordshire Wind Orchestra (UK) under the direction of Mark Eager in 2010. In 2014 his suite for brass band Aeneid Impressions was selected as the test piece for B Grade at the NSW State Championships. He was commissioned by the Band Association of NSW to compose Honoris Causa as the test piece for B grade at the 2015 Australian National Band Championships.

Michael was a member of the jury for the 39th European Brass Band Championships held in Lille, France in 2016.Composer of the AMEB publication Brass Sight Reading, he was appointed AMEB Examiner in 1997 and has taught in government and private schools. He is regularly called upon to adjudicate at eisteddfods and state and metropolitan band competitions.