Brendan Collins is an Australian composer and trombonist.
Brendan Collins grew up in the city of Newcastle (just north of Sydney). While still a high school student, he performed the Rimsky-Korsakov Trombone Concerto with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He later studied trombone and composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Ron Prussing, Arthur Hubbard and George Golla. He also 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, Collins was appointed to the position of composer-in-residence at Barker College in 2005. 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 recently been commissioned to compose music for international artists such as Steve Rosse (principal tuba with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra), Scott Kinmont (associate principal trombone, Sydney Symphony Orchestra), David Hickman (trumpet professor, Arizona State University) and Hidehiro Fujita (principal tuba Singapore Symphony Orchestra).
Works for Winds
- Brendan Collins, Australian Music Centre Accessed 26 April 2016
- Brendan Collins website Accessed 26 April 2016