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Malcolm Forsyth

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Malcolm Forsyth


Malcolm Forsyth (b. 8 December 1936, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa – 5 July 2011, Edmonton, Canada) was a Canadian composer and trombonist.

Forsyth studied at the University of Cape Town and played trombone in the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra. He immigrated to Canada in 1968 and made his home in Edmonton, Alberta, until his passing in 2011. In that time, he earned an international reputation as one of Canada's leading composers. He was also a fine trombonist, playing principal trombone with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for many years, and an outstanding teacher.

He was a Professor of Music at the University of Alberta for 34 years and was Composer-in-Residence at the time of his retirement in 2002. He received many accolades, including three JUNO Awards for his compositions, was named Canadian Composer of the Year in 1989 and was presented the Order of Canada in 2003.

Works for Winds


  • The New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia concert program, 16 July 2015 – WASBE San Jose