Orchestra trombonist Michael Mulcahy has appeared as soloist and teacher in the
United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, Japan, Argentina, New Zealand and
Australia. He has performed as soloist with the CSO and Pierre Boulez in music
by Elliott Carter and with Daniel Barenboim in Leopold Mozart’s Concerto for
Alto Trombone, which was broadcast on PBS. Other appearances include the
Bavarian Radio Symphony, the Hilversum Radio Symphony and the Melbourne
Mulcahy is the
winner of several international competitions, among them the Australian
Broadcasting Corporation Instrumental Competition, the ARD International Music
Competition in Munich, Viotti International Competition in Italy and
International Instrumental Competition in the former East German city of Markneukirchen.
Active as a member
of the Chicago Chamber Musicians, his work also includes collaborations with
Barenboim, Boulez, Joseph Silverstein, Christoph Eschenbach, William Bolcom and
Yo-Yo Ma, as well as appearances at Domaine Forget in Quebec, Chamber Music
Northwest and the Grand Teton Music Festival, where he has been a conductor
since 1993. He has worked with the world’s most prominent composers, including
Elliott Carter, Luciano Berio, Iannis Xenakis, Olivier Messiaen, Krzysztof
Penderecki and as a member of Karl-Heinz Stockhausen’s performance ensemble.
Sir Georg Solti
appointed Mulcahy to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1989. He also is
principal trombone of Chicago’s Music of the Baroque and the Grand Teton Music
Festival. His orchestral career began in 1976 as principal trombone of the
Tasmanian Symphony. A year later, he attained the same chair with the Melbourne
Symphony. He left Australia in 1981 to pursue a career in Europe, where he
became solo trombone of the Cologne Radio Symphony.
He was named
senior lecturer of the Canberra School of Music at Australian National
University in 1987. In 1999, he was appointed professor of music at
Northwestern University. He also has been an artist-in-residence at Indiana University
and Wiley Housewright Scholar at Florida State University, and he regularly
appears at universities worldwide.
in conducting was sparked by an invitation from West German Radio in 1987.
Since then, he has been active in conducting a wide variety of works with an
emphasis on the twentieth century. In 1988, he formed the Canberra School of
Music Chamber Players and the Orchestral Repertoire Ensemble at Australian
National University. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed assistant conductor
of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. He toured Japan as guest conductor at the
International Youth Musicale in Shizouka and Denmark for the Royal Danish
Orchestra in Copenhagen. He also has worked as an assistant for the Civic
Orchestra of Chicago. He has conducted for Music of the Millennium and
composer-perspective festivals at the Museum of Contemporary Art, served as
music director for National Music Camp in Australia, and he regularly leads the
Chicago Chamber Musicians and the Grand Teton Music Festival Brass
Ensemble. Mulcahy has taught and conducted at Barenboim’s West-Eastern
Divan Workshop for young Arab and Israeli musicians in Seville, Spain.
Mulcahy was born
in Sydney, Australia. He began studying trombone with his father Jack Mulcahy,
and completed his studies with Baden McCarron of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
and with Geoffrey Bailey at the State Conservatorium of New South Wales.
Gabrielle Webster is a freelance horn player in Chicago appearing regularly
with the Chicago Symphony, Lyric Opera and the Chicago Chamber Musicians;
daughter Lauren teaches at the Curtis School of Excellence, a leading AUSL
school for CPS. His son, jazz bassist Patrick Mulcahy, recently released
his second CD, Trouble with Machines
with progressive rock sensation District 97.