Nick Byrne


Second Trombone – Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Australian Hometown: Sydney & Canberra
Education: Simone de Haan; Ian Perry; Ronald Prussing; Michael Mulcahy; Charles Vernon; Jay Friedman; Edward Kleinhammer; Arnold Jacobs

A Trombonist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra since 1995, Nick was born in Sydney but raised in Canberra where he commenced his studies with Simone de Haan, Ian Perry, Ronald Prussing and Michael Mulcahy. He then undertook post-graduate studies in Chicago with Charles Vernon, Jay Friedman, Edward Kleinhammer, Michael Mulcahy and Arnold Jacobs. As a student he performed and recorded with Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Lower Brass and was also chosen by Sir Georg Solti for his 1993 Orchestral Project at Carnegie Hall.

Prior to his appointment in Sydney he was solo Trombone with Hofer Symphoniker in Germany. Nick is also widely acknowledged as the performer who rediscovered the Ophicleide as a solo instrument. He recorded the first-ever complete solo recording for the instrument ‘Back from Oblivion’ on the Melba label in 2006 and in 2014 recorded the first complete solo concerto for Ophicleide, by American composer William Perry, on the Naxos label & a Churchill Fellowship recipient in 2002.

As a recitalist he has performed in Australia, Asia and the USA and continues to revive the instruments repertoire with commissions and numerous dedications. As soloist he has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Brown University Orchestra (USA), Orchestra Romantiq-Sydney & the RTE Orchestra-Ireland. On Ophicleide, he has also performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, L’Arpa Festante-Munich and World Orchestra for Peace (Moscow/St Petersburg-2003) with conductors including Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Simone Young.!

Last updated 2021