Chicago Symphony Orchestra trombonist, Michael Mulcahy, appears worldwide as a soloist and teacher. Michael was appointed to the CSO by Sir Georg Solti in 1989. He was previously principal trombone of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Solo trombone of the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra.
He made his CSO solo debut with Daniel Barenboim in 2000. He also performed as soloist with the CSO and Pierre Boulez in music by Elliott Carter
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 the International Instrumental Competition in the former East German city of Markneukirchen.
Mulcahy is an active chamber musician. He is a long time member of the Chicago Chamber Musicians Ensemble and has appearanced at Domaine Forget in Quebec, Chamber Music Northwest, and the Grand Teton Music Festival. He has worked personally with the world’s most prominent composers, including Carter, Boulez, Berio, Xenakis, Messiaen, Penderecki and Stockhausen.
He has been principal trombone of Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, and the Grand Teton Music Festival since 1992. He is also principal trombone of the Australian World Orchestra under Briger, Mehta, and Rattle. Since 2007 he has served as director of CSO BRASS, and in 2014 became a founding member of the National Brass Ensemble.
In 1987 he was named senior lecturer of the Canberra School of Music at the Australian National University, and was appointed professor of music at Northwestern University in 1999. He also has been an artist-in-residence at Indiana University, a Wiley Housewright Scholar at Florida State University. Currently he is an International Visiting Artist at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in Melbourne and has been involved with ANAM since 2016.
Born in Sydney, Australia, Michael Mulcahy 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.