At age eight, despite not being able to reach the end of the slide, Cian Malikides began learning the trombone because of its funny glissando effect. He quickly fell in love with classical music and completed his Bachelor of Music Performance (BMus) in 2019, studying with Nigel Crocker at the Sydney Conservatorium. Cian’s most recent engagements include participating in the 2019 Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camp, Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute and the Musician Project. As a soloist, Cian won the brass prize at the Gisborne International Music Competition in 2018, and will return in 2019.
Cian’s passion for chamber music has taken him all around the world. In 2016 and 2017 he attended the Estivo Chamber Music Summer School in Verona with brass quintets, and in 2018, the Aspen Music Festival and Stockholm Chamber Brass Academy where he studied with Michael Powell and Jonas Bylund. In 2019, Cian travelled to Spain on the Conservatorium Wind Symphony Tour, before commencing at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in July.
Cian enjoys hiking, traveling and eating good food with good people.
“The abstract communication of music does so much for our growth, enjoyment and curiosity. I find the more you give of yourself, the more you get back from the music. Sharing great music with colleagues and audiences from diverse backgrounds makes me excited!”
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