MusiciansHarrison Steele-Holmes

Harrison is currently undertaking his second year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under the tutelage of Colin Prichard, after spending two years studying trombone at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

From a young age, Harrison was surrounded with the sounds of brass; his parents and family were all involved in brass bands. Quickly captivated, he began playing the trombone at the age of 8. Harrison’s love for the trombone grew with his love for classical music, and in the later years of high school, he began dreaming of a career in classical music, and performing in one of the world’s best orchestras.

Having grown up predominantly as a soloist in his high school years, Harrison has won numerous solo state- and nation-wide competitions, including sections in the Australian national band championships since 2015, finalist and winner of the Australian Youth Classical music competition in 2021, and finalist in 3MBS The Talent in 2019. Since 2019, Harrison has been involved in frequent Australian Youth Orchestra programs, and most notably played in Alpine Symphony under the direction of Sir Mark Elder in 2021.

Harrison has been fortunate enough to study with some incredible teachers in the past with the likes of Michael Bertoncello, Prof. David King, Jason Redman, Ben Marks and Ash Carter over the journey.

Last year Harrison had the opportunity to play alongside members of the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to showcase brilliant works by Wagner, Tchaikovsky and Dukas.

Harrison is very much looking forward to continuing his ANAM journey with Colin Prichard in 2024, with the ambition to take part in international solo competitions such as the International Trombone Association and Pacific Music Festival competitions.

FROM: Geelong, VIC. Lands of the wathaurong people

Photo by Pia Johnson

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