Born in Newcastle, Australia, Colin commenced his tertiary studies at the Newcastle Conservatorium with Warwick Tyrrell. After graduating with a Bachelor of Music in 2011, Colin undertook further postgraduate study at the Sydney Conservatorium with Scott Kinmont. In 2015, he moved to Europe to study with Professor Jonas Bylund at the Hochschule für Musik Theater und Medien Hannover, where he graduated with a Konzertsolist Diploma (Soloklasse).
While studying in Europe, Colin achieved success in a number of international music competitions. In 2017, he won First Prize at both the Eighth International Competition for Brass Instruments in Gdansk, Poland, and the First International Trombone Competition in Alsace, France.
Since 2018, Colin has held the position of Principal Trombone with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. As a guest musician, Colin has been invited to work with orchestras and chamber ensembles in both Australia and Europe including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Staatsoper Hannover, Teatro Regio di Torino, and World Brass.
As a soloist, Colin has been engaged to perform concerti with orchestras in both Europe and Australia including, most recently, the Göttinger Symphonie Orchester, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and Philharmonisches Orchester Bremerhaven. In 2022, he gave the world premiere of Joe Chindamo's Ligeia - Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra - a work commissioned for Colin by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.