Woodwind, Theory and Composition
Michael Bryan is a freelance composer, saxophonist, clarinettist and peripatetic teacher residing in London. After attending Chetham's School of Music from 2003 to 2008 where he studied clarinet and saxophone, he enrolled at Trinity College of Music where he completed his degree in Jazz Saxophone and Composition in 2012.
Throughout his career, Michael has performed as a soloist, in orchestras, in large and small ensembles and in his own projects across the UK, sharing the stage with musicians such as Stan Sultzman, Mike Walker and Sir John Dankworth at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Bridgewater Hall and the Belfast Arena.
As a composer, Michael has written works for various performers and ensembles and has had premiers of his work performed in the British Film Institute, the Royal College of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music. Recently, he has also been providing talks and workshops for music A level students.
Michael currently teaches for both Ealing Music Service and Slough Music Service as well as at various schools and colleges in London. He has considerable experience in teaching woodwind and composition on an individual, group and whole class basis.
Where you studied:
Chetham's School of Music then Trinity College of Music
What is your first instrument?
What age did you start?
What other instruments do you play?
Clarinet primarily and then a bit of piano, percussion and various other woodwind instruments.
What is your favourite piece?
Maybe Stravinsky's Petrushka or Bartok's string quartets.
The first piece I played that I thought was really cool was 'Watermelon Man' by Herbie Hancock. It was also on the second album I ever bought (the first being B*witched's self-titled debut).