Michael Bakrnčev is a multi-award-winning composer, currently residing in Melbourne, Australia.

He graduated with first class Honours in Composition, under the tutelage of Gerard Brophy at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. His works have been performed on numerous occasions in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Canada, New York City, Austria, Scotland, the Republic of Macedonia (including two performances by the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra in Skopje), Serbia, Belarus, Ukraine & Germany, with future performances planned in Greece and London.

Bakrnčev's music has been recorded on a number of occasions in Australia, the USA, Canada and Europe (by the Macedonian Philharmonic), and has been featured at the Macedonian Days of Music Festival, the ITEC World Tuba and Euphonium Convention in Austria, the 16th World Saxophone Conference in Scotland, the Australasian Clarinet and Saxophone Conference in Sydney and the Two Days & Two Nights Festival in Ukraine. Bakrnčev is the youngest member of the Society of Composers of Macedonia (SOKOM).

In 2013, Bakrnčev had the privilege to write a work for Sydney’s The Song Company, and was commissioned by the Arts Centre Melbourne for the 5x5x5 composer development project - the resulting works were recorded by ABC Classic FM and the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), which included a performance at the Melbourne Recital Centre. In 2013, he was a finalist in the prestigious Melbourne Prize for Music. Bakrnčev’s percussion sextet “Ajde” (Winning composition of the Adolph Spivakovsky Prize for excellence in Musical Composition 2011) was given its international debut by the Freiburg Percussion Ensemble at the 2014 Days of Macedonian Music Festival, Skopje.

Recently, Bakrnčev’s work 201 Dreams & Their Interpretations was recorded by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Benjamin Northey. Earlier in 2014, he conducted his own work at Federation Square with The Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra.

Bakrnčev is a current Masters student, tutor in Orchestration at Melbourne University and holds a highly coveted Australian Postgraduate Award, studying with the acclaimed composers, Elliott Gyger and Brenton Broadstock.

Current works-in-progress include works for The Forest Collective (Melbourne), Northern Spirit Choir (Germany), UTAS Trio (Tasmania) a work for Italian Pedal-piano revivalist, Roberto Prosseda, The Australian Voices (Brisbane, Qld) and his own ensemble, The Melbourne Metropolitan Sinfonietta.

Future plans include research, experimental multi-cultural musical collaborations, and further study both nationally and abroad.

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