About

Golden Gate Brass (Grey)
 
 

Formed in 2017 at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), Golden Gate Brass is an ensemble dedicated to providing high quality performances of brass repertoire. Its members are Michael Olsen & Fletcher Cox (trumpets), Aidan Gabriels (horn), Jackson Bankovic (trombone), and Jason Catchpowle (tuba). 

Golden Gate Brass have appeared in concert at ANAM, Four Winds, The Savage Club, The Brunswick Green and at the National Gallery of Victoria and have collaborated with Ad Lib Collective and the Corelia Quintet. Each member of the ensemble maintains an impressive career in their own right, having collectively appeared in every full-time professional orchestra in the country as well as in numerous other performances, festivals and competitions across Australia. 

Golden Gate Brass provide performances which are high energy, innovative and exciting. They have also shared their experience with younger musicians through their involvement at ANAM, UWA, Four Winds and South Coast Music Camp. Golden Gate Brass enjoy sharing their love of music with a younger audience and with those that may not have previously had opportunities to see a chamber ensemble perform. They are passionate about commissioning new works to augment the brass quintet repertoire and aim to bring high quality performances of brass quintet music to the public.

 

Michael Olsen

Photo by  Pia Johnson . Courtesy of ANAM

Photo by Pia Johnson. Courtesy of ANAM

Michael Olsen grew up in rural Western Australia, where he first started piano and violin, before picking up the trumpet at age 10. He began his Bachelor of Music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) studying with Peter Miller, before transferring to a Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance at Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, where he studied with Sarah Butler and Richard Madden.

Orchestrally, he has had engagements with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria, and in 2014 completed a six-month internship with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. He has performed as a soloist for Josh Groban’s Melbourne Stages tour, and has also been a regular member of Australia’s leading youth orchestras, including the Australian Youth Orchestra, Queensland Youth Orchestra, and the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute (AISOI).

Internationally, Michael has performed in the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Columbus, Ohio where he was awarded the Anatoly Selianin Memorial Scholarship. He also attended the Internationale Trompetentage Kürnbach (2015) with Reinhold Friedrich and the Norddeutsche Trompetentage (2014).

In 2016 Michael’s Stravinsky Octet was awarded the ANAM Chamber Competition Prize and he is currently in his second year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) studying with David Elton and Tristram Williams.

In his time off, Michael enjoys rock climbing and canyoning.


Fletcher Cox

Perth-based trumpeter Fletcher Cox is currently on contract with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Trumpet. He is an experienced performer in orchestral, chamber and solo settings and is a passionate music advocate and teacher, also working as the trumpet teacher at the UWA Conservatorium of Music. 

Fletcher completed his Bachelor’s degree at the University of the Western Australia, studying under Brent Grapes and Evan Cromie. During his final year in 2015, he was the recipient of both the Wesley Mission Scholarship and the VOSE Memorial Prize for his performance of the Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto. Then moving to Melbourne in 2016, Fletcher studied at the Australian National Academy of Music, under David Elton and Tristram Williams. Whilst there, he worked with an extensive list of artists to hone his craft and develop his performance skills. He appeared in many concerts, including side-by-side performances with both the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Australian World Orchestra in principal positions. Fletcher was also a member of the winning ensemble for the 2016 Chamber Competition.

As a freelance musician, Fletcher has appeared in numerous ensembles across Melbourne and Perth, as well as having worked regularly with the Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmanian and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, appearing as Guest Principal Trumpet in the latter of the two. He was also an artist at the Canberra International Music Festival in 2018.

Outside of performing, Fletcher is an avid coffee lover and enjoys travelling around the country sharing his love of music with everyone.

Photo by  Pia Johnson . Courtesy of ANAM

Photo by Pia Johnson. Courtesy of ANAM


AIDAN GABRIELS

Photo by  Pia Johnson . Courtesy of ANAM

Photo by Pia Johnson. Courtesy of ANAM

Perth-born Aidan Gabriels comes from a family of four, all of whom began playing violin at a young age. He studied violin from the age of five and at ten he received a scholarship to begin studying French horn at John XXIII College. He has since studied with some of Australia’s leading horn players, including Robert Gladstones, Peter Luff, Ysolt Clarke and Ben Jacks.

In 2012 Aidan began a Bachelor of Music degree at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (studying with Robert Gladstones). In 2014 he moved to Brisbane, where he continued his degree, and in 2017 he joined the Australian National Academy of Music program in Melbourne. He is now based in Sydney, taking part in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Fellowship program.

Aidan has played with a number of Australian orchestras, including the West Australian, Queensland and Melbourne symphony orchestras and the Camerata of St Johns Chamber Orchestra. A long-term member of the Australian Youth Orchestra, in 2016 he toured with the orchestra to Europe and China, performing in some of the world's most renowned concert venues.


Jackson Bankovic

Jackson began playing the trombone at the age of nine in his hometown of Orange in regional New South Wales. Jackson is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he attained his Bachelor of Music (Performance Honours) studying under Scott Kinmont and Nick Byrne. During his studies, he performed alongside musicians from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and in masterclasses by Jörgen van Rijen and the American Brass Quintet.

In 2015, Jackson was selected to travel to Italy as part of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Estivo programme, performing as the trombonist in The Greenway Brass Quintet. He was also selected to perform on the soundtrack for the Hollywood blockbuster movie The Gods of Egypt. Jackson has a passion for arranging music and has had his arrangements premiered by musicians of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Jackson is a casual musician with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, is currently at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and, when not practising, is an avid fan of board games.

Photo by  Pia Johnson . Courtesy of ANAM

Photo by Pia Johnson. Courtesy of ANAM


Jason Catchpowle

Photo by  Pia Johnson . Courtesy of ANAM

Photo by Pia Johnson. Courtesy of ANAM

Jason Catchpowle is a native of Great Britain. He moved with his family to Perth, Western Australia in 2007 and has since moved to Melbourne in 2014. Jason had his first musical training from the age of five with piano lessons. Later he joined the music program at Churchlands SHS and had the opportunity to learn an orchestral instrument. Unfortunately Jason joined a year after the program start and had to pick between the Euphonium or the Tuba as his second instrument. Fortunately Jason made the right choice and has experienced an enduring love for the velvety sound of the tuba.

Jason has performed with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Jason’s teachers have included Cameron Brook, Steve Rossé and Tim Buzbee.

Whilst not playing the tuba, Jason enjoys Windsurfing, Cycling, Frisbee and motivational reading. He is also extremely grateful for the friends he’s met whilst studying at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) who have enormously enriched his life both musically and otherwise.