Born in Sydney, Nick Byrne completed his Bachelor's degree at the Canberra School of Music in 1991 studying with Simone de Haan, Ian Perry, Ron Prussing and Michael Mulcahy. He subsequently undertook further postgraduate study at De-Paul University in Chicago with Charles Vernon, Arnold Jacobs and mentor Michael Mulcahy.
Nick joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1995, prior to which he held the position of Solo Trombone with the Hofer Symphoniker in Germany. He has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and in 1994 was chosen by Sir Georg Solti for his Carnegie Hall Festival Orchestra.
Nick has also performed with Summit Brass, Millar Brass, Chicago Symphony Lower Brass Ensemble, Canberra Trombone Quartet (prize winner at the UMI Chamber Music Competition in Arizona, 1993), and is a founding member of the Sydney Symphony Brass Ensemble.
He is among the few recognised exponents on the ophicleide and has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, World Orchestra for Peace (Moscow and St Petersburg, 2003), Queensland Symphony and Mainz Bachchor, under conductors including Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Valery Gergiev and Simone Young. He has presented numerous solo recitals including the Melbourne International Festival of Brass (2003/2009), Sydney Festival of Brass (2013), Bangkok Tubamania (2010), Northwestern University-Chicago (2013) and was artist in residence at Brown University-Rhode Island in 2013.
In 2002, Nick was the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship to undertake ophicleide studies in Lyon, France, and in 2006 recorded the world's first solo ophicleide recording 'Back from Oblivion' to critical acclaim for the Australian label Melba Recordings. He has had numerous solo works and concertos written for him by composers including Simon Proctor, Christopher Gordon and William Perry whose concerto Nick will record in June 2014 with the RTE-Orchestra in Ireland for the Naxos label.
Nick performs on a Halari-Sudre (c.1885) ophicleide in C, sourced from Andre Bissonet-Paris and restored by Servette music-Geneva.
A selection of the Worldwide reviews:
"you will greatly enjoy this album... lovely collaboration ... fine recorded sound." American Record Guide (US)
"a wonderful CD... superb musicality... a great and diverse program played by a great artist. Bravissimo Nick Byrne!" Roger Bobo blogspot (Japan)
"a first-class production, with gorgeous recording acoustics, and stylish and masterful playing... to own and enjoy... Historic Brass Society (US)
"a disc of pleasantly varied repertory...Byrne plays very musically... David Miller is the accomplished piano accompanist... Turok's Choice US
"Byrne plays with such fluency and security that he makes it hard to believe that the ophicleide is really a difficult... All Music Guide (US)