The Golden Gate Brass concert was a reflection and celebration of a two-week residency in our region – which includes rehearsal time, collaborations with local artists, school and library visits and private tuition for local musicians. Four Winds is fortunate to partner with organisations such as the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) to host some extremely exciting residency programs for our region. Central to Four Winds philosophy is to encourage aspiring and practicing artists and arts leaders within and beyond our community.

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, is currently at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and, when not practising, is an avid fan of board games.

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Jason Catchpowle

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 is set to play with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2017. 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.

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Fletcher Cox

At age 10, Fletcher desperately wanted to play guitar in his primary school music program. After being told that the trumpet would yield better opportunities, he (begrudgingly) began a love-hate relationship with the instrument, eventually falling in love with it in late high school. Continuing on to study the trumpet, Fletcher completed his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in 2015 under Evan Cromie and Brent Grapes.

While in Perth, Fletcher was a member of the WA Youth Orchestra, performing as principal trumpet from 2013-2015. In his final year at UWA, Fletcher was awarded the VOSE Memorial Concerto Prize for his performance of the Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto in the Perth Concert Hall. After moving to Melbourne to study at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under David Elton and Tristram Williams, Fletcher appeared in many ANAM performances, including being a member of the winning ensemble of the ANAM Chamber Competition for 2016. He also performed as principal trumpet of AISOI in December 2016, performing The Rite of Spring and Alpine Symphony in Tasmania. In addition to this, Fletcher is an accomplished freelancer across Australia, having performed with multiple orchestras including the West Australian and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.

Fletcher hopes to continue travelling around Australia (and eventually the world) after his time at ANAM, with the aim of being able to one day live comfortably as a full-time member of a symphony orchestra in Australia. Outside of music, he loves coffee, good food and travelling… and doesn’t miss the guitar one bit!

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Aidan Gabriels

Aidan, born in Perth comes from a family of four all starting violin at a young age. He was introduced to violin at the age of five and at 10 he received a scholarship to begin studying the French Horn at John XXIII College as a part of the band program.

Aidan has received tutelage from some of Australia’s leading Horn players, including Robert Gladstones, Peter Luff and Ysolt Clarke.

Aidan began his tertiary study in 2012 studying a Bachelor of Music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (continuing to study with Robert Gladstones). In 2014 Aidan moved to Brisbane to continue his Bachelor of Music and at the completion of his degree was invited to perform in Brisbane’s three-month season of Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Miserables. Aidan has now moved to Melbourne in 2017 to begin tutelage at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under Sydney Symphony Orchestra Principal Horn, Ben Jacks.

Aidan has made appearances with orchestras all over Australia, including the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra, Tasmania Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Camerata of St Johns Chamber Orchestra, among others. A long-term member of the Australian Youth Orchestra, he recently toured to Europe and China, performing in some of the world’s most renowned concert venues as part of the AYO 2016 International Tour.

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Michael Olsen

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, 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.

Student Beneficiary Support provided by Dale and Greg Higham

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