Michael Fedyshyn has held the position of Principal Trumpet of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra since 2007. Prior to joining as second trumpet, he held the position of Principal Trumpet of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. Michael has performed as guest Principal Trumpet with the National Arts Centre and Montreal Symphony Orchestras and also can be heard regularly in concerts with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, NACO and the Canadian Opera Company. He is a member of the Canadian National Brass Project, a large brass ensemble made up of players from orchestras across Canada.
As soloist he has performed with 13 Strings of Ottawa, G27 Ensemble, Silverthorn Symphonic Winds and the Friends of Alec Wilder concert series in New York City, as well as with Thunder Bay Symphony and Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. Most recently he premiered Abigail Richardson-Schulte’s The Mermaid and the Fisherman with the HPO, as well as the Hamilton premiere of John Estacio’s Trumpet Concerto. Michael can be heard on a number of recordings, some of which include The Hockey Sweater (2019) with the HPO, Life Reflected (2017) and Baroque Treasury (2017) with NACO, the Juno Award-nominated Palej: The Poet and the War (2013) with G27 and Brahms on Brass (2011) with the Canadian Brass.
A committed teacher, Michael has given clinics and provided coaching in a variety of settings including the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould School, University of Ottawa, York University, ScotiaFest, Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra and Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra as well as abroad in Utrecht, Netherlands and Copenhagen, Denmark. He also acts as a brass mentor for the National Academy Orchestra of the Brott Music Festival. He is currently an Instructor in Trumpet at Mohawk College.
Originally from Cornwall, Ontario, Michael attended University of Ottawa before continuing studies at the Glenn Gould School of the RCM. His teachers include Robert Oades, Vincent Cichowicz and Andrew McCandless.
Michael makes a happy home with his violinist-wife Bethany and their two daughters, as well as two cats, Watson and Crick, Luna the dog, and many brass and non-brass instruments, while somehow finding time for a bit of road cycling and photography.
Michael is a Bach (Conn-Selmer) artist and plays Bach Bb and C trumpets and cornets, and the Conn Vintage One Flugelhorn.