Put a guitar into Michael Fix's hands and the emotional possibilities of
music are suddenly released. This remarkable composer and musician has the power
to create myriad sensory experiences through his music - it captures and conveys
emotions, experiences and images with ease. And they are unforgettable. Over the past decade, he's released six albums, together with several singles
and EPs, and has established himself as one of Australia's finest guitarists and
composers, performing at festivals across the country, and writing evocative
music for television, film and documentaries.
He's also won numerous awards for his music, including three Golden Guitars, and his guitar workshops are in high demand all over Australia and internationally.
Indeed, Michael's reputation is growing rapidly. He has already achieved international recognition, performing in the United States and New Zealand, as well as numerous times on Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands.
Now, he receives regular invitations to perform at festivals and concerts throughout Italy and germany. Michael began performing in his home town of Wollongong at the age of 12, and in his early twenties moved to Sydney, where he was discovered by the legendary Tommy Emmanuel.
Emmanuel became a mentor to the young guitarist and spent several years teaching and working with him.
Michael's credentials include acclaimed Sydney band Hat Trick, which he joined in 1985. Hat Trick specialised in eclectic versions of classical and folk pieces, and this music has played a major role in the development of Michael's own musical style.
Michael believes strongly that his music is a gift which should be shared. Over the years, he has taken the chance to use his music to assist others. In 1995, he penned "Bush Bash" to raise funds for the Variety Club of Australia. The song was used as part of the Variety Club's annual car rally.
In 2002, following the death of legendary country guitarist Barry Thornton, Michael recorded Remembering Barry Thornton, a fundraising EP to assist Barry's family. He also penned a single in memory of Barry, "Mulga Dan". The song went on to win Michael his third Instrumental of the Year Golden Guitar, as well as taking out the 2003 Victorian Country Music Award in the Instrumental category.
Recognition of Michael's extraordinary talents on the guitar has led to major ongoing sponsorship deals with Maton Guitars and D'Addario Strings, as well as AER amplification.