Born and raised in Calgary (Go Flames Go!), Colin graduated from the University of Calgary in 1997 with a Bachelor’s degree in oboe performance studying with David Sussman. Colin achieved a lifelong dream by joining Quartetto Gelato in 2009. “It is the greatest honor to follow in Cynthia’s footsteps and to share a stage (and while on tour, a carpool and hotel room) with these world class musicians”. In addition to being a musician, Colin has also worked for over 20 years as a dancer, actor, stuntman, singer, choreographer, acrobat and martial-artist. This combination of high level music and theatre is quite unique and he continues to find new, exciting and ground breaking ways to combine his two passions. For more information on Colin, please visit his website at www.colinmaier.com
Colin has released 2 CDs comprised of original Canadian commissions, Canadian arrangements, Canadian/World premieres, and virtuosic showpieces with accompaniment from Canada’s leading musicians and musical theatre actors. “Advice From A Misguided Man in 2012 and “The Fabulist” in 2014. His solo music is currently played on radio stations in over 20 countries.
In 2002, he was a featured Jazz oboist at the International Double Reed Festival. Colin regularly a guest lecturer and recitalist at Universities across North America. Colin is currently the oboe professor and co-coordinator of the Music Ed Plus program at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario
In addition to oboe, Colin also plays clarinet, english horn, bassoon, violin, 5-string banjo, acoustic/electric bass, piano, saxophone, flute, guitar, mandolin and musical saw. He has yet to master the kitchen sink despite years of training…much respect to the members of STOMP.
Colin had the honor of playing the devil fiddler in the flying blue canoe for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremonies.” Some highlights from Colin’s theatre career where he appeared as an actor include; “Lord of the Rings” (Mirvish), Fire (CanStage), “Forbidden Phoenix” (LKTYP), “KA” (Cirque du Soleil), “Amadeus” (Alberta Theatre Projects), “That Dance Show” (Saltance Productions), “Cats” (Neptune Theatre), Joseph’s Dreamcoat (StageWest/Drayton), “A Chorus Line” (StageWest), Sarah Brightman’s World Tour, and TV’s “Honey I Shrunk the Kids!”.