Charles MacInnes was awarded the position of Principal Bass Trombone with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra in Sydney in 1985 at the age of nineteen. Four years later he moved to Germany to further his studies with Professor Joachim Mittelacher at the Hamburg Hochschule für Musik und Theater. After working for two seasons as Praktikant with the Hamburg Staatsoper, he played for eight years as a guest with the North German Radio (NDR) Big Band.
Since returning to Australia in 2000, he has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Australian Art Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and as a studio and theatre musician. Charles has lectured at the Victorian College of the Arts, Monash University, the Australian National University and the University of Melbourne (including two years as Head of Brass). He has a Master’s in Composition and is currently undertaking a PhD, researching improvisation in new music.
Charles is co-director of the Monash New Music Ensemble and over the past decade has presented hundreds of creative music workshops for young people. In 2015 he formed Nunique Quartet with Brigid Burke, Steve Falk and Megan Kenny, performing improvised music with film.