Michael studied cello at the Australian National Academy of Music and at the University of Melbourne – Conservatorium of Music, studying with Molly Kadarauch, Howard Penny and Timo-Veikko Valve.
Michael is a founding member of the Hamer Quartet, first prize winners, audience prize winners and Musica Viva Grand Prize winners for Best Ensemble at the Asia-Pacific Chamber music competition in 2009, and has performed and studied across Australia and Europe including performances at the Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music Festival (UK) and the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove. Hamer Quartet has been recorded on the Melba Records label and their first CD with New York Metropolitan Opera Singer Steve Davislim has been critically acclaimed.
Michael is also a core cellist with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, guest Associate Principal with Orchestra Victoria, and was the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Emerging Artist in 2008. He has worked with the ACO, ACO2 and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Michael has studied conducting with John Hopkins (OBE) at the University of Melbourne and with Christopher Seamen as part of the Symphony Services International Conductor Training. Michael has been involved with the Symphony Services International program since 2011 and has had the privilege of conducting both the Tasmanian Symphony orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra in 2011 and 2012. As part of the Conductor Training program for 2013, Michael will be returning to the TSO and APO, as well as Sydney Sinfonia. Michael has conducted MCO both in city concerts and on
As part of the Conductor Training program for 2013, Michael will be returning to the TSO and APO, as well as Sydney Sinfonia. Michael has conducted MCO both in city concerts and on regional tour, has also conducted several orchestral performances at the Australian National Academy of Music.