Michael Austin

Michael Austin

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Oboe

oboe/english horn

First year with SO: 2000

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Instrument: When asked about the English horn, Michael said, "English horn is a soulful instrument that is often used by composers when they want to invoke the highest level of emotional intimacy. It is mainly used in scores when there is a need to show love, nostalgia, or tragedy."


Education:
Bachelor of Music – The Juilliard School

Biography:
Michael Austin is sought after worldwide for his English horn and oboe expertise; this year Michael has performed internationally on five continents. In addition to his performances in Sarasota, Michael is the principal oboist of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2006. Michael has played both Cor Anglais and Principal Oboe with numerous major ensembles along the eastern seaboard of the United States, including the Florida Orchestra and the New World Symphony, among many others. He has also performed regularly as a chamber musician in New York City and the New England area. Michael is the co-founder and artistic director of the critically acclaimed Sky Meadow Chamber Players based in Vermont.

He graduated from the Juilliard School as an Elaine Lambert Prize recipient, having studied with John Ferrillo and Thomas Stacy. Other major teachers include Robert Atherholt, Elizabeth Camus, and John Mack. Before attending Juilliard, he was a National Merit Scholar pursuing medicine at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

Passions/Interests:
When not making reeds, Michael is an amateur poker player and avid bodybuilder. He also enjoys the practice of shinrin-yoku ("taking in the forest").

Career Highlights:
Michael's favorite musical memory is performing Swan of Tuonela as solo English horn with the New York Philharmonic.

Reviews

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 Literally gripping the arms of my seat, I was not the only one propelled on this rollercoaster of delightful music.  

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 Every section and soloist within the orchestra played their role with strength and beauty; every tree proud and tall. Tali served as an excellent guide leading the forces with assured confidence. The overall sound was lush and, yes, intense just where it needed to be.  

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 The Sarasota Orchestra was brimming with bubbling energy...  

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 A lifetime of musical moments, cinematic in scope, gave every section of the orchestra a leading role at one time or another. Chief among them was the virtuosic solo of concertmaster Daniel Jordan.  

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 It was a thrill ride resulting in an explosion of audience enthusiasm.  

Written byThe Observer

 Andrew Lane, the Orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, knows how to program a winning event and this concert had something for everyone. It also brought in a whole new audience that seemed dazzled by the performances.  

Written byThe Observer

 The Sarasota Orchestra played a program this past weekend filled with so much color, it was like visiting the Louvre.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 The performance... was exceptional, bringing new and stunning sonorities from a larger than usual Sarasota Orchestra under the dynamic leadership of Anu Tali.  

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