Meet Michael, a dynamic and brilliant contributor to the Edmonton music scene, bringing over a decade of musical experience and leadership to the stage. Currently, he holds key roles as the Artistic Director with the Edmonton Pops Orchestra and Music Director with the Edmonton Philharmonic Orchestra.
With a rich history of performances worldwide, Michael has collaborated with renowned institutions like the Royal Canadian Artillery Band, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, University of Alberta, Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts, Citadel Theatre, Edmonton International Fringe Festival, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and Goodspeed Musicals.
From a young age, Michael has been immersed in the world of music, starting with singing and piano before delving into horn studies. His university years were marked by a deep appreciation for chamber music, and where he showcased his talents on both the horn and keyboard. Since then he has excelled as both a music director and conductor.
Not only a seasoned performer but also a dedicated composer, Michael has crafted music for numerous original concert programs and five new musicals, leaving a memorable impression on audiences across Canada. Highlights include the world premiere of “Once Upon A Frost” at Festival Place, where Michael served as Composer, Writer, and Director, as well as for the Canadian premiere of the Broadway musical “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” at the Edmonton International Fringe, a Festival for which his work as Music Director has been consistently acclaimed by critics and patrons.
Beyond the stage, Michael is a storyteller at heart, fostering collaborations and community building. As the Director of the Edmonton Composers Competition and a contributor to the Johann Strauss Foundation, he explores new relationships and avenues to make music, partnering with venues like Walterdale Theatre, Festival Place, and the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Centre.
In addition to advanced degrees in music performance and conducting, Michael has a versatile skill set that extends beyond music. He has a decade of experience in research and diagnostic laboratories, a degree in molecular genetics, and is a Red Seal Journeyman Electrician.
Above all, Michael is known for his genuine passion for storytelling and is a beloved music director and conductor, adding warmth and depth to Edmonton’s vibrant cultural tapestry.