Freelance; Guest performer – Mahler Chamber Orchestra; Scottish Chamber Orchestra; German Radio Philharmonic; Aurora Orchestra; Camerata Bern; Kammerakademie Potsdam; Melbourne Chamber Orchestra
Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: University of Melbourne
Australian violinist Michael Brooks Reid is sought after as concertmaster and principal by leading orchestras across Europe and Australia. Currently based in Berlin, Michael makes regular guest appearances with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, German Radio Philharmonic, Aurora Orchestra, Camerata Bern, Kammerakademie Potsdam and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.
Michael has also performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Mozart and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, and has worked with esteemed conductors such as the late greats Pierre Boulez and Claudio Abbado.
As a chamber musician, Michael spent several years as a member of the
Hamer Quartet. During this time the ensemble competed in the inaugural Asia-Pacific Chamber Music Competition, winning all available first prizes; the Quartet, Overall and Audience prizes. The quartet was subsequently named on ‘The Age’ newspaper’s ‘The 100 Most Influential People in Australia’ list.
Since leaving the quartet, Michael has continued to pursue his passion for chamber music, performing in several international music festivals, including most recently with Oboist Albrecht Mayer at the ‘Hitzacker Musikwoche’ in Germany, at the newly founded Avigdor Classics in Switzerland, and at the ‘Joy of Music’ festival in Hong Kong.
As soloist, Michael has toured with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, performing and directing The Four Seasons of Vivaldi and Piazzolla to critical acclaim, and recently performed Brahms’ violin concerto as a part of the Melbourne Youth Orchestra’s 50th birthday celebrations at the Melbourne Recital Centre.
Conducting is another interest of Michael’s, and he has undertaken study with Christopher Seaman, Sebastian Lang-Lessing and the late John Hopkins OBE, and has conducted the Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.
From 2004-2008 Michael was Leader and Artistic director of the Australian Classical Players, combining his love for conducting and violin playing; programming and directing the concert season from the 1st violins.
More recently, he has been part of a team of professional mentors directing the ‘Aldeburgh Strings’, a chamber orchestra made up of the most outstanding students from the Britten-Pears Festival in the UK.
Michael plays a violin by Nicolo Gagliano, made in Naples in 1751.
When taking a break from music, Michael enjoys traveling, good food with good wine and a game of poker!
Last updated 2018