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Michael Brooks Reid - violin

Michael has been playing the Violin since he was four years old. His former teachers include Pavel Prantl, Alice Waten and Barry Wilde in Hong Kong (where he spent eight years of his childhood); and Julian Quirit in Melbourne. He is currently studying with William Hennessy at the University of Melbourne.

In 1994, Michael became a founding member of the Hong Kong International Youth Orchestra, and in 1998 was appointed concertmaster. Michael was also a member of the Melbourne Youth Orchestra between 1999 and 2003, and in his last year was co-concertmaster. Michael has made solo appearances with both of these orchestras, performing the Bruch and Mendelssohn Violin Concerti, as well as John Williams' theme from Schindler's List (originally played by Itzhak Perlman) as part of a "Music from the Movies" concert. Last year, he performed Vivaldi's Four Seasons in a concert series with the Australian Classical Players (a chamber ensemble based in Melbourne).

This year, Michael has been appointed musical director of the Australian Classical Players, and will be directing performances as principal violinist throughout the year. This will also include a repeat performance of the Four Seasons later in the year.

Last year Michael embarked on a European tour with the Australian Youth Orchestra, which included performances at some of the world's great concert halls, including the Concertgebouw and the Royal Albert Hall. At the start of this year, Michael attended the fortnight-long Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camp, as concertmaster of the Bishop Symphony Orchestra.

Michael has been broadcast ABC Classic FM and 3MBS, and has recently become a casual member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. This year, he has progressed to the second round of the Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year competition. In this round, which is to take place in May, Michael will be performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.

Michael performed Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto twice with the Zelman Symphony in April 2005: at our concert on 2 April 2005 at the MLC Auditorium, and at the Daylesford Town Hall on 24 April 2005 when the orchestra appeared for the Hepburn Springs Swiss-Italian Festa.

Michael Brooks Reid has appeared with the Zelman Symphony in the following concerts:

24 April 2005
2 April 2005

The above details were supplied by the individual performer and were current at the time of their last performance with the Zelman Symphony.

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