Cellist and conductor Michael Dahlenburg completed a Bachelors of Music Performance in cello studying with Molly Kadarauch at the University of Melbourne–Conservatorium of Music, and has studied conducting with Sir John Hopkins OBE. He received a fellowship at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), studying cello under the tutelage of Howard Penny and Timo-Veikko Valve.
As a cellist, Michael is in demand nationally and internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and teacher, performing as a core player of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and has worked with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, ACO2, Melbourne Symphony, among others. He was ACO’s Emerging Artist in 2008 and was a founding member of the acclaimed Hamer Quartet, First Prize, Grand Prize and Audience Prize winners at the 2009 Asia-Pacific Chamber Competition. He has given concerts at many festivals around Australia and internationally, including Norfolk Norwich Chamber Music series in UK, International Musicians Seminar – Prussia Cove, Pro Quartet in Paris and others. He has studied chamber music with Gerhard Schulz, Paul Katz, Andras Kellar and many others.
Michael has been broadcast many times live and recorded live broadcast as soloist and chamber musician on the ABC (Australian Broadcast Corporation) and Hamer Quartet’s debut on Melba Records international release which included the rarely recorded “On Wedlock edge” by Benjamin Britten was reviewed by BBC Radio 3 as “eloquent… If the programme appeals – and i think it’s unique – then buy it – the Britten is the stuff”.
As a conductor, Michael has regularly conducted Melbourne Chamber Orchestra since 2012. Michael was involved with the Symphony Services International Program (under the guidance of Christopher Seamen) from 2011, during which time he conducted the Tasmanian Symphony, Adelaide Symphony and Auckland Philharmonic Orchestras. Michael’s 2015 performances included reviews from The Australian, “Haydn’s jovial Symphony No. 60 was shaped with energy and clarity by conductor Michael Dahlenburg”, “Dahlenburg’s compositional and performance skills were also on display, the young cellist leading the ensemble”, “most impressive”.
He has conducted orchestras for arts organisations such as Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne Youth Music, State Music Camp, Youth Philharmonic Melbourne, Corpus Medicorum, Stonnington Symphony and Australian Medical Students Orchestra.
Michael would like to gratefully acknowledge the generous support of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, the Tallis Foundation, Hamer Family Fund and Merv Dickey.