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Michael Woods

In a past life, Michael Woods was a trombone player. A former student of Roger Davies at the Victorian College of the Arts, he was a principal player in five Australian Youth Orchestra seasons and in the Victoria State Opera and Australian Pops Orchestras. He also played in the orchestras of the ABC and the Australian Opera and Ballet. As a 22 year old, he won the audition for a permanent principal position in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

As a cross-over conductor, he has appeared with community and professional orchestras in Australia, such as the Australian Pops Orchestra, Rotary’s Orchestra of the Stars and the Adelaide Symphony. He has also performed and recorded with a number of English and European orchestras. His recordings have appeared on the IMP Classics, Carlton Classics, Reader’s Digest and Green labels, including a well-received complete cycle of the four symphonies of Robert Schumann with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London.

In 2008, he returned to St Paul’s Cathedral for the Australian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra series, after successful St Paul’s performances of Beethoven’s Symphonies 1 and 2 with the Beethoven Consort, players from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Recently, he directed the Bucharest Sinfonia in the famous Romanian Atheneum. His formal graduate conducting, orchestration and repertoire qualification comes from the University of Melbourne where he studied with John Hopkins OBE. Other study has included music-theatre direction with Irvin Wagner at the University of Oklahoma, choral directing with Judith Clurman at the Juilliard School in New York and orchestral conducting in the Czech Republic with Kirk Trevor and the Martinu Philharmonic.

This year he will again direct the APCO series at St Paul's and will conduct the Austin Philharmonic in Texas. He will also return to Bucharest and Croatia where he will make his debut with the Zagreb Philharmonic. He has previously worked with both Stonnington and Zelman Symphonies. For Zelman, he has prepared the orchestra for Beethoven Symphony no. 9 and Verdi's Requiem, both with the Star Chorale, as well as conducting at Auburn Uniting Church.

Michael Woods has appeared with the Zelman Symphony in the following concerts:

13 September 2009
29 August 2009
28 March 2009
20 September 2008


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

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