Michelle began her cello studies at the age of seven, in her spare time that wasn’t otherwise spent in a swimming pool. Melbourne born, she completed her both Bachelor and Masters of Music degrees at the University of Melbourne under the wonderful tuition of Arturs Ezergailis, and then Christian Wojtowicz in Tasmania.
Michelle has always been a passionate chamber musician, however it was her time at university that saw her engage with the field most keenly; touring extensively with the Young Piano Trio of Melbourne, and then subsequently becoming the founding cellist of the Tinalley String Quartet. Performances with the Quartet have led to both national and international acclaim, and tours to some of the finest concert halls in the world, including the Berlin Konzerthaus, Concertgebouw, Musikverein, and Frankfurt AlteOper. Alongside the quartet’s illustrious career, Michelle’s chamber music performances have also extended to appearances as guest artist with the Australian String Quartet, Australia Ensemble, Wilma & Friends, Daniel de Borah & Friends, Melbourne-based new music ensemble Plexus and numerous festival appearances.
Michelle is also at home within the orchestra, spending her youth as Principal Cellist of Melbourne Youth Orchestra, and a member of Australian Youth Orchestra. She is currently a member of the cello section of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and has been an acting Principal and Guest Associate Principal Cellist in both the Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras respectively. She has had the honour to perform and tour as part of the Australian World Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Zubin Mehta in concerts at the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne’s Hamer Hall, as well as its recent tour to India in 2015. Michelle was also a core player in the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra where she has performed as soloist, principal cellist and as a member of the Australian Octet.
Michelle also greatly enjoys being an active chamber music coach and cello tutor, having worked with ensembles from the University of Melbourne, Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne Youth Orchestra programs and at the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp and Fellowship Programs with the Melbourne Symphony.
Michelle performs on a cello that should frankly be referred to as ‘the big little engine that could’ – a German trade instrument by Andreas Zimmerman in 1901 that she has had since she was 13.