Principal Cor Anglais
Michael Pisani has been a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Oboe section since 2004. Michael grew up in Melbourne, first learning the piano before starting the oboe at age 12. After studying at the Victorian College of the Arts he was appointed to the position of Associate Principal Oboe in the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and then to the same position in Orchestra Victoria the following year.
On occasion, Michael also plays Principal Oboe with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and has been guest principal with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic and Hong Kong Philharmonic. He has appeared as soloist with various orchestras in Melbourne, performing Strauss and Mozart oboe concertos, and has featured on the ABC’s “Sunday Live” and “Young Australia” programs. Michael also teaches oboe at the University of Melbourne.
What is your first performance memory?
Playing the recorder at my school assembly
What is your favourite sporting team?
Essendon Bombers, but only half heartedly, like when they are doing well, so it’s been a while, but looking a little better lately.
What’s your favourite place in the world to just be?
Anywhere with my family