Michael Dahlenburg


cellist & conductor


Michael Dahlenburg is a sought after conductor and cellist based in Melbourne, Australia.  He studied cello with Howard Penny at the Australian National Academy of Music and Molly Kadarauch at the University of Melbourne–Conservatorium of Music.

As a cellist, Michael is in demand nationally and internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, recording artist and teacher. He has worked with international musicians such as Pekka Kuusisto, Steve Davislim, Li Wei Qin, William Hennessy; and orchestras such as the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, ACO2, and Orchestra Victoria.

Michael was ACO’s Emerging Artist in 2008 and was a founding member of the acclaimed Hamer Quartet, that won First Prize, Grand Prize and Audience Prize at the 2009 Asia-Pacific Chamber Competition. In 2009 Hamer Quartet were named in ‘The Age’ magazines Top 100 Most Influential, and also named in Limelight magazine awards the same year as Best Newcomer. He has given performances at numerous festivals and concert halls around Australia and internationally, including UK, Italy, France, China, Spain, South Korea, New Zealand and many others. He has studied chamber music with Gerhard Schulz, Paul Katz, András Kellar, Heime Müller, Barbara Westphal, Hatto Beyerle, William Hennessy, Artemis, Tokyo, Jerusalem Quartets and many others. Michael also performs regularly with Trio Bresciani and is a member of ARTARIA, an ensemble with Celia Craig, Elizabeth Layton, Anne Horton and Caroline Henbest, whose debut CD will be launching in 2018.

Michael plays a 1780 J Charles donated by Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, the Tallis Foundation, Hamer Family Fund, and other private donors. He would also like to thank Merv Dickey for commissioning his 2015 Ersen Aycan cello.


As a conductor, Michael has regularly guest conducted the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. He most recently conducted the opening concert of MCO’s 2017 season with cellist Li Wei Qin, to critical acclaim. 

Michael has just returned from conducting a series for Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and will be opening MCO’s 2018 season with Mendelssohn Symphony 4 and soloist Konstantin Shamray. 

Michael studied conducting with John Hopkins and Maestro Christopher Semen; and As a member of Symphony Services International Conductor Program from 2010 (under the guidance of Christopher Seamen), Michael conducted the Tasmanian Symphony, Adelaide Symphony and Auckland Philharmonic Orchestras. 

Michael 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.





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