A native of La Cañada, California, Michael Byrne has been Principal Oboe of the Victoria Symphony since 1986. He has been featured as soloist on several occasions, performing concerti by Bach, Haydn, Mozart and Strauss.
He holds degrees from both Michigan State University and The University of Michigan, and has studied and performed at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Aspen Music Festival and the Music Academy of the West.
He has also performed as Principal Oboe with the Okanagan Symphony, the Galiano Ensemble and the Cascade Festival of Music in Bend, Oregon.
Hometown: La Cañada, California
First season with the VS: 1986/87
Most memorable VS experience: Several years ago, over the course of our concert season, we performed the four symphonies of Johannes Brahms under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Each performance was magical!
Hobbies and interests: Formula 1 racing, analog photography with vintage cameras, astronomy and running.
Favourite things to do around the capital region: running the Times Colonist 10k race each year with my teammates from the orchestra, and enjoying the spectacular natural scenery we are lucky enough to live in.
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