The LOGOS Chamber Group
Michael Brooks Reid - violin
Australian violinist Michael Brooks Reid is highly sought after as concertmaster and principal by leading orchestras across Europe and Australia.
Currently based in Berlin, Michael makes regular guest appearances with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, German Radio Philharmonic, Aurora Orchestra, Camerata Bern, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Michael has also often performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Mozart and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, and has worked with esteemed conductors such as the late greats Pierre Boulez and Claudio Abbado.
As a chamber musician, Michael spent several years as a member of the Hamer Quartet. During this time the ensemble competed in the inaugural Asia-Pacific Chamber Music Competition, sweeping all available first prizes; the Quartet, Overall and Audience prizes. The quartet was subsequently named on ‘The Age’ newspaper’s ‘The 100 Most Influential People in Australia’ list.
Since leaving the quartet, Michael has continued to pursue his passion for chamber music in Europe, performing in several international music festivals, including most recently with Oboist Albrecht Mayer at the ‘Hitzacker Musikwoche’ in Germany, and at the newly founded Avigdor Classics in Switzerland.
As soloist, Michael recently toured with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, performing and directing The Four Seasons of Vivaldi and Piazzolla to critical acclaim. Upcoming engagements include performances of Brahms’ violin concerto as a part of the Melbourne Youth Orchestra’s 50th birthday celebrations.
Conducting is another interest of Michael’s, and he has undertaken study with Christopher Seaman, Sebastian Lang-Lessing and the late John Hopkins OBE, and has conducted the Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.
From 2004-2008 Michael was Leader and Artistic director of the Australian Classical Players, where he was able to combine his passions for conducting and violin playing, programming and directing the concert season from the 1st violins.
More recently, he has been part of a team of professional mentors directing the ‘Aldeburgh Strings’, a chamber orchestra made up of the most outstanding students from the Britten-Pears Festival in the UK.
Michael plays a violin by Nicolo Gagliano, made in Naples in 1751.
When taking a break from music, Michael enjoys traveling, good food with good wine and a game of poker!