Michael Kaulartz

Michael Kaulartz, born 1989 in Landau / Palatinate, got his first bassoon lesson with the age of 8 from the local bassoon teacher Bernhard Koelber. After three weeks he played in his first chamber orchestra. He quickly got extremely fascinated by this instrument and by doing music that he played at that period of life in 12 different youth and chamber orchestras aside the chamber music he also performed. Later he started his professional studies with Prof Ole Kristian Dahl in Mannheim.

During his studies Michael complemented his interest in Orchestra playing in the operas in Kaiserslautern and Mainz, the radio orchestra of the bavarian radio and the Symphony Orchestras of Aalborg, Aarhus, Kristiansand and the chamber orchestra of Mannheim. After meeting and studying one Erasmus Semester in Copenhagen with the exceptional bassoon player Audun Halvorsen, Michael played a 50% one-year contract on 2nd bassoon in the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. He got extremely inspired by the two Principal bassoon players of this orchestra, Audun Halvorsen and Sebastian Stevensson.

With this experience the young bassoonist started his first position as a Pincipal bassoon player in Iceland's National Symphony Orchestra in 2014. Besides this job he is demanded as a guest principal bassoon in many major orchestras within Europe like the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic London, Liverpool Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra Belfast, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, State Opera Karlsruhe, Symphony Orchestra of the NDR Hamburg, and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Danish Radio).

In 2018 he decided to quit his position in the Iceland Symphony Orchestra to focus more on his freelance opportunities, which led besides a more concentrated focus on baroque bassoon and his Trio (piano, bassoon, clarinet) to a one-year contract as principal bassoon in the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and on the same position to the National Opera Mannheim in Season 2019/20.

Besides soloistic perfomances with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the Baden-Baden Philharmonic, the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Mannheim, Michael can be heard as a soloist on the Hänssler recording with Haydn's Sinfonia Concertante and the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra, which was also performed in concerts. After finishing his Diploma with 1,0 (highest possible grade) Michael completed a solistic study with Professoer Ole Kristian Dahl in July 2018. He recieved grants by the PE-Förderkreis and Live Music Now and was awarded with 1st prizes in international as in national music competitions.



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