for the Musicians' Portrait Project
Michael Hope has been the Assistant Principal Bassoonist of the Calgary Philharmonic since 1982.
He was born in Toronto and graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Performance Bassoon, 1981) from the The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he was a student of Bernard Garfield and Sol Schoenbach.
Michael began his musical studies in Toronto where he was a student of Christopher Weait. He also attended the University of Cincinnati in 1981-82 as an artist diploma student, studying with Otto Eifert.
Michael was a member of The National Youth Orchestra of Canada from 1978 to 1981; he was also a member of The Colorado Philharmonic in 1982 and 1983 where, in addition to his playing responsibilities, he served as personnel manager.
Over the years he has done a small amount of private teaching; two of his students are now the principal bassoonists of The Vancouver and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras.
While at Curtis, Michael discovered his voice and, as a result, began vocal training with members of the voice faculty at Curtis. He has since developed a second career as a professional vocalist, specializing in classics from The American Songbook and Broadway show tunes. As the star of his self-produced pops concerts, he has appeared with virtually every Canadian orchestra and with symphonies in the United States. He was also the First Prize Winner in the vocal category of the CMC-International Stepping Stones Competition in 1988.
Michael has recorded five CDs. His latest is a collection of inspirational songs: Amazing Grace received a 2009 Covenant Award Nomination for Classical/Traditional Album of the Year. His Christmas CD, Silent Night, was a Calgary Herald Top 10 Holiday CD, and his other recordings, What A Wonderful World, The Quintessential Cole Porter and Bewitched have also received critical acclaim.
Michael is married and has two teenage children.
Find out more about Michael and his recordings at http://www.michaelhope.net ( http://www.michaelhope.net )