Michael Olsen grew up in rural Western Australia, where he first started piano and violin, before picking up the trumpet at age 10. He began his Bachelor of Music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) studying with Peter Miller, before transferring to a Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance at Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, where he studied with Sarah Butler and Richard Madden.
Orchestrally, he has had engagements with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria, and in 2014 completed a six-month internship with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. He has performed as a soloist for Josh Groban’s Melbourne Stages tour, and has also been a regular member of Australia’s leading youth orchestras, including the Australian Youth Orchestra, Queensland Youth Orchestra, and the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute (AISOI).
Internationally, Michael has performed in the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Columbus, Ohio where he was awarded the Anatoly Selianin Memorial Scholarship. He also attended the Internationale Trompetentage Kürnbach (2015) with Reinhold Friedrich and the Norddeutsche Trompetentage (2014).
In 2016 Michael’s Stravinsky Octet was awarded the ANAM Chamber Competition Prize and he is currently in his second year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) studying with David Elton and Tristram Williams.
In his time off, Michael enjoys rock climbing and canyoning.