Mike Oswald, French horn


Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Mike is thrilled to call Victoria home. He joined the Victoria Symphony as second horn in 2007. He was previously with the Canton Symphony and appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, and Shreveport Symphony. He has participated in festivals including: The American Institute of Musical Studies (Graz, Austria), Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra (Breckenridge, Colorado), Music Academy of the West (Santa Barbara, California), and the Kent/Blossom Chamber Music Festival in Ohio. In Aspen, Mike performed a number of Vivaldi and Telemann multi-instrument Concertos with John Zirbel and Nicolas McGegan. He studied at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music with William VerMeulen and received his bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Richard King.

Hear Mike play:

Career highlight:
Playing brass fanfares in the courtyard of the 17th century Eggenberg Palace (Graz) for Austrian dignitaries.

Why horn?
It creates some of the most beautiful sounds of any orchestral instrument.

Why brass?
The variety. Brass music covers all the bases, from jazz to lyric to epic.

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