Michael studied cello with Howard Penny at the Australian National Academy of Music and Molly Kadarauch at the University of Melbourne.

He was principal cellist of Melbourne Chamber Orchestra until 2020, and has been guest principal with Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (NZ) and Orchestra Victoria. He has worked as a guest with the Australian String Quartet, Flinders Quartet, Australian Chamber Orchestra, ACO2 and Adelaide’s ARTARIA ensemble.

Michael was a founding member of Hamer Quartet, First Prize, Grand Prize and Audience Prize winners at the 2009 Asia Pacific Chamber Competition. He has performed at numerous festivals and concert halls around the world and has studied chamber music with many leading chamber musicians.

Michael also studied conducting with John Hopkins and Christopher Seamen and has been a regular guest conductor of Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. He has also conducted the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and numerous orchestras for arts organisations.

Michael Dahlenburg joins the Australian String Quartet as its Cellist in November 2020.

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