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Michael Oman

Michael OmanMichael Oman was born in 1963 and has made a great name for himself, above all as a recorder soloist and director of a leading Early Music ensemble. As a Baroque specialist he now numbers among the most prominent and versatile recorder players of his generation.
He graduated from the Music Grammar School and Bruckner University in Linz and studied the recorder with (among others) Walter van Hauwe und Kees Boeke at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (NL), and also ensemble direction and analysis with the Austrian composer and music pedagogue Balduin Sulzer.
At the age of 26 he was already professor of recorder, chamber music and historically informed performance at the Bruckner University in Linz.
His wide-ranging repertoire stretches from monodic medieval ballads and estampies to the extensive consort literature of the Renaissance, sonatas and concertos from the entire Baroque period, right up to contemporary music.
In 2001 Michael Oman founded the Austrian Baroque Company, a specialist period-instrument band for the music of the 17th and 18th centuries, which he presents regularly in artistic projects ranging from intimate recorder recitals to Baroque ensemble music and recorder concertos.
For more than 15 years he has been performing with Austrian Baroque ensembles and modern chamber orchestras, and acts as the spiritus rector of his Austrian Baroque Company (ABC) as recorder soloist and director in most European countries as well as South America and the Middle East.
Many of his CD recordings have won international prizes. His innovative programming concepts and his impulsive virtuoso playing are highly praised by public and press alike.  
In 2009 he and his Austrian Baroque Company began a collaboration with Sony Music (deutsche harmonia mundi) with two CD recordings: „Exit baroque“ and Handel’s „Nine German Arias“ with the Spanish Soprano Nuria Rial.
Michael Oman’s CD recordings have won many international awards. His recording „Süße Stille, sanfte Quelle“ (with the ABC and Nuria Rial) was awarded the Orphée d’Or of the Académie du Disque Lyrique 2010.
Alongside his pedagogical work in seminars, workshops and Master Classes for recorder and for Early Music he is also actively and intensively engaged with contemporary recorder music. For example he has played world premieres of music by Upper Austrian composers and presented composer portraits of Isang Yun („Chinesische Bilder“), Luciano Berio („Gesti“) und Karlheinz Stockhausen („In Freundschaft“).
He has been the artistic curator of the concert series “Evening Music in the Ursuline Church Linz” since 2007, as well as founding the “Eferding Castle Concerts” in 2009.

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