Michael Engelbrecht (b. Heerlen, 1979) began his musical career at age 17 as a euphonium player in the 'Royal Military Band' in The Hague. He also won the prestigious Concours Mondial de Tuba et Euphonium held in Guebwiller, France while still at a young age. He completed his studies at the Tilburg conservatory, where he also studied conducting.
Michael performed with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Balletorkest, The Hague Philharmonic, the Gelders Orkest, the Brabant Orchestra, the Aachen Symphony Orchestra, the Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy, the Amsterdam Wind Orchestra and the Royal Dutch Air Force Band. He also performes as a soloist with orchestras and as a chamber musician.
In 2013 Michael took part in the Third International Masterclass & Competition for Orchestral Conducting in Budapest, where he emerged as the clear winner. Michael conducted the professional MÁV Symphony Orchestra with works by Kodály, Verdi, Liszt and Tchaikovsky. The orchestra also acted as the judging panel, and elected the winner themselves.
Michael is currently the principal conductor of two orchestras: Philharmonie Gelre Arnhem and the Klaaswaal Symphonic Wind Orchestra. He is also regularly invited to appear as a guest conductor. It was in this capacity that he conducted for example the Eindhoven Symphony Orchestra, the professional Neos Brass ensemble during the annual Canal Festival (Grachtenfestival) in Amsterdam and the Dutch National Student Orchestra in Croatia, where the programme included the première of Waarom niet? (Why not?) by Dutch composer Mayke Nas, the Glazunov violin concerto with soloist Esther Yoo, and Symphony No. 1 by Gustav Mahler.