Michael Engelbrecht began his professional musical career at age 17 as a euphonium player in the 'Royal Dutch Military Band' in The Hague. He also won the prestigious ‘Concours Mondial de Tuba et Euphonium’ in Guebwiller, France while still at a very young age. He completed his studies at the Tilburg and Maastricht conservatory, where he also studied conducting.
Engelbrecht performed among others with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ballet Orchestra, The Hague Philharmonic and the Aachen Symphony Orchestra. He collaborated with some of the best international conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Ingo Metzmacher, Marc Albrecht and Sir George Benjamin. He also performs as a soloist with orchestras and as a chamber musician.
Engelbrecht was first prize winner at the Budapest International Masterclass & Competition for Orchestral Conducting led by Ilona Meskó. He conducted the MÁV Budapest Symphony Orchestra with works of Kodály, Verdi, Liszt and Tchaikovsky. The orchestra members acted as the judging panel and elected the winner themselves.
Engelbrecht is currently chief conductor of Philharmonie Gelre Arnhem. Before that he was chief conductor of some of the best amateur orchestras in the Netherlands.
He is also regularly invited to appear as a guest conductor. It was in this capacity that he conducted amongst others the Eindhoven Symphony Orchestra, the professional Neos Brass ensemble Amsterdam and the Dutch National Student Orchestra (where he also assisted maestro Ivan Meylemans) during a concert in Croatia, where the program included the première of Waarom niet? (Why not?) by Dutch composer Mayke Nas, the Glazunov Violin Concerto with soloist Esther Yoo and Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony.