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 euphonium and conducting studies with distinction at the Tilburg and Maastricht conservatory.
Engelbrecht performed among others with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ballet Orchestra, The Hague Philharmonic and the Aachen Symphony Orchestra. He collaborated with conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Ingo Metzmacher, Marc Albrecht and Sir George Benjamin. He also performed as a soloist with orchestras and as a chamber musician.
Engelbrecht was first prize winner at the Budapest International Masterclass & Competition for Orchestral Conducting. 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.
From 2009 till 2021, Engelbrecht was chief conductor of the Klaaswaal Symphonic Wind Orchestra. 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, Altena Brass and the Dutch National Student Orchestra during a concert in Croatia, where the program included the Glazunov Violin Concerto with soloist Esther Yoo and Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony.
Engelbrecht attended conducting masterclasses and lessons with, among others: Jan Cober, Ivan Meylemans, Marien van Staalen, Ilona Meskó and Jukka-Pekka Saraste. Recently he was selected to participate in the 'Blue Danube / Béla Bartók International Opera Conducting Competition' in June 2021 with the State Opera Stara Zagora in Bulgaria.
Michael Engelbrecht is currently chief conductor of Philharmonie Gelre in Arnhem.