Ben Michaels is an accomplished cellist and passionate musician based in Winchester. He maintains a busy music schedule while continuing his studies with Professor Felix Schmidt alongside a career in management consulting.
He graduated from the University of Cambridge with a master’s degree in Biochemistry in 2016. Having previously co-led the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, he became principal cellist of Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra, continuing his orchestral experience.
Throughout his studies, he regularly performed as a soloist, including with the choir of Kings College and performing Brahms Double Concerto with his twin brother. Ben is also a keen chamber musician; having been brought up playing quartets with family and friends, he continued this passion at Cambridge where he became a scholar of the University chamber music scheme.
Ben takes a keen interest in contemporary music. He worked with Nico Muhly to record and perform the world premiere of his work for solo cello and chorus, coordinated the commission and world premiere of a trombone concerto by Giles Swayne as President of Clare College Music Society, and was chosen to participate as a cellist in composition workshops lead by Judith Weir, Julian Anderson and Anna Meredith.