Michelle Perry enjoys an international reputation as a versatile musician who is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. She was the horn soloist of the internationally acclaimed Empire Brass Quintet for six years, touring throughout Asia, Europe, Australasia, Scandinavia, North America, and South America.
Michelle has held principal horn positions with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra in the Sydney Opera House, the New World Symphony, and the Malaysian Philharmonic, as well as guest principal horn positions with the Boston Pops and the Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester. Her many other orchestral engagements include regular appearances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Staatskapelle Berlin, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, Komische Oper Berlin, Milwaukee Symphony, and the Honolulu Symphony, among others. Michelle Perry has toured Greece with the new music ensemble Alea III and performed with the Ensemble Intercontemporain with Pierre Boulez in Carnegie Hall.
A J. William Fulbright scholar, Michelle has performed as a guest artist and soloist at the Tanglewood Music Festival, St. Barths Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Sunflower Music Festival, and Sydney-Hamden Music Festival as well as at several international horn workshops and brass festivals. She has presented numerous solo recitals around the world.
Highlights of Michelle’s solo engagements have included performances with the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, recorded live and broadcast by National Public Radio, solo performances at the 9th International Music Festival in Tbilisi, Georgia, and solo appearances as the featured guest horn artist at the Melbourne International Festival of Brass in Australia, where she gave the Australian premiere of the Oliver Knussen Concerto for Horn and Orchestra with the New Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Michelle has been a featured guest artist on "Good Morning America", "St. Paul Sunday" radio, and National Public Radio's "Performance Today".
Michelle’s principal teachers included Frøydis Ree Wekre, Thomas Bacon, and Bruce Heim. Enthusiastic about music from a broad range of genres both inside and outside the concert hall, she has been involved in several group commissions and world premieres of new works.
Michelle serves actively as a clinician, presents masterclasses internationally, and has taken part in various artist-in-residence programs in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.
Michelle can be heard on several albums with Telarc, Chandos, Summit Records, BMG, and RCA Victor. She is currently based in Berlin.