Michael is a composer from Perth Western Australia and has recently commence a Masters of Music at the New England Conservatory, Boston. Michael was awarded the 2016 General Sir John Monash Scholarship and received a merit based entry scholarship to NEC, which in addition to the DJSF grant support his studies in Boston. He studied a bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor of Music Composition with First Class Honours at the University of Western Australia. During his time at UWA, Michael received the JM Wolff, Knight and WA Wagner Society’s Bayreuth music scholarships and was awarded the Bryant Stokes Matilda Award for Cultural Excellence by the University. Before leaving for Boston, Michael was the founder and director of “Music at St George’s College”, an extremely successful chamber music initiative based in Perth.