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Michael Roberts

Principal Percussion

Michael Roberts joined the Oregon Symphony during the 2012/13 Season. He has also performed with the National Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Detroit Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Portland Symphony (ME), New World Symphony, and Hyogo PAC Orchestra.

Michael’s other notable engagements have included fellowships with the Verbier Festival Orchestra, Spoleto Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, Music Academy of the West, and the Tanglewood Music Center, where the Boston Globe hailed him as a “fearlessly accomplished performer.”

A native of Fairfax County, Virginia, Michael began his musical studies on piano at the age of eight, and percussion at age ten. He later moved to Boston, where he earned a B.M. from the New England Conservatory, and his M.M. from Boston University. Michael’s principal teachers were J. William Hudgins and Timothy Genis.

In his free time, Michael enjoys publishing and promoting the piano and chamber works of his grandfather, composer Arnold Mysior. He is also a strong advocate for new music, and enjoys performing with Portland-based ensembles such as 45th Parallel, Third Angle, and fEARnoMUSIC. Since the summer of 2016, Michael and his wife Maureen have settled in their SE Portland home with their Himalayan cat rescue, Hiro.