Master of Music – Rice University
Bachelor of Music – Oberlin College Conservatory of Music
Michael Matushek joined the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra as Second Bassoonist in 2012. He has served for two summers as second bassoonist of La Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería in Mexico City, and was acting principal bassoonist of the LPO during the 2015 – 2016 season. Michael has performed as a guest bassoonist and contrabassoonist with the Houston Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, New World Symphony, and CityMusic Cleveland.
A passionate educator, Michael is the bassoon instructor at Xavier University of Louisiana. For the 2012 – 2013 school year he served as bassoon instructor at Tulane University. He spent two summers as a teaching assistant at Interlochen Arts Camp, where he coached chamber music and taught reedmaking. While studying at Rice University, his woodwind quintet performed outreach concerts for hundreds of elementary schoolers, helping them learn about concepts like teamwork and compromise through the lens of chamber music. Michael maintains a small private teaching studio, and has been proud to see his former pupils go on to perform on NPR’s From the Top, play in All-State bands and orchestras, and gain admission to top-notch music schools such as Colburn, Rice, Oberlin, and the University of Texas.
In addition to his orchestral experience, Michael is a versatile performer with a keen interest in the cutting edges of classical music, both old and new. In 2008 he performed Sofia Gubaidulina’s Concerto for Bassoon and Low Strings, a thornily expressive work written in 1975 for solo bassoon, four celli, and three basses. He is also a member of the Shepherd Crumhorn Collective, a Renaissance double reed ensemble in which he plays crumhorn, shawm, and recorder.
Originally from Dallas, Texas, Michael holds a Master of Music from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and a Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, where he studied under Ben Kamins and George Sakakeeny, respectively. In 2012, he was chosen to represent the Shepherd School at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. under the auspices of The Conservatory Project. His festival engagements have included Spoleto USA, Music Academy of the West, and the National Repertory Orchestra.
Michael lives in Bucktown with his cat, Henry Purrcell. Together they enjoy local seafood, listening to NPR, watching the Saints, and naps.