Michael Hasel has been a member of the Berlin Philharmonic for over 30 years. A versatile musician, he is known and loved as both flautist and conductor.
Born into a musical family, he began playing the piano at the age of five. At the age of fourteen he took his first flute lesson and later studied with Aurèle Nicolet at the Freiburg University of Music, where he also studied piano with Grigory Gruzman and conducting with Francis Travis. Private lessons with conductor Michael Gielen followed, along with numerous masterclasses.
During his early years as principal piccolo of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (1982-1984), Michael Hasel conducted the Frankfurt Volkshochschule Symphony Orchestra and the German-French Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Following his move to the Berlin Philharmonic in 1984 he became a founding member of the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet (1988) with whom he has performed worldwide and made numerous recordings for CD and television.
He was principal flute of the Bayreuth…