Michael Sundell was appointed to the contrabassoon position with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal in 2011. He attended the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied with William Winstead, and Rice University as a student of Benjamin Kamins. He also cites Norman Herzberg, Dennis Michel, and Stephen Basson as significant influences. Prior to coming to Montreal, Mr. Sundell was a member of the Colorado Symphony and has also held positions with the Milwaukee Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, and Virginia Symphony. He enjoyed an extensive career as a freelance musician working with many orchestras throughout the U.S. including the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony, and the Kennedy Center Opera.
A dedicated teacher as well as performer, Michael is on the faculty of the Conservatoire de Musique in Montreal. He is also a professionally certified life coach and the creator of Musicians in Transitions, where he works with musicians and other creative artists to identify and dissolve their hidden blocks to create greater success in all areas of their life.