Michael Hasel

Born in Hofheim, near Frankfurt

Member since 1984-09-01

»I think the ultimate goal for every musician who wants to play in an orchestra is to belong to the Berliner Philharmoniker. The artistic quality, the working conditions, the conductors, soloists and colleagues are on a level that cannot be found anywhere else. What I enjoy most of all in my work is the feeling of playing in a giant ‘chamber-music ensemble’. Everyone is listening and reacting to the others. And we have the opportunity of ‘making music’ – in the truest sense of the word – with the best conductors and soloists.«

He already played the piano, organ and harpsichord but also wanted to learn a wind instrument. The choice was between flute and horn. His grandmother, »sponsor« of his musical activities, placed a flute for her grandson under the Christmas tree because she was more familiar with the sound of this instrument. Thus Michael Hasel became a pupil first of Herbert Grimm and Willi Schmidt and later – during his studies at the Freiburg Musikhochschule – of Aurèle Nicolet. His first engagement came in 1982, as principal piccolo in the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. Two years later he became a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Michael Hasel is also principal flute of the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra. In 1988 he and four colleagues founded the Philharmonic Wind Quintet, which has given concerts all over the world and recorded numerous CDs. Moreover Hasel works as teacher and conductor: From 1994 to 1998 he held a professorship for wind ensemble and chamber music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Mannheim and teaches at the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Orchestra Academy. As a conductor he has worked together with the Ensemble Modern, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, the Scharoun Ensemble, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, the Gustav Mahler Orchestra and the Orchestra Simón Bolívar in Europe, South America and Japan. He loves cooking, eating (»sometimes too much«, as he confesses with a smile) and good wine, plays golf, likes to read and goes to the theatre – »unfortunately not enough«.