Michelle Hwu is actively involved in the performance and business of music. She has made appearances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Esprit Orchestra and the Royal Conservatory Orchestra. She is currently the section leader of Toronto’s Sneak Peek Orchestra and a member of the Thin Edge New Music Collective. 

Michelle has played in many festivals in Toronto including the Fringe Festival, Luminato Festival, and Body Percussion Festival. She has been a part of Canada’s celebrated National Youth Orchestra’s percussion section in 2008 and 2009, touring across Canada and the United States while premiering new Canadian works. In March of 2011, Michelle was selected as a winner of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra and performed in the Sydney Opera House under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.

As an impassioned performer, Michelle has been a part of playing and recording with groups of varying musical styles. She has performed as a part of Soundstreams Canada’s Salon 21 series at the Gardiner Museum as well as with the Toronto Summer Music Festival under Agnes Grossmann. She can also be found on Naxos recordings with Toronto’s Aradia Ensemble, the Toronto Wind Orchestra, Soundstreams Canada’s Cool Drummings festival’s recordings by CBC Radio 2, as well as the National Youth Orchestra’s radio broadcasts by CBC Radio Canada. Ms. Hwu won the University of Toronto's concerto competition of 2007 where she performed David Gillingham's Concertino for Four Percussion.

Michelle has had the opportunity to work with many celebrated artists while also educating today's youth. She has had the chance to work with Brian Jones of the Detroit Symphony and has performed on stage with Evelyn Glennie and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Michelle was a member of Sonance Percussion, a percussion quartet which performed and provided educational workshops in various public schools to students. Michelle has taught private lessons throughout Toronto, and co-established Toronto's Boomwhacker Orchestra. The Boomwhacker Orchestra performs and educates the youth in diverse settings, including Roy Thomson Hall.

Michelle Hwu studied with John Rudolph, Beverley Johnston, and Russell Hartenberger at the University of Toronto where she has completed her Bachelor of Music Performance in Percussion. She has also studied African Drumming, Afro-Cuban Samba, Steel Pan, and Venezuelan Joropo Maracas with Kwasi Dunyo, Mark Duggan, Joe Cullen and Alan Hetherington. 

Michelle has worked in various festivals, ensembles and concert venues including: 

•  Fringe Festival
•  Luminato Festival
•  Body Percussion Festival
•  Open Ears Festival 
•  Toronto Summer Music Festival
•  Michael Stadtlander / Eigensinn Farm Wild Leek Festival
•  Windmill Theatre Summer Festival
•  Art Gallery of Ontario / First Thursdays
•  Soundstreams / Salon 21
•  Li Delun Music Foundation
•  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
•  YouTube Symphony Orchestra / Sydney Opera House
•  Esprit Orchestra
•  Royal Conservatory Orchestra
•  Sneak Peek Orchestra
•  Mississauga Symphony Orchestra
•  Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra
•  Scarborough Bluffs Symphony Orchestra
•  Aradia Ensemble 
•  Intrada Brass       
•  Masterworks of Oakville
•  Symphony on the Bay
•  Musica Reflecta
•  Thin Edge New Music Collective
•  Screen Composers Guild of Canada
•  Michael Schmidt / Symphony in the Barn
•  Torontiade
•  Gallery 345
•  Tranzac
•  Array Space

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