Michal Oren is an award winning conductor and a clarinettist from Tel-Aviv, Israel. Michal's work combines classical music with visual arts exhibits and presents a new approach in the 21st century's cultural creation.
Michal was awarded distinction for her Bachelor of Music in orchestral conducting from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at the Tel Aviv University, Israel. She is currently pursuing a Master of Performance in orchestral conducting at the Royal College of Music in London. As a Victor and Lilian Hochhauser Scholar with a full scholarship, she is studying under the conductors Toby Purser, Peter Stark, and Howard Williams. Among Michal's teachers are the conductors Yi-An Xu, Doron Salomon, Dr Dale Lonis, and the IPO principal clarinettist Yevgeny Yehudin.
In September 2023, Michal won the 1st prize in the 4th International Academy and Competition of Orchestra Conducting in Portugal, and will return as guest conductor to the Cascais & Oeiras Chamber Orchestra in the next season. Recently, in December 2023, she won the 2nd prize of the 3rd International Orchestral Conducting Competition “Universidad de Almeria”, Spain. Previously, Michal won the 1st prize in the conducting competition of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra in Israel. She is also the current Residence Music Scholar of the Robert Anderson Trust, and since 2015, a scholar of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. For the 2024/2025 season, Michal will join the Women Conductors' programme of the Royal Philharmonic Society together with the Royal Northern Sinfonia.
As part of her modern approach, Michal initiated a museum chamber orchestra together with the Petah Tikva Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel. The orchestra performs a repertoire that offers a musical interpretation (musical curation) of visual arts exhibits. Since its establishment, the orchestra performed a series of concerts that correspond to various exhibitions across Israel, supported by numerous private and public donors.
Michal enjoyed numerous guest conducting appearances with orchestras in Israel, the UK, and other parts of Europe. In addition, Michal was the conductor and musical director of the Israeli Flutes Ensemble for two seasons (2020-2022). During her time as musical director, Michal established together with the Israel Music Institute a new Israeli composition competition for the Flutes Ensemble.