Michael Hope joined the bassoon section of Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in 1982, and is one of Calgary’s most respected artists through his musicianship and his dedication to the musical life of our community. In addition to playing the bassoon, he has a second career as a professional singer. He first gained international recognition as the winner of The Calgary Kiwanis Music Festival Rose bowl in 1984, and 1st prize winner in the 1988 CMC International Stepping Stones Competition. Since then he has appeared as a soloist with virtually every Canadian orchestra plus symphonies in the United States. A native of Toronto, Michael is a graduate of the prestigious Curtis Institute Of Music in Philadelphia.