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MICHELE GREGO joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as second bassoon in March 1996. She is a native of Minneapolis, where she began playing the bassoon at the age of 15. She studied with John Miller at the University of Minnesota, and received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern California, where she was a student of Norman Herzberg. Grego went on to earn her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School; she also attended the Music Academy of the West and studied with David Breidenthal. She performed with the Colorado Philharmonic Orchestra in the orchestra and as soloist, and was a winner of the prestigious Coleman Award from the Coleman Chamber Music Society.
Prior to her Philharmonic appointment, Grego held the position of principal bassoon with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, was a member of the Los Angeles Music Center Opera Orchestra and the Long Beach Symphony, and appeared as a guest artist at the La Jolla Chamber Music Festival.
Since joining the orchestra, she has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s New Music Group and Chamber Music Society. In October 1997, Grego was a featured soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante in E-flat, K. 297B, with Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting. In January 2005 she performed the North American premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s woodwind quintet Memoria. Grego is currently on faculty at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at Cal State University Long Beach and has an appointment with the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at the Longy School of Music at Bard College.