Twenty-year-old Emerging Artist, Mikaela Sukkar is in the third year of her Bachelor of Music Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music studying Oboe and Cor Anglais with Shefali Pryor (Associate Principal oboist of the SSO). Mikaela began her musical training aged six with the Sydney Children’s Choir and the Festival of Instrumental Music on the recorder, performing in many concerts at the Sydney Opera House. She started learning Oboe at age ten and within a year won the Australasian Double Reed Competition in the 18 and under age category.
Mikaela won a full music scholarship to PLC Sydney for her high school education and represented the school as a solo oboist in Japan in 2014. In 2015, she was invited to America to join the Credo Chamber Program and played with students from Julliard, Oberlin Conservatory, and members of the Chicago Symphony.
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Mikaela first joined the Sydney Youth Orchestra (SYO) in 2013, progressing to Principal Oboe with The SYO Philharmonic orchestra and then on to the advance SYO Flagship orchestra, which toured to Europe in 2017. In 2018 she joined the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) and performed Wagner’s Parsifal with the Victorian Opera at the Palais Theatre. In January 2020, Mikaela played once again as principal oboe for her third time at the AYO National Music and was appointed the Adelaide Symphony Fellow, through the AYO program, for their June project this year. Sadly it was cancelled due to COVID 19.
Mikaela is in much demand on both the oboe and cor anglais and has been invited to play with Ensemble Apex, run by Sam Weller; Orchestra Project based in Melbourne, under the baton of Fabian Russell and in addition, the SCM Symphony Orchestra, SCM Opera Orchestra, and the SCM Wind Symphony which, under the baton of John Lynch, represented Australia at the International Conference of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in Spain.