Mikaela Sukkar is 19 years old and plays Oboe and Cor Anglais. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Music Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Mikaela began her musical training with the Sydney Children’s Choir at age 6, where she performed in many concerts at the Sydney Opera House. During the same year, she also began playing the recorder, performing at the Festival of Instrumental Music. She started learning Oboe at age 10.
In 2012, aged 11, She won the Australasian Double Reed Competition in the 18 and under age category. In 2013, 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 began her association with SYO in 2013 when she auditioned for the Peter Seymour Orchestra. In 2016, she progressed to Principal Oboe with The SYO Philharmonic orchestra. During this year she was also the recipient of a Rising Stars scholarship at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and began learning with Associate Principal oboist of the SSO, Shefali Pryor. In 2017, Mikaela moved into the most advanced SYO orchestra, The SYO Flagship, and toured to Europe playing Cor Anglais. Additionally, during that year she was awarded principal oboe, and a scholarship to play in the NSW Youth Orchestra, under the baton of Fabian Russell, as well as completing an Advanced Diploma of Music.
In 2018, Mikaela was accepted into the Bachelor of Music Performance degree, on oboe, at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (SCM), and was ranked as an outstanding candidate by her panel. In January of that year, she played with the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) at their National Music Camp in Adelaide. Throughout that year, Mikaela continued to play as principal oboe of the NSW Youth Orchestra, as well as the SCM Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, and Wind Symphony. She also joined the Ensemble Apex, run by Sam Weller.
In 2019, Mikaela joined AYO at their national music camp for the second time, playing as principal oboe, performing many works including Ravel’s Le Tombeau De Couperin. Additionally, she also played with the AYO Orchestra for their February Season in Melbourne, performing Wagner’s Parcifal with the Victorian Opera at the Palaise Theatre. Progressing through the year, she toured to Spain with the SCM Wind Symphony, where she played Cor Anglais. When she returned, she played principal oboe with the SCM Symphony Orchestra, where they performed Mahler Symphony 1, followed by a program on Cor Anglais.
Additionally, Mikaela joined the Orchestra Project based in Melbourne, under the baton of Fabian Russell, and played as second oboe to her teacher, Shefali Pryor, and concert master Sophie Rowell. She joined this orchestra again in December, playing Cor Anglais. In January 2020, Mikaela once again played as principal oboe for her third time at the AYO National Music. She will also join the AYO orchestra again for their Autumn and Winter programs. She has also been appointed the Adelaide Symphony Fellow, through the AYO program, and will join the orchestra in June this year.