Michael Jones studied at Chetham’s school of Music, Manchester. He was an ABRSM gold medallist and was subsequently awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, London. He also spent a year studying at the National Centre for Orchestra Studies and was a member of the European Community Youth Orchestra.
At the age of 22 Michael was invited to become Section Principal Bassoon with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, a position which he still holds. For many years he was also Principal Bassoon with the New Irish Chamber Orchestra.
Michael has also worked with a number of other orchestras including the Halle, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Northern Sinfonietta, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Ireland and the Ulster Orchestra.
Michael enjoys playing chamber music and was a member of the prize winning Ulysses Ensemble. As a soloist Michael has played concertos on a number of occasions with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, most notably performing the Mozart Bassoon Concerto with the conductor Sir Charles Groves and the Weber Bassoon Concerto with Gerhard Markson. He has also appeared as soloist with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the Saint Cecelia Orchestra. Michael has always enjoyed teaching and is proud of his long association with the Royal Irish Academy of Music which has produced a number successful professional and keen amateur bassoon players.