After graduating from the Royal College of Music, Michael Meeks was appointed principal trumpet with the BBC. In 1981 he joined the City of London Sinfonia, a position he held for fourteen years before coming to live in America.
Michael has played with all the major symphony and chamber orchestras in the U.K., the most notable of these being the London Symphony and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields with Sir Neville Marriner. He has played under the baton of many other famous conductors such as Carlos Kleiber, Pierre Boulez, George Solti, Neemi Järvi, Gerard Scharwtz, Simon Rattle and Colin Davis.
During his career in the UK Michael performed for the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Lady Diana, and has played in music festivals around the world including Europe, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, North & South America, Russia and Mexico. He has also recorded on labels such as EMI Abbey Road, Chandos, Philips, Naxos, Virgin records, and has twice recorded the Vivaldi double trumpet concerto.
Michael currently holds the principal trumpet position with the Sacramento Philharmonic Opera and Sacramento Choral Society. He also maintains a thriving trumpet studio.