Michael Oesterle was born in Ulm, Germany. He immigrated to Canada in 1982, and has lived in Montreal since 1996. He studied music at the University of British Columbia and Princeton University.
Oesterle’s works have been performed and commissioned by ensembles and soloists including Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt), the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM), the Ives Ensemble (Amsterdam), the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain Paris, the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, les Percussions de Strasbourg, and the Montréal Symphony Orchestra.
He has produced projects in collaboration with painters, video/installation artists, dancers and choreographers, as well as composed soundtrack for films. In 1997 he founded the Montréal-based Ensemble KORE with pianist Marc Couroux, and between 2001 and 2004 he was composer-in-residence with l'Orchestre Metropolitain du Grand Montréal.
He currently lives in Deux Montagnes, Québec.