Scarsdale, New York,
who attended the Hoff-Barthelson
and Conservatory and the University
of Massachusetts. His teachers included Frances Magnes, Marilyn McDonald and Charles Treger.
May 1988, he helped out Bruce Berg in his senior recital at Oberlin on
Laszlo Dubrovay’s “Sei Duo”.
He and pianist
Shauen Tirrell teamed
up on 29th January 1992 at Grace Episcopal Church in White Plains for an
afternoon of music that comprised Ernest Chausson’s
“Poeme”, Claude Debussy’s “Sonata”
and the piano-violin section of Olivier Messiaen’s
“Quartet for the End of Time”.
In the mid-to-late
1990s, he was in the orchestra pit for productions of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Once Upon a Mattress and The Scarlet Pimpernel.
He fiddled for
the New York City Ballet in 2005 and 2006 in productions of Peter Martins’
“Octet” (with music by Felix Mendelssohn) and Jorma Elo’s “Slice
to Sharp” (with music by Heinrich Ignaz
Franz von Biber & Antonio Vivaldi).
2009, he and fellow violinist Deborah Buck, violist David Gold, cellist
Sarah Hewitt-Roth, horn player Thomas Jostlein,
clarinetist Andrew Lamy, bassist Jonathan Storck and bassoonist Robert Wagner descended on the
Woman’s Club where they interpreted Franz Schubert’s “Octet
for Wind and Strings”.
He and violist
Cyrus Beroukhim, cellists Greg Hefferman and Peter Sanders and violinist Roy Lewis
participated in the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival at the Three
Stallion Inn on 28th March 2010, when they played another
Schubert piece, “Quintet in C major, Op. 163, D.
In May 2010,
he and Marilyn McDonald were the featured soloists of the Oberlin
Conservatory Ensemble in performances of “Concerto for Two Violins
and Strings” by Sir Malcolm Arnold.
with whom he has performed include the American Ballet Theatre, the
American Composers Orchestra, the EOS Orchestra, the Mostly Mozart Festival
Orchestra, the New York Chamber Soloists, the New York Chamber Symphony, the
New York Pops, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonia
Virtuosi, the Sherman Chamber Ensemble, the Vermont Mozart Festival
Orchestra, and the Willow Ensemble.
Ensemble appeared at Grace Church Chantry on 10th June 2011,
when they performed Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cantata BWV 82 (Ich habe genug) and “Suite
in G minor, BWV 808” (“Englische”)
and Franz Schubert’s “Die Forelle”
and “Piano Quintet in A major” (“The Trout”).
September 2011, the Sherman Chamber Ensemble, featuring Michael with
cellist Eliot T. Bailen and pianist Margaret Kampmeier,
played Bedrich Smetana’s “Piano Trio”
in the Dr. S. Stevan Dweck
Center at the Brooklyn Library.
They were at Christ Church in Pawling on 7th January
2012 for “The Best of Baroque” concert series, which featured “Brandenburg
Concerto No. 5” by J.S. Bach, “Christmas Concerto” by
Corelli, “Piccolo Concerto” by Vivaldi and “Trio Sonata”
by George Frideric Handel.
April 2012, they offered up wall-to-wall Mendelssohn at the Jewish
Community Center in Sherman. The program comprised the master’s
“Piano Trio in D minor”, “Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 14”,
“Sonata in D major” and “Songs without Words”.
to the JCC on 30th April 2012 for a recital of “Flute
Quartet in A major” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, “Perhaps a
Butterfly” by Bailen and “Serenade”
by Ernst von Dohnanyi.
which Michael appears include Evanescence,
Golden Days by Jerry Hadley, Halcyon Days by Bruce Hornsby and Michael Jackson: The Remix Suite.
He can also be
heard on the soundtracks of Across
the Universe, The Alamo, The Brave One, Doubt, The Last Mimzy, The
Manchurian Candidate and True