Michael joined the trumpet section of the Boston Symphony and the Boston Pops at age 24 in July, 2010. Michael was educated at Northwestern University where he received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in trumpet performance studying with Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer. Michael has performed with orchestras across the country and around the world including the Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, and Chicago Symphonies, the Seoul and Malaysian Philharmonics and with the Tanglewood Music Center, Pacific Music Festival and Grand Tetons Music Festival orchestras. From 2006 to 2009, Michael was a regular member with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony. A champion of new music, Michael has also performed with acclaimed contemporary music groups Eighth Blackbird and the Pacifica Quartet and has also performed with members of the Chicago Symphony as part of their “MusicNow” series at the Harris Theatre.
In addition to being the first brass player in 25 years to win the Northwestern University Concerto Competition, in 2006 Michael was also the winner of the National Trumpet Competition in Washington, D.C. and was subsequently invited to perform at the Kennedy Center representing Northwestern University as part of “The Conservatory Project”, an initiative aimed at highlighting the nation’s most promising up-and-coming performers.
An award-winning composer, Michael studied composition at Northwestern University and arranging and orchestration at the University of Chicago with renowned conductor and orchestrator Cliff Colnot. Michael has been commissioned by members of the Atlanta, Boston and Chicago Symphonies and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Michael is also an active composer and arranger of orchestral and wind music and is currently the writer/arranger for several BOA and non-BOA competitive marching bands around the country.
Michael has been a finalist for positions in the Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, and San Francisco symphonies as well as the Cleveland Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Michael is currently on faculty at Boston University and the New England Conservatory.