Not long after coming to the United States as a child from his birthplace of Monaco, Michael discovered the beauty of the cello and has played it since the fourth grade. He studied music theory in London and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a double minor in Philosophy and Art History from the University of Delaware, where he was the DJ for the classical radio program on WVUD 91.3 FM. Michael has performed in many various ensembles, rock groups, and orchestras.
Michael played with the Newark Symphony Orchestra for six years, as well as smaller ensembles which played at weddings and other events. He has played cello or bass guitar professionally in dozens of light operas and plays including “Hair,” “HMS Pinafore,” “A Little Night Music,” and “Little Shop of Horrors.” He has also played cello or bass in rock bands, playing hundreds of shows between Maine and South Carolina. He was permanent or guest musician in the bands Schroeder (alt rock/shoegaze), Petland (alt rock/power pop), The Absurd (goth rock), Parrish Blue (celtic rock), and Zen Guerilla (psychedelic alt groove rock), among others.
I am a dedicated and patient teacher. I believe it is important to get students off on the right foot, not only with the basics of performance, but with the joy of understanding and loving music.
There are so many great resources on the web for learning to play the cello, but nothing can match the direct interaction with a teacher who knows you, cares about your progress, and can correct mistakes before they become bad habits.
If your child is just starting out or is currently playing cello at school and needs a private teacher, or if you are an adult looking for a new endeavor, get in touch with me.
I am currently giving lessons at Accent Music on Kirkwood Highway in Wilmington. You can even rent a cello right there!
Camille Saint-Saëns lived in France a hundred years ago. He wrote a a musical suite called "The Carnival of the Animals." The swan was represented by the cello because they are both so graceful and beautiful. Here's my version of "The Swan!"