Praised repeatedly by conductors and composers alike for his elegant playing and singing tone quality, Michael’s audiences are continuously impressed with the wide array of colors that emerge form his soprano saxophone, ranging from the soft whisper of a flute, to the spinning sound of the oboe, and encompassing the remarkable upper register of a soaring violin.
Originally from Phoenix, Michael’s performance career has taken him all over the world. He has been heard in concert halls throughout Germany, Switzerland, Poland, France, Holland, Austria, Italy, the UK, Canada, and the United States. He has also been heard repeatedly on NPR’s Performance Today, the most listened-to classical music radio show in America.
Michael has collaborated, performed with, and premiered works by some of today’s most exciting composers and musicians including; Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Ola Gjeilo, Gregory Wanamaker, Walter Hartley, Enrico Chapela, Alan Theisen, John Leszczynski, Kevin Ames, Bernadette Peters and the Calder String Quartet. During the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons Michael was an on-call saxophonist for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, other orchestral appearances include performances with the Gulf Coast Sinfonia, The Hot Springs Festival Orchestra, The Florida State University Orchestra, the Syracuse University Orchestra, and the Fredonia University Orchestra.
Michael remains extremely active as a chamber musician playing soprano saxophone in the critically acclaimed Mana Quartet and Mana Trio. In 2009 the Mana Quartet became the first saxophone quartet in history to take home the Grand Prize at the International Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition. Mana has been featured in multiple publications such as Chamber Music America, the Saxophone Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. In addition to performing concerts throughout Europe, Canada and the U.S., Mana has been invited to hold residencies at some of America’s most prestigious orchestral festivals including the Hot Springs Music Festival, National Music Festival, and the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.
Michael has served on the faculties of the State University of New York College at Fredonia and the Florida State University. His own saxophone studies have included work with Wildy Zumwalt, Ronald Caravan, Patrick Meighan, Carina Rascher and the Rascher Saxophone Quartet.
Currently Michael resides in Phoenix, AZ where he teaches privately and serves as the Music Department Chair for the Desert Marigold Waldorf School.
Michael is a proud endorser of RooPads by MusicMedic.com. He plays on an historic Buescher saxophone (c.1927) that was built according to the acoustical specifications of the instrument’s inventor, Adolphe Sax.