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
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.