Michael first played with A Far Cry as a sub in its very first show, joining the group as a full member in 2010. Since then, he has been praised in the press for his “soulful and sultry solos” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) and for his concert curating, saying “this is the way good programming should proceed” (Arts Fuse), “just the kind of imaginative artistic agenda that more groups should be prodded to try” (Boston Globe). Michael also works for the group as music librarian, grant writer, and curator of the AFC blog.
A Fulbright scholar to Barcelona in 2008, Michael enjoys a rich and varied performing career outside AFC. He performs frequently with the Boston contemporary ensemble Callithumpian Consort, working with composers such as Tristan Murail, Frederick Rzewski, Christian Wolff, and Jonathan Harvey, performing and coaching on several occasions at the group's summer festival SICPP (affectionately known as Sick Puppy, the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice). He is also a frequent and enthusiastic participant in the Birdfoot Festival in New Orleans and the St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar at Stanford. Recent special performances include an appearance on "What Makes it Great?" with Robert Kapilow, playing the Mendelssohn Octet with the Aeolus Quartet in Merkin Hall, and a performance of The Long Count, designed and curated by artist Stanley Ritchie at the ICA in Boston, featuring Evan Ziporyn and musicians from indie bands The National, My Brightest Diamond, and The Breeders.
Michael also leads a not-so-secret life as a practitioner of historical performance (he is occasionally known within AFC as the “Ba’rock Master,” referring to his master’s degree in the field earned at the Juilliard School). He is currently a member of the Portland Baroque Orchestra in Oregon and has appeared as principal cellist with Les Arts Florissants in France and Pacific Baroque Orchestra in Vancouver. He has also performed as concerto soloist with the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra and as principal cello with Juilliard 415 in concerts led by William Christie, Richard Egarr, Monica Huggett, Julian Wachner, and Masaaki Suzuki. Special appearances include a Britten-Pears Institute production of Monteverdi’s Poppea with Richard Egarr, a benefit concert for Les Arts Florissants with William Christie and Philippe Jaroussky, and a performance on Trinity Wall Street’s Twelfth Night Festival with a pick up group called The Bishop’s Band playing baroque music from Peru and Bolivia, led by the late wonderful Tom Zajac.
Michael holds a Master’s Degree in Historical Performance from The Juilliard School where he studied with Phoebe Carrai, and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the New England Conservatory where he studied with Lawrence Lesser and Natasha Brofsky. He also worked privately with Lluis Claret in Barcelona during his Fulbright year, and began his cello studies as a wee lil’ squirt with Judy Fraser at the Vancouver Academy of Music, who taught him up through high school.