Cellist Michael Haas is an experienced performer of chamber and orchestral music, frequently appearing in New York City and across the country. In 2008 he joined the Momenta Quartet, a group dedicated to performing new works by living composers. Hailed by Time Out New York as “an outstanding ensemble prone to experimentation and innovation,” Momenta recently won the prestigious commission grant from the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, as well as grants from New York State Council on the Arts and the Copland Foundation. They hold performance residencies at Cornell, Temple, and Yeshiva Universities.
Michael is a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and a regular substitute with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Princeton Symphony. He has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony and as principal cellist of Symphony in C. In recent summers Michael has attended the Yellow Barn Music Festival where he collaborated with Donald Weilerstein, Roger Tapping, Anthony Marwood, and among others. He has also performed at the Taos Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Music from Angelfire, Tanglewood Music Center, and the Thy Chamber Music Festival in Denmark.
Michael holds degrees the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, where he received the Irene Diamond graduate scholarship. His primary teachers have been David Soyer and Peter Wiley of the Guarneri Quartet, Joel Krosnick of the Juilliard Quartet, and Darrett Adkins.