Michael was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and grew up in a very musical family. He began studying violin and singing, understanding at an early age the value of music as a developmental tool, an art form, and a vehicle to uplift and heal people. Classically trained, Michael has had a dynamic career as a performer, composer, producer and teacher, exploring many different genres of music.
In 2011 Michael joined the New Village School as the orchestra director and by late 2012 he launched the New Village School music program, an after school program, with the simple concept of bringing excellent teachers in a variety of instruments to the school. The New Village Music program has resulted in robust participation in music lessons across the whole school, becoming integral to the cultural fabric of TNVS.
Before moving to Marin, Michael lived in Brooklyn and was on the string faculty at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and the Connecticut School of Music. While in New York, Michael also directed an international non-profit, Musicians for World Harmony. He worked directly with the Leadership and Capacity Development Team at the United Nations, developing and seeking funding for music healing projects in various African countries.
As a commercial composer, Michael produced and composed music for various
music production studios in NY, Toronto, Los Angeles, and South Africa. But before getting so serious, Michael spent more than a decade touring and recording with his bands, Sons of Trout and Mikanic. Rewiring a bit after years of classical violin and vocal technique, Michael piled in and out of tour buses, together with his groundbreaking bands, broadcasting the 90s Cape Town sound and spirit in South Africa and abroad. They were signed to Gallo Records (Warner Music), and released several albums to popular success.
Currently Mike plays fiddle with two great local Marin bands: El Cajon, and Josh
McIntosh. Mike enjoys living on the warmer side of Marin with his wife Nicole and their two children, Siena and Dashiel. He is now also a proud NVS parent!