Michael Kaufman — Cello
An exciting cellist in the early stages of his career, Michael Kaufman was the soloist for the opening of the renovated Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater and has already performed at prestigious venues such as Zankel and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall.
Concerto performances include works by Tchaikovsky, Haydn, and Gulda and chamber music engagements have taken him across the States and Western Europe.
Michael has participated in several important chamber music festivals including Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove, Music@Menlo, and Verbier. Recent highlights include chamber music concerts with Midori, the premiere of a concerto written by Daniel Silliman with the USC Symphony, a month-long engagement playing principal cello of La Monnaie in Brussels, and his trio, the Mühlfeld Trio, being selected as winners at the Beverly Hills Auditions.
Last summer he founded and directed the Sunset ChamberFest, a chamber music festival in Los Angeles with an emphasis on contemporary music. This year, he was a founding member of the new conductor-less Los Angeles-based chamber orchestra, Kaleidoscope.
Michael’s previous teachers include Ralph Kirshbaum, Steven Doane, and Alison Wells. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree with distinction and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and a Master’s Degree and Doctorate from the University of Southern California. Learn more about Mr. Kaufman here.