Michael Unterman enjoys a busy performing career on both modern and baroque cello. On baroque he currently serves as principal cellist of Boston Baroque and performs with the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, the Handel & Haydn Society, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Trinity Wall Street, and New York Baroque Inc. Special performances have included appearances in recital at the Vancouver Bach Festival, and as principal cello with Les Arts Florissants, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, and at the Britten-Pears Institute in England. He was also a member, from 2014-2017, of the Portland Baroque Orchestra, twice appearing as concerto soloist. In 2014 Michael earned a Master’s degree in Historical Performance from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Phoebe Carrai and performed with Juilliard415 under the direction of artists such as William Christie, Richard Egarr, Monica Huggett, Robert Mealy, Jordi Savall, and Masaaki Suzuki.
On modern cello, Michael’s primary work has been with the Boston-based chamber orchestra A Far Cry which he joined in 2010. With the ensemble, he has toured the United States, Canada, and Austria, collaborated with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Anthony Marwood, and Leon Fleisher. He has also recorded three albums with the group, playing solo cello on the orchestra’s recordings of Schoenberg’s Verklaerte Nacht and Christopher Tignor’s Thunder Lay Down in the Heart. He has been praised in reviews for his “particularly lovely solo playing” and “nuanced, sensitive, and wholly gorgeous collaborations” (Boston Musical Intelligencer).
Michael has performed at the Tanglewood, Kneisel Hall, Banff, and Birdfoot music festivals, and played under the batons of Simon Rattle, James Levine, Bernard Haitink and Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos. Recent special performances have included a performance of the Mendelssohn Octet with the Aeolus Quartet on a “What Makes it Great?” concert with Robert Kapilow in Merkin Hall (NYC), and a concert produced at ICA Boston entitled “The Long Count,” curated by artist Matthew Ritchie and featuring indie/crossover artists Aaron and Bryce Dessner, Kelley Deal, Shara Nova, and Evan Ziporyn.