Michael Mermagen (Instrumental Mentor) made his debut at the age of sixteen with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra after being the recipient of its Young Soloist's Award. Michael began his studies at the Peabody Preparatory in cello where he studied with Paula Skolnick-Childress and Mihaly Virizlay. Principal teachers in college were Stephen Kates at the Peabody Conservatory, and Zara Nelsova at the Juilliard School. As the Juilliard School's concerto competition winner, he performed with the Juilliard Orchestra under Otto-Werner Mueller in Alice Tully Hall.

Was soloist with the National Orchestra of New York, where he held the prestigious Emanuel Feuermann principal cello chair. Performed in the Violoncello Society of New York Master Classes lead by Yo-Yo Ma, Janos Starker, and Bernard Greenhouse. Tours regularly with The Aspen Ensemble. Also toured with the American Chamber Players from 1997 to 2003 and from 1987 to 1995 with the Arista Piano Trio, (named Chamber Music America's Artists to Watch). Faculty member at the Aspen Music Festival and School and has held the position of principal cellist of the Aspen Chamber Symphony for the past 18 seasons. Performed chamber music in Aspen with such artists as Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, Lynn Harrell, Robert McDuffie, Susanne Mentzer, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and The Tak√°cs Quartet; collaborated with distinguished conductors, Comissiona, Conlon, Levine, Maazel, Marriner, McGegan, Robertson, Skrowaczewski, Zinman and has given numerous recitals and masterclasses across North America, Europe and Asia. Performed as a substitute cellist in the New York Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, Orchestra of the Saint Lukes, 92nd Street Y Orchestra, Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York, American Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and Long Island Philharmonic. Michael performs on a Nicolo Gagliano cello, Naples, 1774.

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