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 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, Yellow Barn, Music@Menlo, and Verbier. Performance highlights include chamber music concerts with Midori, the premiere of a concerto written by Daniel Silliman with the USC Symphony, and a month-long engagement playing principal cello of La Monnaie in Brussels. Michael is the founder and director of the LA-based Sunset ChamberFest and a founding member of the conductorless orchestra Kaleidoscope and the cello quintet SAKURA. Michael earned his Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Southern California. His previous teachers include Ralph Kirshbaum, Steven Doane, and Alison Wells.