Primary teachers have included Margaret Batjer, William Preucil, Itzhak Perlman, and Carol Sindell. Michael has participated in numerous summer festivals such as the Perlman Music Program, Meadowmount School of Music, Aspen Music Festival, and the Pacific Music Festival.

He has also made appearances as a soloist with ensembles such as the Portland Chamber Orchestra, Portland Youth Philharmonic, and the CIM Orchestra as a winner of their concerto competition. As a chamber musician he recently won 1 st prize in the 2015 WDAV Young Musicians Chamber Competition as a member of the Onyx Quartet. He has also performed with numerous festivals and groups including the Talis Festival, Siletz Bay Festival, 45th Parallel, and the band Pink Martini.