Michael Strauss, violist, is on the faculty of the Doylestown Community Conservatory and maintains private teaching studios in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, and Chestertown, Maryland. For the last six summers, he has taught chamber music and ear training at the renowned Philadelphia International Music Festival.
Mr. Strauss has performed professionally as an orchestral and chamber musician throughout the Northeastern and Midwestern United States, Israel, and Mexico. From 1999 until his 2009 move to Philadelphia, he was Principal Violist and Director of Education and Outreach for the Mid-Atlantic Symphony, director of the Washington College String Orchestra, the Kent School Strings, and “Classical Advantage,” a musical day camp, and founded the Mariner String Quartet.
He received a BA from Yale, majoring in English Literature, then, from the New England Conservatory, a Master’s Degree with Distinction in Performance. His most influential teachers were Eugene Lehner, George Neikrug, Benjamin Zander, and Karen Tuttle.