Michael began classical guitar studies in high school at the Willoughby School of Fine Arts in Northeast Ohio. He studied with Steve Novacek at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where he earned a degree in 1992. He has taken masterclasses from some of the world’s greatest soloists, including Pepe Romero, David Russell, Eduardo Fernandez, and Paul Odette. In 1193 he took first prize at both the Northwest Guitar Festival and Portland Guitar Festival competitions and began teaching private lessons at the Rosewood Guitar Shop in Seattle. In 1995 he took forst prize at the International Guitar Congress Competition in Corfu, Greece. In 2001 Michael was awarded the Northwest Young Artist Award Trou-Prize from the Seattle LMC, a competition open to all classical performers. In addition to solo performances in venues such as Seattle's Benaroya Hall, Michael has Performed with such ensembles as the Seattle Opera, the Seattle Guitar Trio, and the St. Helens String Quartet. He has taught at Cornish and Whitman Colleges and is currently on the faculty at Walla Walla University.