Violinist Luosha Fang presented the world premiere of Lăutar, a new work for solo violin commissioned for her by Astral Artists. The performances took place in Philadelphia and at Bard College in early December 2015.

Beyond the Forest received its world premiere performance by flutist Jeffrey Khaner and pianist Charles Abramovic in a concert presented October 19, 2015 by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. The work was commissioned by PCMS in celebration of the organization's 30th Anniversary.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival has commissioned Michael to compose a new work to be premiered at the 2016 festival's Opening Ceremony.

Michael is the recipient of a Pew Fellowship from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, a multidisciplinary grantmaker dedicated to stimulating a vibrant cultural community in the greater Philadelphia region.  Read the press release here.


updated 1/19/16