New York City-based cellist, Michael Bent, has gained popularity for his performances from coast to coast in the United States and overseas. One of his memorable accomplishments was being a First Prize winner of the Classical Music Competition for the Charleston International Music Competition in February 2021. Michael has “accumulated an impressive list of accomplishments” from Deborah Walker of I am Nyack throughout his musical career. With appearances on the Three Angels Broadcasting Network, Queens Public Television, and on stage at Lincoln Center, Michael has engaged a broad spectrum of audiences through his art. In addition to performing, Michael enjoys teaching cello and piano lessons in-person and online. In 2021, he was a Cello Instructor at Peace Music Academy in Khon Kaen, Thailand for the year. Currently, Michael is teaching cello classes at the Waldorf School of Garden City. A student at The School for Strings in Manhattan, Michael is also pursuing his certification in Suzuki Cello with teacher trainers, Pamela Devenport and Alex Croxton. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance at Alliance University in Manhattan, where he studied with Byung Kook-Kwak, Dr. Michael Katz, Sujin Park, and Dr. Marta Bedkowska-Reilly.
Teaches all skill levels
Teaching since 2017
Suzuki Cello Teacher Certification
Teaches ages 4+
Has background check
Michael is a great teacher. Very patient with my progress. He really understands how to work with my skill level to help me accomplish my goals as a musician.
Michael is incredibly patient and professional with my 7-year-old son. Michael was kind enough to come to our home in Long Island when we were visiting NY—my son had been taking online lessons with Michael up to that point from St. Louis. My son loved being with him and Michael did a great job of telling us how he could improve in terms of focus and materials that would be helpful. Michael is a very kind, talented teacher and I would highly recommend him!
Michael is patient, fun and knowledgeable. Whenever I fall short and become critical of myself, he is always able get my spirits up and get me back on track. He introduces new concepts by building upon what you worked on previously, so that you can make progress at a nice, steady pace.