Mikhail helps his students and friends achieve their musical goals within a broad scope of styles, instruments, and genres. He has done so for many years for thousands of individuals through highly established commercial institutions and via private instruction. He is qualified to do so based on his level of expertise determined by his academic degree, and his real world experience verified by his membership with music groups, concerts, gigs, audio/video recordings, and music awards such as his 2014 Best Americana album award at the SDMA music awards in violin and cello.
Furthermore, although he has the training in traditional classical, he has crossed over to many other styles such as latin, jazz, rock, pop, fiddle, gypsy, Irish, Folk, and many many more with great success.
Mikhail allows the student to pick the direction, and specific tunes they wish to learn. If its an unknown style usually it can be ear-balled and explained. Something he is able to do from a wide range of playing experience. He may also suggest to go through at least 7 of the Suzuki method books for his beginning students. However, he does realize that reading orchestral music and formal classical training is not for everybody and does offer several different alternative approaches.
Mikhail won an SDMA Music Award in "Best Americana Album" for his strings recording contributions to the album "Buried" by Midnight Pine in 2014.
Mikhail carries some of the musical knowledge of Ludwig V. Beethoven who was a teacher of a teacher of Fritz Kreisler the great violinist/composer, who was a teacher of a teacher of one of Mikhail's teachers.
If you are looking for a place to flourish musically, where you won't be judged for your ever-changing musical decisions then Mikhail is the guide for you. Mikhail may bring up a story which goes like so; Stravinsky, Bartok, Gershwin, and Piazzolla flourished under the guidance of Nadia Boulanger, and they did so by nurturing the inner musical self, and making it bloom into its own unique and original artist. Music is a very personal journey, and no two musicians are ever the same.
Mikhail also specializes in Electric VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO, PIANO, & FIDDLE.
Some famous examples of his students include Annelle Gregory in the style of classical. Vasi Hunton in the styles of Rock, Pop, Jazz, along with many others in various other styles even fiddle.
Albums Mikhail has played on to take note of:
Last year (2014) Mikhail Recorded violin and cello on an album which won a San Diego Music Award voted best "Americana Album" with a group called Midnight Pine.
"Lion and the Lady" with Trent Hancock released March 2015
"Buried" with Midnight Pine winning best Americana album of 2014 in the SDMA music awards (Violin +Cello)
"Past Forward" with Blaise Christopher Guld also nominated for SDMA award (Violin+Cello)
2 Live Albums from the AUM Dome with Krista Richards (Electric Violin).
Online digital recordings with i-earth music, a corporate world music band.
Some of the groups Mikhail has worked with include:
Sene Africa (world music) (Violin)
I-earth Music (corporate world music) (multi-instrumental)
Trent Hancock (Americana)(violin and cello)
Midnight Pine (Americana)(violin and cello)
Cafe Moliendo (Cumbia/Salsa/Latin Jazz)(piano, violin, accordion)
The Downs Family (Irish Rock)(Irish Accordion)
Busno (Romanian Gypsy band)(Romanian Gypsy violin)
Trio Gadjo (French Gypsy Jazz)(Violin)
Orchestra Mustachio (Electro Gypsy)(Electric Violin)
Zirk Ubu circus (the circus)(multi-instrumental)
EDM(Dubstep violin) at Downtown Mardi Gras
Lou Fanucci (Italian/Tango)(Violin)
UCSD (modern classical) (violin)
As well as many other local and global living and passed legends of jazz
Mikhail opened for the Eagles with his corporate band, "I-earth" during a private corporate event in Los Angeles, and many other Corporate events such as the grand opening of the Downtown San Diego Hilton Hotel with the Hilton Family. IBM 3000 people at the Natural History Museum. NAMM show executive party at the San Diego Zoo, and many more...
As a professional gigging musician in the world of performing and recording he has also done many hired gun gigs in the styles of Latin, Latin Jazz, Classical, Jazz, Gypsy, Electronic, Rock, Americana, and Pop. Been on KUSI numerous times, and has won the latest 2014 SDMA music awards.
He was taught Violin at first by his Russian Gypsy Uncle, then went on to several other highly qualified mentors throughout his life.
Mikhail is directly family-related to the great jazz pianist, Leonid Chizhik, and other artists such as Alina Dronova and his uncle who directs the Munich Radio Symphony. These are some of the examples of his deeply rooted and priceless qualifications beyond any degree which one can ever hope to achieve. In addition, he has strong ties with the New York City Ballet where his cousin is a dancer and one of the last Russians on the squad born in the same year as George Balanchine's passing. Mikhail has worked on a ballet for the NYC ballet.
As a teen, he became the Concertmaster violinist in his Sophomore year at Poway high school's 150 piece philharmonic orchestra conducted by the legendary Gary Horimoto playing many symphonies such as Beethoven, Mahler, and Tchaikovsky winning first place by unanimous decision in numerous festivals including a grand festival of over 100 high schools held in San Francisco.
Mikhail was concertmaster of the St.Bartholomew orchestra for several years around 2007.
Mikhail later joined the La Jolla Symphony chorus as a vocalist.
Mikhail holds a degree in music composition and performance from UCSD (University of California San Diego) Studying under such mentors including Janos Negyesy (Berlin Philharmonic concertmaster), Chinary Ung (Grawemeyer Award winner), Aleck Karis (film piano), Andrew Infanti (piano), Steven Takasugi (composition), John Fonville (microtonal composition), Edwin Harkins (polyrhythm +world music performance), and Phil Larson (voice).
Mikhail has also composed the first half of the flimscore of a short film "Picture This" for an NBC commercial by Macintosh Film
Mikhail has been teaching Individual and Group Lessons since the age of 18 at various Institutions such as:
Individual Instruction 15 years
CCPAA or CAPA Academy for 5 years
Old Town Academy for 3 years
Montessori Schools for 2 years
UCSD for 1 year
National City School District Camp "Wings" for 1 Year
Mikhail currently travels to his students at the comfort of their home.
He is also offering lessons possibly from a professional music store facility in Poway as well.
Please, also note the common courtesy for cancellations is at least 1 week's notice.
A new organization still in its research period.
Give private and group lessons to all ages.
Taught Orchestra classes, group guitar classes, and private lessons in piano, violin, cello, and guitar to over 120 students grades 4-8.
teaching violin to a group of beginning 5-year-olds :)
Teaching mostly underpriveledged kids 4th - 6th grades to play violins, violas, and cellos that were donated, and fixed up.
Conducting the school Orchestra and giving private lessons
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