Mikhail Borisovsky (Misha)

Mikhail B.

San Diego, CA

About Mikhail B.

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Mikhail teaches: Ages 5 and up
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Teaching since: March 1999
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1. Those seeking Orchestral Training with Reading and Playing Skills.

2. If you wanna to rock out and play a song of your choice. Any Song.

3. You are a parent and need music lessons for you and/or your child.

4. Those who wish to exercise their mind, and possibly prevent disease.

5. Those who wanna play music to impress their friends and be cool.

6. Those who wanna buffer their chops and play some gigs for $$$.

7. Learning how to play music as a gift for your spouse or loved one.

8. Giving lessons as a fun gift for your elders or spouse.

9. For helping to align the body, mind, and spirit as a form of yoga.

10. Those seeking to spread a positive message in musical ways.


He helps his students and friends achieve their Violin, Piano, Viola, Cello, etc. goals in a broad variety of styles, genres, pieces, directions, audiences. He has done so for many years at vaious institutions, and individual instruction catering to a great variety of happy customers. He is qualified to do so based on his level of expertise determined by his collegiate academic degrees in addition to real world experience verified by his experience, concerts, gigs, audio/video recordings, and music awards.

You also can't beat the value. Mikhail teaches lessons valued at more than double of what they're priced at here, doing so to reach out to more people, in his hopes of spreading music.



Although he has the training in traditional classical, he has crossed over and taught many other styles such as latin, jazz, rock, pop, fiddle, gypsy (his original style), Irish, Folk, Hip-Hop, 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.

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.


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 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 Films.


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


$36 for a half-hour slot
$50 for 45 minutes
$63 for an hour slot

15-minute lessons are available for low income qualifications.


Throughout the process, a page will popup with Mikhail's available times. However, once direct contact is made, you guys may discuss a different time that works better. Please, also note the common courtesy for cancellations is at least 1 week's notice.


Photos and Videos

Electric Violin performance at the AUM Dome playing yoga/pop music with acclaimed singer Krista Richards



Jan 2013 - Present
San Diego Conservatory of Music

A new organization still in its research period.

Music Director

Jan 2012 - Present
Private Studio

Give private and group lessons to all ages.

Orchestra Director and Music Teacher

Jan 2011 - Jun 2014
Old Town Academy

Taught Orchestra classes, group guitar classes, and private lessons in piano, violin, cello, and guitar to over 120 students grades 4-8.

Group Violin Class Instructor

Jan 2013 - Dec 2013
Montessori School in La Jolla

teaching violin to a group of beginning 5-year-olds :)

Strings Orchestra Conductor

Jun 2005 - Aug 2006
National City School District

Teaching mostly underpriveledged kids 4th - 6th grades to play violins, violas, and cellos that were donated, and fixed up.

Orchestra Conductor and Strings Coach

Jan 2000 - Jun 2005
Creative and Performing Arts Academy

Conducting the school Orchestra and giving private lessons



Jan 2000 - Jan 2004

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Best Americana Album 2014

Sep 2014
SDMA San Diego Music Awards
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25 Reviews on Mikhail B.

Diego C. Sep 28, 2016
Violin · In studio
He knows the instrument inside & out & assesses the student's need without him mentioning it. There is no time wasted here as he focuses in on what is needed.
The student will be very pleased & the money will not be wasted! But the student
does need to practice.
Maria Jul 29, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Awesome teacher, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, fun!
Diane Jun 18, 2016
Fiddle · In studio
Verified Student
Misha was very understanding and encouraging. I am a woman in my early 70s and haven't read music or played an instrument in over fifty years but I came away being convinced I can do this! I can't imagine a better teacher.
Jill B. Jun 4, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Encouraging. Easy to learn from.
Leanne T. May 14, 2016
Accordion · In home
Verified Student
Mikhail is a perfect fit for my son, Felix. He is talented, gentle, and flexible. He provides multiple avenues to engage Felix in the process of making & developing in music. It's obvious he is passionate about music and is genuine in wanting to spark that passion in his students. I love that he is able to teach multiple instruments and provide Felix the opportunity to explore several. He came in with experience in violin, and has since dabbled in accordion, piano, and recently ukulele. Mikhail works with adults also.
Kaska K. Apr 16, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My 3.5 year old and I Love our lessons with Mikhail! He is very professional, great with kids and adults, intuitive, and just a wonderful human being to spend time with. I highly suggest him as an instructor.
Levven K. Apr 16, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My 3.5 year old and I Love our lessons with Mikhail! He is very professional, great with kids and adults, intuitive, and just a wonderful human being to spend time with. I highly suggest him as an instructor.
Abby Mar 17, 2016
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
First of all, when we arrived to the location, we didn't know where to park, or which unit he was in. I tried to call and text him but without a response. Had to call the takelessons company to get the unit number he was in. He seemed knowledgeable and kind and willing to work with my daughter's needs but personality-wise is not a good fit for her. Will have to try someone else.
Sara M. Mar 15, 2016
Cello · In home
Verified Student
My son has been very happy with Mikhail's level of expertise as well as his fun, flowing vibrant way of teaching. He encourages my son (13yr old) to express himself and try new things. He asks him what he wants to learn and he helps him accomplish it!
Yvonne O. Jan 23, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Mikhail listens to what the student's goals are and adapts the learning accordingly. At the same time he is setting the framework so that the student can learn correctly and make forward progress.
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