Michael Newman is a classically trained cellist from Southampton, Pennsylvania. He has been pursuing a career in cello performance at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance under the tutelage of Udi Bar-David, a cellist with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Michael received his Bachelor of Music degree in May 2016 and will continue his education at the Peabody Conservatory this fall. While pursuing his Master of Music degree, he will study with distinguished cellist, Alan Stepansky (who also instructed our Principal Cellist, Joe Isom!). Most recently, Michael was awarded the Marc von May Cello Scholarship, has been selected as a co-principal of the Peabody Symphony Orchestra and has joined Peabody’s first conductorless orchestra, the Peabody String Sinfonia. The Peabody String Sinfonia will perform exclusively in community venues and their mission is to bring beauty to people in challenging situations, a principle very much aligned with the values of Symphony Number One.
In May, Michael had the opportunity to play with the New Jersey Capital Philharmonic Orchestra. Michael was a student member of the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia and was featured as a soloist in 2015. As an accomplished chamber musician, Michael has performed in various concerts and festivals, and had an opportunity to work with the Jerusalem Quartet, the Dover Quartet, the Miró Quartet and the Montrose Trio in master classes.
In addition to his studies, Michael volunteers as a teacher every summer at the Council Rock Summer Music School. He tutors cello students in two orchestras and conducts sectional training. Michael also enjoys being a private cello instructor.