Michael Maizels , Flute Teacher/Music Educator
Michael was raised in a musical family in Leningrad, (St. Petersburg), Russia. He started to play the piano at the age of six, going on to study piano playing for seven years, completing a course. Michael studied piano for 7 years and completed a piano course at the City Music School. At the same time, he had joined a Judo team and continued his studies of martial arts for the next 10 years. At the age of 14, Michael's father gave him a flute to try. Two months later he performed his first short recital, playingHandel and Hayden sonatas. After two years of he was able to enter the world-famous Music College of the Leningrad State Conservatory, where he pursued several disciplines: Flute Performance, Orchestral Performance, Orchestral Conducting, and Music Education.
Michael graduated with honors and at the graduation he was playing Mozart Concerto #2 in D Major for flute and orchestra and conducted the Italian Symphony by F. Mendelssohn.
In 1984 he was accepted into the Leningrad State Conservatory in the class of Prof. Vavilina-Mravinskaya. In the same year, he became the, the youngest flute player to ever join the Kirov Ballet orchestra. He has since played numerous recitals and recording throughout Russia. Mr. Maizels had played numerous recitals and recording throughout Russia. He has promoted baroque and modern music and his repertoire includes classic works from Bach and his sons, Beethoven, Mozart and contemporary composers including Gubaidulina, Banschikov, Martinu, and many others.
Michael and his father organized a chamber music group “Classica” which wasperformed on major concert stages throughout St. Petersburg and the wider region in venues which included major museums and concert halls. In his audience one could find Margaret Thatcher, Mikhail Gorbachev and other notable public figures.
In 1990 Michael had begun his studies in the United States. He successfully completed the Artist Diploma program at the College Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati. At the same time Michael was commuting to New York City to study with Mr. Julius Baker at his studio in Brewster and Julliard School of Music. In the summer of 1992 Michael was invited to study and perform at the Aspen Music Festival. Later in the same year Michael started his Doctoral Studies at the CCM.
Throughout that time Michael continues his performing and teaching career. He started the Winter and Summer programs for students where he taught not just flute, but also music history, solfegio, improvisation, and, of course conducted an orchestra of his students.
Michael believes in the core principle of giving everyone the opportunity to access the high quality education that he believes in. Michael has taught hundreds of students in many parts of the world. You can see his students now as teachers, doctors, and, of course, musicians and as advocates of arts like he is. Michael believes in the organic growth of a young musician, and an artist. He supports student's creativity and artistic vision. This explains why Michael and his students regularly win competitions, perform locally, at their schools, and at the Carnegie Hall. They become more confident in their studies and their lives, and most importantly, they enjoy and support music and the arts.