Ms. Rehkopf has performed in the Oregon Coast Symphony, the Lake Chelan Bachfeste, the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival and the SummerWind Music Festival. They have given masterclasses and workshops at the Evergreen Music Camp, the Olympia Youth Symphony Camp, the Birch Bay Festival and the Okanagon B.C. Community School. They, along with violinist Marcia Kaufmann and violist Scott Hosfeld, comprise the Kairos String Quartet. The Kairos Quartet has given concerts in Virginia, Oklahoma, and Washington and is in residence at the Icicle Creek Music Center in Leavenworth. Projects have included the world premiere of three quartets by Argentinian composer Ricardo Garcia Barrero.
He regularly gives solo recitals and has appeared as soloist with the Reno Chamber Orchestra, the Wenatchee Symphony, the Yakima Symphony, Tacoma Young Artists Orchestra and others. During the past summers, Mr. Michel has performed in the Oregon Coast Symphony, the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, the Lake Chelan Bachfeste and the Banff Music Festival.
He has given masterclasses and workshops at the Evergreen Music Camp, the Olympia Youth Symphony Camp, the Birch Bay Festival, the Okanagon B.C. Community School and the Interlochen Arts Camp. His formal training includes Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Michigan and the New England Conservatory. Bernard Greenhouse of the Beaux Arts Trio, Jeffrey Solow and Stefan Popov were his main teachers.
Mr. Michel is the cellist of the CWU "Rainier" Piano Trio which makes regular tours of the Northwest. The trio has collaborated with guest artist Eric Shumsky and Philadelphia String Quartet members Alan Iglitzen and Irwin Eisenberg. More recently, Mr. Michel and his wife Carrie Rehkopf have joined forces with another husband and wife pair, Scott Hosfeld and Marcia Kaufmann, and formed the Kairos Quartet. Last summer the Kairos Quartet performed at several music festivals including the The SummerWind Festival at the University of Oklahoma The group gave the world premiere of three string quartets by Argentinian composer Ricardo Garcia Barrero at the SummerWind Festival and later recorded them. The Kairos quartet has also recorded musical excerpts for the CDRom Music Mentor - Maestro version by MidiSoft Corporation. Starting this summer the Kairos Quartet will be the quartet-in-residence at the Icicle Creek Music Center in Leavenworth, WA.
Mr. Michel has recently founded the Internet Cello Society which is a virtual community of cellists from around the globe. The ICS publishes a monthly newsletter that is distributed via email and provides the Internet world with an archives of cello related materials on the World Wide Web. The address of the WWW site is http://tahoma.cwu.edu:2000/~michelj. The ICS is 150 members strong in its first month.
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