Welcome!

Michael Schaeffer is an accordion player based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. If you live there, you may have already seen him pressing mother-of-pearl keys and squeezing the bellows of his accordion at a local restaurant or a friend's wedding.

Michael purchased his first accordion in 2001 after having a dream about playing a bellowed instrument in a dark room. He had been playing piano for fifteen years before buying his first "beater" accordion. Now, Michael specializes in Italian, French, and tango music, along with his own original compositions.

Michael is available for hire to entertain at events and gatherings. He also plays regularly at two well-known Italian restaurants in Grand Rapids -- Tre Cugini on Friday and Saturday nights and Mangiamo on Sunday evenings.

Michael busking outside St. Cecilia Music Center during ArtPrize 2013

Michael busking outside St. Cecilia Music Center during ArtPrize 2013


Why the Accordion?

The accordion is essentially a one-man band.  It is portable and extremely versatile, covering a vast repertoire of music styles, including jazz, tango, waltz, polka, samba, beguine or any other genre of music you can imagine.