Michael had played piano for fifteen years before he ever picked up an accordion. He sought out his first accordion in 2001, inspired by a dream in which he was playing a bellowed instrument in a dark room. Today, Michael can play around 200 songs from memory. Though he specializes in Italian, French, and Tango, he maintains an impressive repertoire of various styles, including polka, klezmer, Hungarian, and gypsy music. Michael also has recorded an album of original compositions. Through playing the accordion at restaurants and private events, partnering with other musicians for a variety of projects, and teaching accordion to students of all ages, Michael has built a strong reputation in the Grand Rapids area. He is passionate about sharing the accordion with students and audiences, bringing it back into the spotlight as a beautiful instrument with a rich history.
Michael is a visual artist, as well, having studied painting at Kendall College. His artwork has been exhibited at LaFontsee Galleries in Grand Rapids since 1995. A selection of Michael's work can be viewed on his art website.