Michael Korn began to play violin at the age of five and studied with preeminent Soviet violin pedagogues G.Turchaninova, Z.Bron, and M.Liberman in Novosibirsk. Later, he attended the Gnessin Music Institute in Moscow where his mentors included violinist G.Zhislin and cellist V.Berlinsky of the Borodin Quartet, and the Rubin Music Academy in Tel-Aviv where he studied with Y.Kless and I.Svetlova. Fifty years forward, Michael has enjoyed a diverse career performing as a soloist, chamber and orchestra musician, educator, conductor, and founder and artistic director of the Easton Chamber Music Festival in Massachusetts. As a soloist, he appeared with orchestras in the former Soviet Union, Israel, and the United States. In addition, his musical geography extended to Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Morocco, Netherlands, Spain, and Tunisia, where he also performed as a chamber and orchestral musician. As a performer he has earned acclaim for his “…bold, passionate interpretation…confidence and conviction…fervent treatment…great agility….and suave, sweet tone…” and praised as a conductor as a “truly versatile musician of many talents.” The American Prize competition described his performances as “…serious and fun…full of challenge, mixing the familiar and unusual in interesting ways.” Michael has published essays in professional magazines on American music, repertoire strategies and teaching expressivity, and is a sought-after teacher of violin, viola, chamber music, and orchestral conducting.