John Michel, in his twenty-seventh year as cello professor at Central Washington University, enjoys his career as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher.
In addition to regular solo recital programs, he has performed a dozen concertos including the Shostakovich #1, Herbert, Dvorak and the Brahms Double with his wife Carrie Rehkopf. In double series concerts, Mr. Michel has performed all of the six Bach Cello Suites for memory, and regularly appears in the Seattle Bach Marathon. In 2001, he was one of seven guest artists featured at the First Kobe International Cello Festival in Japan and returned for the 1000 Cellists Concert with his students in 2015. He has published many recordings and numerous live performances that are readily available online.
Mr. Michel is cellist and founding member of the Kairos (formerly the Kairos String Quartet), which holds an endowed professorship as the resident ensemble of Central Washington University and Icicle Creek. He is the founder and former director of the Internet Cello Society (cello.org).
His formal training includes Bachelor and Master degrees from University of Michigan and the New England Conservatory with Bernard Greenhouse of the Beaux Arts trio and Jeffrey Solow.