Michael was born in Berne, Switzerland in 1969. His father George taught him piano from the age of 6. At age 9 he studied and performed in Edinburgh under Dr. Colin Kingsley for three years, until moving to England and studying with Neville Dilkes, a conductor at that time with the Philomusica orchestra. He left school at 17 to pursue a career as a professional musician. During training he won the Cassell Prize silver medal, awarded by The Worshipful Company of Musicians, London, for instrumental performance on Piano. In 1992 Michael was pianist in residence on H.M. Yacht Britannia for five years and perfomed for royalty and many heads of state from around the world, travelling extensively. Michael now arranges music and teaches piano and brass.