Michael Tree

Michael Tree was born in Newark, NJ. He studied violin with his father, and his principal teacher was Efrem Zimbalist at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Following his Carnegie Hall recital debut, he appeared as soloist on both the violin and viola with major orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Baltimore and New Jersey Symphonies. He has also participated in leading festivals, including Casals, Spoleto, Israel and Aspen, and he appears annually at Ottawa, Marlboro, Santa Fe and Taos.

As a founding member of the Guarneri String Quartet, Tree has concertized throughout the world and recorded more than 80 chamber music works, among them ten piano quartets and quintets with Artur Rubinstein. In 1982, Mayor Ed Koch presented the Quartet with the first New York City Seal of Recognition. Other artists with whom he has recorded include Emanuel Ax, Richard Goode, Jaime Laredo, Yo-Yo Ma, Sharon Robinson, Rudolf Serkin, Isaac Stern and Pinchas Zuckerman.

Michael Tree has recently founded the Schumann Trio for clarinet, piano and viola with clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist Anna Polonsky. Mr. Tree serves on the faculties of Bard College, The Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School and the University of Maryland at College Park. In 2010, he received the American Viola Society’s Career Achievement Award. Mr. Tree’s viola is a Hiroshi Iizuka, dated Philadelphia 1995.

Ovation Press co-founder Hans Jensen conducted an extensive interview with Mr. Tree in June 2011 which was published on our blog String Visions. In it he shares his early memories of musical study, ideas about sound production, his professional experience, involvement with chamber and recording projects, and concepts about practicing. This 3-part interview is a treasure trove of wisdom from someone who has experienced many sides of being a professional musician.

Check out our interview with Michael Tree on String Visions!

Below you will find the complete list of scores edited by Michael Tree. 

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