Michael W. Davis

While only 26 years old, violinist Michael W. Davis was named Concertmaster of the prestigious Louisville Orchestra, thrilling audiences for 30 years until his retirement from that position in 2015. He is a graduate of the world renowned Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where he was awarded Bachelor and Master of Music degrees with distinction. Captivated at an early age by the beauty of the violin, he began playing as a 7 year old and by age 16 was winner of the Alabama MTNA Competition. Featured in numerous chamber music and orchestral recordings, Michael also has two solo albums, Emmanuel and Amazing Grace. Emmanuel (a fantasia on hymnody for solo violin and orchestra) was composed for Michael by Kurt Kaiser and was recorded in Dvorak Hall with the City of Prague Philharmonic in the Czech Republic. The album Amazing Grace features Michael's own arrangement of that beloved hymn for solo violin as heard at the 2001 "Billy Graham Crusade" in Louisville, KY. Stepping off of the concert stage and onto Coors Field, in 2017 Michael presented his original solo violin arrangemant of "The Star Spangled Banner" for a sold-out Colorado Rockies game! A very active performer, he has given concerts in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center. In addition to these and other U.S. performances, he has concertized in both Europe and Asia. Along with his tenure as Concertmaster of the Louisville Orchestra, Michael has also been a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has served on the violin faculties at the University of Louisville, Campbellsville University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Michael currently resides in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado where he teaches a talented group of students, conducts the orchestra for Off the Hook Arts-Chamber Music Academy and enjoys his passion for flyfishing! To learn more about Michael, please visit his website at http://www.MichaelDavisViolin.com