Florida Grand Opera/Palm Beach Symphony - United States
Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Michael Zell is a musician specializing in orchestral percussion and drum set. For two seasons, he served as Acting Associate Principal Timpanist and Section Percussionist with the Honolulu Symphony, and has also been an extra or substitute percussionist with the Houston, Kansas City, and Charleston Symphonies, among others. He currently resides in Miami, Florida, where he has served as Principal Percussionist with the Florida Grand Opera for the past two seasons in addition to freelancing with most of the major ensembles within the South Florida region. He also maintains a studio of private percussion and drum set students.
Michael won his first professional audition while still an undergraduate student at the Peabody Conservatory. He subsequently served as Principal Timpanist with the Annapolis Symphony for five seasons, concurrently completing a Masters Degree and Artist Diploma at the Yale School of Music. Completion of graduate studies brought Michael to New York where he earned a fellowship with Carnegie Hall's Academy Program, in conjunction with the Juilliard School.
Within the realm of classical percussion, Michael holds no particular specialization. Uniquely, he is equally at home within orchestral, small ensemble, and solo musical settings. His interest in musical styles runs the gamut from early music to music of the 21st century. As a drum set artist, he continues to perform at many of the major venues in and around Miami.