Mikel is a professional cellist who has been playing for 18 years, as well as teaching advanced students in a studio setting for the past 5 years. A Texas native, Mikel brings us a broad range of experience as a performer and we are excited to have him on the Team! Mikel obtained his Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the Boston Conservatory and later studied at University of South Florida where he received his Master of Music, also in Cello Performance. While at USF, Mikel performed as a cellist for the President’s Trio and served as an Assistant to Professor Scott Kluksdahl. He was also mentored and trained by Alexander Ezerman, Rhonda Rider, and Helga Winold. Mikel has also served on the Board of Directors for the New Music Conflagaration. Mikel frequently appears as a soloist/recitalist at various festivals and masterclasses, while also performing professionally with local orchestras such as Sarasota Orchestra, Villages Philharmonic, and Southwest Florida Symphony. Here at the shop, Mikel is our lower string customer service specialist and is committed to providing outstanding and committed service. He prides himself on offering a unique and tailored approach for each player, working diligently to help our customers find the perfect instrument, regardless of their level of expertise or budget.