Cellist Michael King is a native of Spartanburg, SC and is currently pursuing a DMA at UW. Michael has performed both solo and chamber music across the US as part of the Oregano String Quartet and the Mordecai Cello Quartet. He received a BM in Music Performance from the University of South Carolina where he was awarded the Cello Fund Award, an MM in Music Performance from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a Certificate in Suzuki Pedagogy from The University of Denver where he was the teaching assistant to Richard Slavich. Michael has appeared in recitals and orchestras across the US. He has attended summer festivals such as the National Music Festival, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival and The Meadowmount School for Strings. His teachers include Robert Jesselson, Brooks Whitehouse, Melissa Kraut, Richard Slavich, Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, and Carol Tarr.