Michael Emery
Concertmaster

       At the age of ten, violinist Michael Emery began his musical studies with Alfredo Cavalieri, and in two years was selected to perform in Carnegie Hall by the Violin, Viola and Violincello Teacher's guild of New York City. In 1972, he was the first prize winner in the advanced instrumental competition of the Albany League of Arts, and winner of the Albany Symphony Concerto Competition. In the following year he was soloist in the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto as winner of the Northeastern Student Orchestra Concerto Competition.
          After receiving his B.S. in Music
Education from the College of St. Rose, Mr. Emery began his career as recitalist throughout New York and New England. He received his Masters in Music Performance as a scholarship student at Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Erick Friedman and the late Raphael Bronstein. While attending Manhattan, he was concertmaster of the Manhattan Symphony, and was selected to perform in the master classes of two of this century's most celebrated violinists, Ruggiero Ricci and the late Henryk Szeryng.
          Mr. Emery is currently concertmaster and soloist with the Utica, Catskill, and Schenectady Symphonies, having acted in that capacity for several other orchestras including the Vermont Symphony, BC Pops Orchestra and the Glimmerglass Opera Festival.
          Among Mr. Emery's honors are included such major international music festivals as the 1985 Sibelius,1988 Spohr, and 190 Paganini competitions. He has served on the faculty of Colgate University and Hartwick College, and is presently teaching at Skidmore College, the College of St. Rose, Schenectady County Community College, and at his private studio in Schenectady.