It has been announced that 79 year old American violist Michael Tree is set to join The University of Southern California Thornton School of Music teaching faculty – in September, 2014.
“We are thrilled to welcome Michael Tree to our Strings faculty,” Dean Robert Cutietta, has said. “He will join two first-rate viola instructors in Karen Dreyfus and Che-Yen Chen. Both are former students of Michael, and the combined artistic excellence of the three is of the highest order.”
A student of Efrem Zimbalist at the Curtis Institute of Music, Mr Tree made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1954 – and served with the Guarneri String Quartet from 1964 to 2009.