Strings – Michael van der Sloot

Michael van der Sloot earned his Bachelor and Master degrees on the viola at the University of British Columbia.  He then pursued his doctoral studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.  Michael has had success at various international solo and chamber competitions and has represented Canada on 2 occasions. Michael has also played with most of the Symphonies in Western Canada and toured through Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland and Italy, including performances at the Theatre Rue Champs Elysees in Paris, and the Musikverein in Vienna.  In addition to his performing, Michael is a passionate teacher. He has been a guest instructor at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Beijing Central Conservatory, Mount Royal University, and several other music institutions across Western Canada. Currently, Michael has students at most the major music schools across Canada and the United States including the San Francisco Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, New England Conservatory and Juilliard School of Music.  Many of his students have soloed with major Symphonies in Canada.  In 2010, Michael accepted the position of Head of Strings at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.