Michael Tseitlin

Michael Tseitlin is renowned master teacher, composer and visual artist residing in Southern California. Tseitlin’s students have consistently won important international competitions including the Tchaikovsky, Indianapolis, Queen Elisabeth, Paganini, ARD Bayerischer Rundfunk, Leventrit and Yehudi Menuhin competitions and held concertmaster positions at Rotterdam Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, London Philharmonia, Milwaukee Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Soul Radio Orchestra and Hong Kong Philharmonic and professorships at the Juilliard School of Music, Amsterdam and Rotterdam Conservatories, Northwestern University, North Texas University, Stanford University, New York University at Purchase and  the Kyungpook University, Korea.

Michael Tseitlin was born in Moscow, Russia into a family of five generations of musicians. His father, Alexander Tseitlin, was a composer and conductor at the Bolshoi Theater and his great-uncle, Lev Tseitlin, student of Leopold Auer, was one of the founders of the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory in the post-revolution era. Michael studied violin with Piotr Bondarenko at the Gnesin’s College and later with Felix Andrievsky at the Gnesin’s Institute. Other major influences and mentors were Rostislav Dubinsky and Yehudi Menuhin.


In 1975, he came to the United States with his wife, concert violinist Irina Tseitlin. They settled in California where he taught at the California State University, Los Angeles; the San Diego State University and since 1990 the California Institute of Music. Mr. Tseitlin was Executive Director  of music festivals in New Mexico, California, Germany, Italy and Portugal.


Michael Tseitlin is also an accomplished composer. His music was performed to high critical acclaim and published in Europe, Japan and United States. Although, lifelong musician, he also pursued visual art since early childhood and his art is exhibited in museums, galleries and private collections. 

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