Michelle Painter

Violinist Michelle Painter has established herself as an in demand artist along the east coast, with concert engagements spanning from Vermont to Florida. Known for her “lively confidence,” (San Francisco Classical Voice), Michelle brings personality, spirit and energy to each performance. A highlight of the 2015 season includes a performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto, Cadenza by Eric Sawyer, with the Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra.

An advocate for music education and community outreach, Michelle was adjunct violin faculty at the Patel Conservatory as well as a music instructor for several institutions. She frequently volunteers to play music for disabled veterans at the VA and she also enjoys working with young musicians in community driven organizations such as the Worcester Youth Orchestras. Michelle has taught students from ages 4-21 over the past decade.

As a chamber musician she has performed across the United States and South Korea, taking part in series including Music from Salem, The Lighthouse Chamber Players, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, the Five College New Music Festival, and the Robert Helps International Music Festival. She has recorded the world premiere of Robert Helps’ “Quintet” for Albany Records and has performed world premieres by Pulitzer Prize Winning Composers as well as Guggenheim Fellows. She is also co-founder and co-director of the NYC based RT9 Ensemble- a chamber group dedicated to the collaborative musical experience with audiences in diverse concert settings.

Michelle has also collaborated across genres with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Michael Buble, Asia Mei, and Pearson Education INC. During her studies, Michelle was the recipient of a full scholarship and the Julian Olevsky Award for excellence in violin performance and leadership.

Michelle is excited to join The Elizabeth Faidley Studio in Fall, 2015.


"My 9-year old son has been studying with Michelle for 9 months.  After spending some time in some of the well-known NYC Suzuki schools, we finally landed with Elizabeth's program and into Michelle's studio.   We could not be happier!  Michelle focuses intensely on foundational technique but still manages to make the lessons fun for Alex.  He is learning repertoire faster than ever and is sounding better on a weekly basis.  We love going to the masterclasses for advanced students.  There are many performance opportunities, and Michelle recently nominated Alex to perform in an Honor's Recital.  Alex has placed in two competitions this spring and those successes have really boosted his self esteem and love for the violin.  Thank you, Michelle!!!"

- Cynthia, mom of Alex, 9