Michael Haber, a student of Janos Starker and Gregor Piatigorsky, graduated with high academic honors from Brandeis University with a degree in European History. He did his graduate work at Harvard and at Indiana University. Mr. Haber was a member of the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell, the Casals Festival Orchestra under Pablo Casals and the Mostly Mozart Orchestra at Lincoln Center in New York City. He was the principal cellist of several orchestras, including the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra in Boulder, Colorado. With the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, he toured and recorded throughout Europe, the USA, and Asia.
Mr. Haber has been on the cello and chamber music faculties of Oberlin College, Indiana Unviersity, the New England Conservatory of Music, the Eastman School of Music, Boston University, University of Tennessee, and the University of Akron. He taught and performed at many summer festivals including Aspen, Marlboro, Yellow Barn and Musicorda. For ten years, he was the coach of the cello section of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach and also coached the Asian Youth Orchestra cello section before one of their European tours.
His chamber music career includes international tours as the cellist of the Composers Quartet, in residence at Columbia University in New York, cellist of the Gabrielli Trio for 20 years, together with violinist James Buswell, and numerous appearances at music festivals and concert series throughout the USA.
Among the comments for Mr. Haber’s performances, the New York Times spoke of “the lyricism and perfection of his playing,” the London Times called him a “romantic cellist” and the Cleveland Plain Dealer called him a “superb musician.”