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Michael Lieberman, Violist, pursues a busy and varied career as a chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher. He performed as the on-stage Violist for the world premier and national tour of Philip Glass's opera, "In the Penal Colony". He was the Music Director and Violist for, "Tempo of Recollection" a theatrical staging of Czech composer and holocaust victim Erwin Schulhoff's works set in a 1920's Prague beer-hall. He was the Assistant Music Director and Violist for Cirque Du Soleil's "IRIS" at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood with over 500 performances including an appearance on the Tonight Show. Since 2013, Michael has been performing as an original member of Wet the Hippo, a collection of LA’s most twisted and uncontrollable performers in sublimely irreverent and beautifully chaotic live performance. Most recently, has joined the Chicago-based chamber music group, Fifth-House Ensemble as their violist. Michael has played principal Viola with the Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and Opera Santa Barbara in addition to performances with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Oregon Symphony among many others. For 10 years he was Violist in the Saint Helen's String Quartet with performances throughout the Pacific Northwest, a residency at Cornish College of the Arts the Quartet’s debut recording in the fall of 2015. Michael has taught at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and Westmont College in Santa Barbara. Michael studied at the Peabody Conservatory and currently lives in Evanston, IL. For more information, visit

258 words - September, 2016