Mr. Tseitlin was born in 1950 in Moscow, into a family
of musicians. His great-uncle Lev Tseitlin was a student of Leopold
Auer and considered to be one of the Atroika of founders of the Tchaikovsky
Moscow Conservatory in the post revolution era (the other two of the
Atroika, being Konstantin Mostras and Abram Yampolsky). Michael Tseitlin's
father Alexander Tseitlin graduated from St. Petersburg Conservatory
as a pianist and a composer, where he studied piano with Igumnov and
composition with Georgy Konus and Alexander Glazunov. He also graduated
from Moscow Conservatory as a conductor, having studied with Lev Ginzburg.
Alexander Tseitlin conducted at the Bolshoi Theater and was a professor
at the GITIS (State Institute for Theater Arts). Michael Tseitlin's
mother Valentina Abokumova was a prominent ballerina with the Bolshoi
Theater and a ballet pedagogue in Russia and later in the United States. Michael
studied violin with David Oistrakh and Piotr Bondarenko at the Gnesin's
College and then with Felix Andrievsky at the Gnesin's Institute. The
other teachers and musicians who were a major influence in his education
were Rostislav Dubinsky, the first violinist of the Borodin Quartet,
with whom Mr. Tseitlin studied chamber music; and composer Aram Khachaturian
whose violin concerto Mr.Tseitlin performed as a 17 year old,
with the composer conducting. After graduation Mr. Tseitlin worked
for one year at the Bolshoi Theater Orchestra and also was the first
violinist with the Composer's Union String Quartet. In 1975 he emigrated
to the United States with his wife Irina.
They settled in Los Angeles
where he taught at the California State University at Los Angeles. In
1978 Mr. Tseitlin was invited to become the Artistic Director of the
New Mexico Music Festival in Taos. He remained in that position till
1986. In 1987 he was the Artistic Director of the Batiquitos Festival
in San Diego, with 70 artists/faculty members and 300 students under
his supervision. Six weeks of concerts and master classes involved such
artists and teachers as Garry Graffman, Dorothy DeLay, Renato Scotto
and Vladimir Krainev.Since 1975 Mr. Tseitlin was closely associated
with Lord Yehudi Menuhin. Lord Menuhin was the chairman of the advisory
board for the International Institute of Music and the California Institute
of Music from 1990 till his death in 1998. Isaac Stern assumed the chairmanship
from 1998-2001. In 1986 Mr. Tseitlin became the Executive Director at
the International Institute of Music. He successfully directed the Institute
in Italy and Germany at first, and in Portugal for the past four years.
In 1990 Michael Tseitlin founded the California Institute of Music (formerly
named the Fairbanks School of Performing Arts) in San Diego, California,
where he has been teaching violin and viola, as well as coaching chamber
music groups and conducting chamber orchestras, in addition to supervising
many excellent professional musicians in their teaching careers. Under
his directorship are 22 faculty members and around 200 students. CIM
is considered to be one of the leading music schools in the United States.
Perhaps the best measure of Prof. Tseitlin's ability to achieve
excellence is the successes of his students:
David Chan: Laureate of the IX Tchaikovsky International
Competition in Moscow, the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition
in England, the Bronze Medal in the 1994 Indianapolis International
Competition, Concertmaster at the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New
Frank Almond: Laureate of the Paganini International
Competition in Italy and the VIII Tchaikovsky International Competition
in Moscow, former concertmaster of the Dallas/Fort Worth Symphony and
the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and current concertmaster of the Rotterdam
Philharmonic and London Philharmonic.
Igor Gruppman: Former concertmaster of the London Symphony,
the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra.
Professor at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and current Concertmaster
of the Miami Symphony.
Soo Young Yoon: concertmaster of the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra,
and Professor of Music at the Kyungpook University, Korea.
Nakuthula Ngwenyama: Internationally acclaimed soloist,
Laureate of 1993 Primrose Memorial Competition and 1994 Young Concert
Artists Audition. Recipient of the 1997 Avery Fisher Career Award.
Francesca Dego: International Violin Solist. Prize winner of the 2009 Paganini competion in Genoa, Italy.
Susan Dubois: Professor at the University of North
Texas; Principal Viola, Dallas Opera.
Tiffany Modell: Former Concert Mistress of the Virginia
Symphony Orchestra, Professor at the California Institute of Music.
Yurika Mok: First violinist with the Metropolitan Opera
Orchestra in New York City.
Debbie Buck: Violinist with the Lark Quartet.
Erik Ulman: published composer, faculty of the University
of Illinois at Urbana.