Through the eyes of others
Michael Tseitlin was born in Moscow, Russia into a family of musicians. His father, Alexander Tseitlin, was a composer and conductor at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow and his mother was a ballerina with the Bolshoi. Michaelís great-uncle, Lev Tseitlin, was a student of Leopold Auer and one of the founders of the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory in the post-revolution era. Michael studied violin with David Oistrakh and Piotr Bondarenko at the Gnesinís College and then with Felix Andrievsky at the Gnesinís Institute. He studied visual art at the Moscow Art School and was inspired by the eclectic and diverse environment of 60s Moscow where he learned to understand and appreciate art. Other major influences in his education were Rostislav Dubinsky, the first violinist of the Borodin Quartet; close friend, composer Alfred Schnittke; composer Aram Khachaturian, whose violin concerto Mr.Tseitlin performed as a 17 year old, with Khachaturian conducting; and friend and mentor, violinist Lord Yehudi Menuhin.
After graduating, Mr. Tseitlin worked at the Bolshoi Theater Orchestra and was a first violinist with the Composerís Union String Quartet. In 1975, he came to the United States with his wife, renowned violinist Irina. They settled in California where he taught at the California State University at Los Angeles and the San Diego State University. During last three decades Mr. Tseitlin was the artistic director of music festivals in New Mexico, California, Germany, Italy and Portugal.
Michael Tseitlin is an accomplished and well known composer. His music was performed to high critical acclaim and published in Europe, Japan, and the United States. Although, lifelong musician, he also pursued visual art since early childhood. His art has been presented in Europe, Japan, and the United States to high critical acclaim.