Michael Linert enjoys a varied musical career primarily as a singer in choirs, operas, and art song recitals; as a Baroque and modern cellist in solo, chamber music, and orchestral settings; and as an orchestra and mariachi teacher. He is known for his engaging, impassioned performances as well as his demanding, organized, and inspiring teaching approach.
Michael’s voice has been described as “ethereal, almost spooky,” “poignant,” and “gorgeously clarion” (The Hartford Courant), and he has also been described "as good as any male alto I ever expect to hear" (Jay Harvey Upstage - Indianapolis). He has been heard recently in Bach's St. John Passion as alto soloist (Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphonic Choir), Bach’s B Minor Mass as alto soloist (Concora and Hartford Symphony), Handel’s Alcina as Ruggiero and Xerxes as Arsamenes (Indiana University Opera Theater), and in his newest recital program Veiled (John Waldron Arts Center). In addition, he recently performed with Ensemble Lipzodes at the XIV International Sacred Music Festival in Quito, Ecuador and as a member of the Carnegie Hall Chamber Chorus in the Tallis Scholars' "Spem in alium" Project.
As a cellist, Michael has appeared as principal of several ensembles including the Commonwealth Opera, QV Ensemble, Hartt Independent Chamber Orchestra, West Hartford Community Theater, and the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. He has appeared as soloist with the Kokomo Symphony and the Valparaiso High School Orchestras and has received awards from the Indianapolis Matinee Musical Competition, Indiana University, The Hartt School, Ball State University, the Kokomo Symphony Orchestra, the Blue Lake Summer Camp, and the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp.
As an educator, Mr. Linert currently serves as the performing arts department chair, as well as the director of orchestras and mariachi at Westminster High School in Colorado. He received the Teacher of the Year Award from Westminster High School in 2017 and the Exemplary High School Teacher Award from the American String Teachers Association in 2017 and 2019. Previously, he has taught on the faculty of the Indiana University String Academy, as assistant director of the Fairview and Highland Park Violin Projects in Bloomington, IN, and as a cello, voice, piano, and violin private lesson instructor in Indiana and Connecticut. Some of the musicians with whom he has taught or coached have gone on to win positions with professional, regional, and youth orchestras, and others have been accepted into national music schools. Additionally, he has appeared as a guest teaching artist with school orchestras in Indiana, Connecticut, and South Carolina; judged for the Hoosier String Auditions, the National Federation of Music Clubs, and for the TASHCO Young Artists Festival; and has presented lecture-workshops for the Colorado Music Educators Association, Florida State University and Indiana University.
In addition, Michael has premiered works by Chinese, Australian, Armenian, and American composers, and his own compositions have been sold in and performed on three continents. Most recently, the documentary "Medic!," including Michael's original musical score, was added to the permanent collection of the Library of Congress American Folklore Center, and his original music video, "Lost," was presented at "Life in Motion: A Colorado Dance Film Festival" in collaboration with the Life/Art Dance Company.
Michael received a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance degree summa cum laude from The Hartt School and a Master of Science in Music Education degree from Indiana University. Throughout his studies he has also worked with professors from many other schools including the Juilliard School, Eastman School, French National Conservatory, and the Royal College of Music. He currently resides in Westminster, CO.