Based in Los Angeles, California, Michael McLean is an internationally noted composer, violinist and pedagogue. On the faculty of the Colburn School of Performing Arts, he teaches violin and conducts various ensembles throughout the school while maintaining a lively career as a composer of orchestral, chamber and film music.
He received his B.M. in Violin Performance from Northwestern University where he studied violin, composition, counterpoint and orchestration extensively and has recently completed the prestigious program at the University of Southern California, "Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television." He has taught violin at the Music Institute of Chicago and was Adjunct Professor of Violin at Texas Christian University from 1994-1997.
Mr. McLean is a popular guest clinician at workshops and institutes throughout the country, and has recently been invited to teach and perform in Argentina, Singapore and Tanzania, Africa. He is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has studied Suzuki pedagogy with Yuko Honda and Barbara Barber, as well as John Kendall. He is also founder and president of Oak Cliff Publishing, which features more than 100 of his compositions and four CDs, Care to Tango?
(with Brian Lewis and Barbara Barber), New World, Pieces
(with Yuko Honda). His Violin Concerto, Elements
, for Violin and String Orchestra, was recently recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios with Brian Lewis as the featured soloist and Hugh Wolff conducting, released by Delos in 2006. He is currently working on his second Violin Concerto to be recorded with Brian Lewis and the London Symphony and is composing the film music for a future PBS documentary on Louis Sullivan. Other works in progress include a Suite for Viola, works for four solo violins, a Violin Sonata and a large-scale choral work, The St. Thomas Passion.
Michael also loves to hike in the Sierras and run marathons.