Michel Taddei leads a varied career as performer, teacher, and administrator. He is Director of Artistic Administration at the Crowden Music Center in Berkeley, and serves as Education Consultant for Music at Kohl Mansion (MAKM). He also teaches through those organizations, giving instruction in bass, chamber music, and leading orchestras at Crowden, and acting as a visiting artist in Peninsula schools for MAKM. Michel has been a faculty member for the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra’s (PACO) chamber music intensive for nearly a decade, and guest conducts for PACO annually.
Michel is Principal Bassist of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the Berkeley Symphony, the Fremont Symphony, the Pacific Chamber Symphony, Symphony Napa Valley, and the Mendocino Music Festival, and is Assistant Principal Bass of the California Symphony. Other groups with which he has performed locally include the San Francisco Symphony and the New Century Chamber Orchestra, and he has worked frequently with recording orchestras at Skywalker Sound. Chamber music is a passion for Michel -- a founding member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, he has performed with groups including the Bella Trio, Empyrean Ensemble, Earplay, Quartet San Francisco, Musica Marin, Ensemble SF, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and at festivals including Moab, the Musical Days at Forest Hill, French music festivals at Rive-de-Gier and Caves du Roussillon, and the Festival des sept Chapelles in Brittany. He has also performed with Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble on tours in the US and in Central Asia.
Michel studied bass with Homer Mensch at the Juilliard School, and is a graduate of Columbia University, where he was a John Jay National Scholar. He interrupted his graduate studies in history at UC Berkeley to accept the invitation of Kent Nagano to become Principal Bass of the Orchestrede l’Opéra de Lyon, where he played for over seven seasons, touring widely and making numerous recordings. Michel also enjoys performing as a singer, with concert and opera appearances including works such as Stravinsky’s Renard, Bernstein’s Candide, and Rossini’s Barbiere di Siviglia.