New York City-based cellist, Michael Bent, has gained popularity for his performances from coast to coast in the United States and overseas. One of his memorable accomplishments include being a winner in the Lowe’s Has Talent competition in February 2018. Michael was selected as one of thirteen performers out of 260 contestants to perform in Las Vegas for 3,500 Lowe’s employees.
Throughout his musical career, Michael has “accumulated an impressive list of accomplishments” – Deborah Walker of I am Nyack. From bands, chamber ensembles, weddings, and church performances, to television appearances on the Three Angels Broadcasting Network and Queens Public Television, and performances on stage at Lincoln Center, Michael has engaged a broad spectrum of audiences through his art. His work is also available on CD, as he has recorded and produced an album entitled The Gift with classically-trained pianist Jason Thomas.
Michael is also a member of the traveling orchestra and choir, The SymphoNYChorus (TSC), under the leadership of Director Henric Ideström. In TSC, Michael plays cello and sings bass in the choir. This gives him the opportunity to share his art through various musical genres including, classical, gospel, and contemporary music in concert. In the summer of 2019, Michael joined TSC in their trip to the United Kingdom, where he performed in several cities in England.
Currently, Michael is serving as Cello Teacher at Peace Music Academy in Khon Kaen, Thailand. A student at School for Strings in Manhattan, Michael is also pursuing his certification in Suzuki Cello with teacher trainer Pamela Devenport. He received his Bachelors of Music degree in Cello Performance at Nyack College in Manhattan, where he studied with Byung Kook-Kwak, Michael Katz, and Sujin Park. Michael enjoys teaching cello lessons online and in the Queens and Long Island area. He studies with Marta Reilly, cello professor at Nyack College.
You can find Michael’s performance here.