Michael Acosta hails from Los Angeles, where he was born into a very musical family. His parents are both professional musicians who teach and perform in LA and as a result, Michael began his violin studies early on at the age of three. In high school, Mr. Acosta attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) where he served as concertmaster and principal second violin of the school’s symphony orchestra. Mr. Acosta performed at weddings and other events with the La Folia Chamber Ensemble served as a member of the American Youth Symphony and was an assistant instructor at the family operated Evergreen Music Conservatory.
Mr. Acosta received his Bachelors of Music from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2009, where he studied with the accomplished concertmaster Alexander Kerr. During this time, Michael taught for the IU string department pre-college program in addition to performing with numerous local orchestras including the Bloomington, Carmel, and Columbus Symphony Orchestras. After completing his undergraduate studies in 2013, Mr. Acosta returned to Los Angeles where he performed as a member of the New West and Tulsa Symphony Orchestras and returned to LACHSA as an instructor to coach chamber music and private lessons.
In 2017 Michael received his Master’s of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Danielle Belen and was the concertmaster of the University Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Acosta attended numerous summer music festivals, most notably of which include the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Rendsburg, Germany (2013/2015), National Orchestral Institute (2016, concertmaster), Marrowstone Music Festival (2014/2016, concertmaster), Aspen Music Festival (2008), and Interlochen Center for the Arts (2004-2006).
More recently, Michael performed as a section violinist for the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, was appointed assistant concertmaster of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, and is proud to be a member of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.