Michael Zellgert attended University of Wisconsin-Superior where he studied violin performance and conducting, including both choral and orchestral technique with Diane Balko and David Scott. In addition, he received mentoring under Markand Thakar from Peabody Institute of The John Hopkins University and Yong-Yan Hu former Rostock Philharmonie & Shanghai Broadcast Symphony director.
Zellgert has appeared as a soloist with community and university orchestras throughout Minnesota and part of Wisconsin including Gustavus Adolphus College and University of Wisconsin - Superior. He has served as concertmaster of the Itasca Symphony Orchestra, UW-Superior Chamber Orchestra, Heartland Symphony Orchestra, and St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra along with performing as a violinist with the Minnesota Ballet, the Duluth Festival Opera, and the Lyric Opera of the North.
Throughout his career as a violinist, he has performed with small ensembles including the Dynamic String Quartet, Highland Quartet, Saint Benedicta Trio, Pastiche, and Music Saint Croix.
Michael has served as the music director of the Duluth (Woodland) Community Orchestra, Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra, and Crow River Area Youth Orchestra and is a guest and cover conductor with regional orchestras including the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, Heartland Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Community Orchestra, and Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra. His interest in music education has led him to conduct string sectionals for the College of St. Benedict/St John's University Orchestra, clinics for high school orchestras, and has adjudicated auditions for solo/ensembles and camps including Interlochen Camp for the Arts.
In addition to 25 years of performance and teaching, Zellgert has held office on orchestra and arts boards throughout Minnesota including the Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud and the Prairie Arts Council. His background has included administrative positions like the Director of Operations & Personnel with the Duluth-Superior Symphony and Computer Systems Manager with the St. Cloud Housing & Redevelopment Authority.
Michael maintains a private studio, a member with the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, 2nd violin principal with the St Cloud Symphony Orchestra, member of the St Cloud String Quartet, the Islay Trio, and artistic director/founder of the Central Minnesota Youth Orchestra.
Performance - Conducting - Teaching
Personal Thoughts: "Surround yourself who inspire you to do more (in life). Never sacrifice integrity to please others. Give."