Michael Zahlit is a passionate solo, orchestral, and chamber performer in the Chicago area. Michael has been principal violist and member of the Eastern Symphony Festival Orchestra, Interlochen Philharmonic, and Roundrock Symphony and is assistant principal of the DePaul Symphony Orchestra and Northbrook Symphony. As both a soloist and orchestral player, Michael participated in international festivals, including the Aspen, Madeline Island, Montecito, Green Mountain, Eastern, and Interlochen Music Festivals and as well as the Haydn Music Festival held in Vienna, Austria. Michael has had the pleasure to work with and be coached by esteemed faculty including Robert Vernon, Don McInnes, Paul Coletti, Emerson String Quartet, Joseph Silverstein, Shanghai Quartet, Anton Nel, American Quartet, Miro Quartet, Arianna Quartet, Brooklyn Rider. In 2016, Michael graduated from the University of Texas at Austin where he studied under Roger Myers and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in performance at DePaul University with Rami Solomonov.