Diploma, Curtis Institute Music, Philadelphia, 1955; Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), University South Florida, 1975; Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), State University of New York, Binghamton, 1983.
Michael Tree"s principal studies were with Efrem Zimbalist on violin and viola at the Curtis Institute of Music. Subsequent to his Carnegie Hall recital debut at the age of 20, Tree has appeared as violin and viola soloist with major orchestras, including the Philadelphia, Baltimore, Los Angeles, and New Jersey. Prominent among these are ten piano quintets and quartets with Artur Rubinstein.
Tree serves on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, Bard College Conservatory of Music, Manhattan School of Music, University of Maryland School of Music and Rutgers University, and regularly performs at the Marlboro Music School and Festival.
Until recently, Tree played a circa 1750 Domenicus Busan viola from Venice, Italy. He has also played violas of the modern Japanese-American luthier Hiroshi Iizuka.
During his early years with the Guarneri Quartet, Tree played on a viola made by mid 20th century luthier Harvey Fairbanks of Binghamton, New New York Michael Tree received an honorary degree from Binghamton University.
As a founding member of the Marlboro Trio and Guarneri Quartet, he has played throughout the world and recorded more than 80 chamber music works.
Married Johanna Kreck, September 8, 1966. Children: Konrad Efrem, Anna Louise.