Bio

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“In tune with the earth, but looking to the skies”

Michael Shulman is a modern violinist with 30 years of performing experience.

He is the originator of the “Shred Violin” style of playing.

Michael has a distinctive sound that is highly recognizable. It is strongly reminiscent of the Hard Rock and Metal guitar playing style from the 80’s, but with the heightened sense of elegance plus the infusion of various cultural and ethnic qualities of the world.
Being an accomplished player in Rock and Metal, Michael is also an explorer of Pop, Fusion, Classical, New Age and World music.

On his journey Michael has traveled the world and made his mark in Montreal, New York, Tel-Aviv, Moscow and recently – Bremen. He has collaborated with many musicians along the way, some of whom included well-known and respected artists like “Trans-Siberian Orchestra”, Martin Walkyier (Sabbat/Skyclad/The Clan Destined) and a visionary guitarist Estas Tonne.

As a solo act, his performances are highly improvised musically, using visual elements like freestyle dancing, the physicality of martial arts and sometimes even singing, – all of which while playing the violin at the same time.

Michael has been noted for his great compositional skills, namely his ability to instantly create a truly melodic, memorable and lyrical melodies, using a combination of notes from his vocabulary that is beautifully poetic and highly intelligent.
The sounds that he makes with his violin do touch the listener in a very profound way – sometimes both exhilarating and meditative.

Michael has a fiery energy and the devotion to his art that has been inspiring to other musicians throughout the years.
He often gets high acclaim from both his peers and critics alike, who can agree that Michael is a very gifted and creative artistic force.
Michael’s aspirations drive him to continuously improve and better himself in all aspects.

In 2016, while continuing the tradition of solo performances, releasing new songs and videos, Michael has created a project “Dancing Violins” together with a remarkable Gypsy/Classical/Pop/Rock violinist Esmeralda. The duo released their first material to the public in 2017.

In the Autumn of 2019 Michael Shulman has created a brand new solo project “BLЭК” (pronounced – black). A unique old fashioned look creates a great atmosphere to accompany the performance being played solely on acoustic violin. It’s a new “old” direction to bring the authentic sound of the acoustic instrument pure and simple, without the distraction of electronics and effects.