Michael Antonello trained at Curtis in Philadelphia and in Bloomington, Indiana with distinguished violinist Franco Gulli. Antonello was concertmaster of the Grand Rapids Symphony in Michigan and the Rochester Symphony in Minnesota and has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra. He has become a specialist in the works of Fritz Kreisler, and is well on his way to recording Kreisler's complete works. Antonello had been looking for a prime Stradivarius for many years, and when the Ex-Rochester became available, he snatched it up sight unseen on the recommendation of a violin dealer in Chicago. The violin was made in 1720, when Stradivari was seventy-six years old and at his peak. The first 100 years of its history are unknown, but since 1820, in Rochester, England, every owner can be traced down to Antonello. In recent years Antonello has re-committed himself to his solo violin career, and expanding the talent he developed in his youth.
"Antonello is a poetic player" - Fanfare September/October 1992
"A violinist who can elicit tears, laughter, and a standing ovation." - Grand Rapids Press, April 1994
"Not only is Antonello a joy to listen to, but also to watch, especially when he rises on tiptoes to reach the top notes." - The Scotsman, (Edinburgh) August 30, 1995
"Antonello is accompanied by an excellent pianist who has improvised here a marvelous accompaniment to the Leclair sonata. I was enchanted by Arnstein' s ornate new accompaniment." - Fanfare, September/October 1992