Michael was also a founding member and Principal Bass of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra from 2005-2008. He has enjoyed performing, recording, and touring the world with these and other ensembles, playing with many of the great conductors and soloists of our time.
Michael Fuller grew up in California, where he spent most of his childhood playing basketball and other sports. As a teenager he discovered the electric bass and became very enthusiastic about practicing and making music with his friends. During this brief career as a rock musician he recorded and played in clubs around the San Francisco Bay Area with various bands. At the age of 19 he decided to begin playing the double bass, having become more and more interested in classical music. After one year on the instrument he got into the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, a great experience that inspired him to continue on his new path. Another year later he was accepted into the Manhattan School of Music in New York City as a student of Timothy Cobb, Principal Bass of the Metropolitan Opera. Other influential teachers include Leigh Mesh, Associate Principal of the Met; Shinji Eshima of the San Francisco Opera, and Barry Green.
Michael is honoured to play in such a great orchestra as the Philharmonia, and is inspired daily by his colleagues' dedication and artistry.