Michael Locati received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in violin performance at Rutgers University as a student of Arnold Steinhardt of the Guarneri String Quartet. Other teachers include Taras Gabora, Albert Gillis, Michael Tree, and Dr. David Margetts. Michael has been active as a chamber musician in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. He has performed as first violinist with the Tristan String Quartet (Canada) and the Petra String Quartet (New Jersey). He has been an artist in residence at Seton Hall University, the Shaw Festival in Canada, and the Pundaquit Chamber Music Festival in the Philippines. Michael was the winner of the 1992 St. Louis Artist Presentation Society Award and the Ellen M. Egger Award in viola performance.