Michael Rau


Hometown: Newton, Iowa
Alma mater: New England Conservatory
Appearances: Pacific Music Festival, 2014; Music Academy of the West, 2012
Musical origins: I began playing violin at the age of 7 because my mom chose it for me.
Most fun piece to play:
Anything by Tchaikovsky
Favorite obscure piece:
Arturo Márquez’s Danzón No. 2 for orchestra
Favorite composer fact:
Bach was thrown into prison because he disobeyed the prince.
Which composer would have had the best Twitter account: John Cage
Best music to have on repeat: Brahms’ chamber music
Last book read: A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Marin
Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Support new music and new composers.
Time travel desination: The early 1900’s