In 1994 I started up the Internet Cello Society. I was the director for 12 years, after which Tim Janof continued to lead ICS. During the recent process of gifting the Internet Cello Society (cello.org) to the wonderful CelloBello organization, Paul Katz asked that I write a few words about ICS and its humble beginnings. During this pandemic, I first dismissed the idea as a personal nostalgic indulgence; however, as with all history, there are things past that inform our present state of affairs. So, if you will allow, here is a brief recount… In 1994, when I first browsed the internet on a Mosaic browser app, the first word I typed into the search was “cello”. I was ecstatic to get 4 hits! Two entries mentioned the cello as [...]
About John Michel
John Michel, in his twenty-seventh year as cello professor at Central Washington University, enjoys his career as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher.
In addition to regular solo recital programs, he has performed a dozen concertos including the Shostakovich #1, Herbert, Dvorak and the Brahms Double with his wife Carrie Rehkopf. In double series concerts, Mr. Michel has performed all of the six Bach Cello Suites for memory, and regularly appears in the Seattle Bach Marathon. He has published many recordings and numerous live performances that are readily available online.
Mr. Michel is cellist and founding member of the Kairos String Quartet, which holds an endowed professorship as the resident ensemble of Central Washington University and Icicle Creek. He is the founder and former director of the Internet Cello Society (cello.org), a cyber-community of cellists