Born in Vancouver, Michael Kolk has performed at music festivals and concert halls throughout Europe and North America and has been called "one of the most musical guitarists performing and recording today" (This is Classical Guitar). A prize winner at numerous guitar competitions, he has released four solo albums to date, as well as three albums as part of the HK Guitar Duo, and an album of Mauro Giuliani duos with Jeffrey McFadden. His solo album, Mosaic, was praised as "playing and musicianship of the highest order" by Whole Note Magazine, and received frequent radio play in Canada. He has collaborated with many musicians in both classical and popular genres, and has performed with the Toronto Philharmonia orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company, and CineConcerts, among others. Michael holds an ARCT performance diploma from the Royal Conservatory, and a Master's degree in guitar performance from the University of Toronto. In addition to performing, he currently lives and teaches in Toronto.