Michael Lampert received his BA in music theory and composition from Drew University, and his Master of Music in Musicology from the New England Conservatory of Music.
He has studied jazz and improvisation with Harry Leahey, John Carter, Dave Pike and Charlie Banacos; his principal instructors on the mandolin have been Ben Buccola, Andy Statman, and Robert Paul Sullivan. He has also studied classical domra with the distinguished artist Iryna Orlova.
Michael has appeared in numerous clubs and concerts throughout the United States, performing with the eclectic fusion band Blue Fish, The Barbara Reed Quartet, singer/songwriter Michele Cummings and the Lenny Carlson Trio, in addition to leading his own duos, trios and quartets. Michael has also appeared with mandolinist and luthier JP Charles in Salvador, Brazil and with the legendary blues mandolinist and guitarist Rich Del Grosso. He has also performed with Lucky Lloyd and the Blues Shockers and is a music contributor to Theatre Encino. His recordings as a leader include Jacaranda (2001), Blue Gardenia (2005), Ephemeral (2015) and Panoply (2020).
A jazz and blues specialist, he has also collaborated with the luthier Kevin Schwab on the design of the MLS Signature electric mandolin series, which Michael proudly endorses. Michael also plays a bandolim and an acoustic-electric four-string mandolin by Jean Paul Charles of Salvador, Brazil