Michael Seth Orland studied piano with Margaret Kohn and is a graduate of the UC Berkeley Music Department, where he studied harpsichord with Davitt Moroney and composition with Gérard Grisey. He later continued his study of composition with David Sheinfeld.
Orland has appeared extensively in the Bay Area as a chamber musician, playing with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, EARPLAY, the Empyrean Ensemble, the Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players, New Music Theater, Other Minds, and in the San Francisco Symphony’s New and Unusual Music series. He has performed modern works throughout California, the venues including UC campuses at San Diego, Davis, and Santa Cruz, at Sacramento State University, the Crocker Gallery, and Cal Arts. He has played in the June in Buffalo Festival and in the Gund Concert Series at Kenyon College in Ohio, as well as in the Mendocino Music Festival. Orland may be heard on recordings of contemporary music released by CRI and Centaur. He has appeared often as a freelance symphony musician, and has performed many times as a pianist in vocal recitals, as well as in vocal master classes given on the UC Berkeley campus by Frederica von Stade and Sanford Sylvan. Orland is on the music faculty at Berkeley and also teaches there in the Young Musicians Program.