Michael Dauth began violin studies under the direction of his father, later studying with Franz Josef Maier and the Amadeus Quartet in Cologne, and with Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School in London. Soon after, he became Concertmaster of Hanover’s North German Radio Orchestra and auditioned for the Berlin Philharmonic, where he was invited to lead the Berlin Philharmonic Octet, Berlin Piano Trio and Chamber Virtuosi. In 1988 he moved to Australia, became Concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony, and was a founding member, Special Concertmaster and Artistic Director of the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Japan, a position he holds today.
Michael Dauth has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Europe, and at all the major festivals including Salzburg, Lucerne, Berlin and Tokyo. His recordings include the Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn violin concertos, the premiere recording of Takemitsu’s Nostalghia, and the Mozart and Brahms Clarinet Quintets with his Japan-based Sunrise String Quartet and Wenzel Fuchs. His recordings with Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa include Eight Seasons, a recording of Piazzolla and Vivaldi.
In 2003 he received the Governor-General’s Centenary medal for service to Australian society and the advancement of music.