Michael Kollwitz

One of the instrument’s earliest pioneers and one of Emmett Chapman’s first students, Michael is a Chapman Stick virtuoso with 38 years experience. Played with both hands using a pianistic technique on a stringed instrument, the Chapman Stick is unique, versatile and probably the most expressive musical instrument ever devised. The result is a full sound unlike any other instrument.

Spreading the music of the Chapman Stick, Michael has performed at over a thousand festivals, fairs & corporate events combined. Carlos Santana said his music is “a gift from the heart”. He’s been an opening act for The Beach Boys, The Goo Goo Dolls, Henry Kapono and has introduced many to the new instrument including Mick Fleetwood, Herbie Hancock, Keith Emerson and others.

His music has been featured on national radio, television appearances and an award winning short documentary. His musical style encompasses light jazz, classic rock, latin, Hawaiian and other influences. With a catalog of 19 releases he is one of the most prolific Chapman Stick recording artists to date. [+]