Michael Tree received his first violin instruction from his father. He later studied with Efrem Zimbalist, Lea Luboshutz, and Veda Reynolds at the Curtis Institute of Music.
In 1954 Mr. Tree made his Carnegie Hall debut and has since appeared as both violinist and violist with many major orchestras. He has also participated in leading festivals, including Casals, Spoleto, Marlboro, Israel, Santa Fe, Tanglewood, and Aspen.
As a founding member of the Guarneri String Quartet, Mr. Tree has performed on virtually every concert series throughout the world and has been awarded the New York City Seal of Recognition. He has recorded more than 80 chamber music works for the Columbia, RCA, Philips, Arabesque, Nonesuch, and Vanguard labels. In addition, Mr. Tree is a member of the string trio Divertimento and, as violinist, of the Fleisher, Jolley, TreeO.
He is on the faculties of the University of Maryland, Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard School, and Bard College Conservatory of Music. Mr. Tree joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1968.