Joel Michael-Schwartz is an eclectic, electrifying young mandolinist/composer. Comfortable playing and fusing Bach, bebop, funk, flamenco, and much more, he brings passion, command, and a quirky sense of fun to all his artistic endeavors.

Dedicated to his instrument and to the art of solo and small group performance, Joel is constantly trying to push his boundaries and that of his instrument, be it through composition, improvised concerts, solo performances, or whatever else comes his way. This leads him from serious “high art” to groove-based to profoundly goofy music.

Based in Baltimore, MD, Joel performs, records, and teaches throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, and occasionally beyond.