A celebrated performer and instructor, Michael Riendeau is a Teaching Artist for the Negaunee Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), as well as Ravinia’s REACH* TEACH* PLAY * Educational Programs, and for Urban Gateways. He also works privately with students throughout Chicago’s north shore.
He collaborates with The Irene Taylor Trust ‘Music in Prisons’ program in partnership with the CSO, bringing creative music projects to incarcerated youth.
Michael studied percussion at Lawrence University Conservatory, receiving his B.A. double-majoring in Music and French. His studies took him to the Akanga Music School in France and to Dakar, Senegal, where he immersed himself in the music and culture of West Africa.
Since then Michael has made three trips to West Africa, most recently accompanying legendary djembefola and folklorist Bolokada Conde to the artist’s home in the Sankaran region of Guinea.
Michael has performed at the Pritzker Pavilion, where he shared the stage with the members of the CSO, the Silk Road Ensemble, and Yo-Yo Ma, at Summerfest in Milwaukee and Lollapalooza Chicago, as well as the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and various other venues around the world.
Examples of Michael’s Urban Gateways programs: