Worldwide viola player Michael Tree died on 31 March. He was 84 years old. Tree was born in New Ark, New Jersey in 1934. Father is a famous violinist, Samuel Applebaum who was also an educator who published numerous articles on music, books, teaching materials and so on. Trie was instructed from his father at a young age and entered the Curtis Institute of Music. He studied under a famous violinist from Russia, Efrem Zimbalist (1889 – 1985).
At the age of 20 he made his debut at Carnegie Hall and repeatedly performed with the nationwide orchestra. After that he played an active part in chamber music. Acting as a founding member of Guarneri String Quartet (1964 – 2009), he has over 80 recordings. He served not only in his mother’s school but also in the Juilliard School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, a professor at the University of Maryland and Rutgers University and was a core member of the Marlboro Music Festival for education.