Michael van der Sloot’s first twelve years of study on the violin and then on
the viola were with his brother William at the Medicine Hat College. He then
completed his Bachelor and Masters of Music degrees on the viola at the University
of British Columbia studying with Gerald Stanick. Other instructors include
internationally renowned musicians such as Martha Katz, Karen Tuttle, Bernard
Zaslav, Andrew Dawes and Donald McInnes.
Mr. van der Sloot has had success at various solo and chamber competitions and
toured throughout Western Canada as a soloist and chamber musician. In addition,
he was awarded the Johann Strauss Foundation Scholarship for study in
Austria, where he pursued doctoral studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with
Mr. van der Sloot has played in various orchestras across Western Canada. While in
Europe, he continued to perform with the Salzburg Chamber Soloists throughout
Switzerland, Austria, Italy and France including a performance at the Theatre Rue
Champs Ellysee in Paris and the Musikverein in Vienna.
In addition to his performing, van der Sloot is a passionate teacher. He taught on
faculty at the Medicine Hat College as Academy Director for 11 years; instructing
violin, viola, chamber music, and chamber orchestra. Under his guidance, the
institution gained international recognition through the success of its students at
National and International competitions.
van der Sloot then moved to Victoria, BC as Professor of Viola at
Camosun College and String Department Head at the Victoria Conservatory of Music
from 2010-2017. He also became Artistic Director of the Collegium Program for
gifted young musicians. This program progressed to a standard receiving an
international recognition. Many of his former students can now be found in music
schools, symphonies and chamber groups throughout North America.
He has had the pleasure of being a guest instructor at various
institutions across Canada, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Central
Conservatory in Beijing. He has instructed at summer camps and festivals, and
enjoys adjudicating festivals at various cities throughout Canada.
He is currently Associate Professor and Chamber Music Coordinator at the
University of Ottawa teaching viola, violin and chamber music.