Michael Dolak, born 1979 in Leipzig, is one of the most successful and versatile bandoneonists in Germany today. Since the age of six he has been playing the accordion and studied bandoneon from 2003 to 2007 at “Rotterdam Academy of World Music” with Victor Hugo Villena, Leo Vervelde, Gustavo Beytelmann and Coco Nelegatti. Since 2007 he lives as a freelance musician and teacher in Berlin.
As a soloist he has performed with the Bavarian State Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra, National Youth Ballet, Georgian Chamber Orchestra Ingolstadt, hr-Bigband, Central Saxon Philharmonic Orchestra, New Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra and Trier Philharmonic Orchestra among others.
With “Cuarteto Rotterdam” (co-founded by him in 2004) he is a regular guest all over Europe and a multiple prizewinner of international competitions in Klingenthal (Germany), Stowe (USA) and Castelfidardo (Italy). His collaboration with renowned artists such as Gotan Project, Ute Lemper and Luis Borda took him to over 20 countries and resulted in numerous recordings.