Michael Buccicone joined the Columbus Symphony in 1979. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, he first studied violin with his grandfather beginning at the age of 6, and later continued his studies with Michael Ficocelli and Fred Rosenberg at the Dana School of Music. He later studied with Sigmund Effron, Concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony and Constantine Karajief at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, where he received his bachelor’s degree. He became a member of the Arkansas Symphony in 1974 as principal second violinist. Later he continued his studies at Michigan State University with Walter Verdehr, Lyman Bodman and Robert Mann and received his master’s degree in performance. He has performed with numerous Orchestras in Ohio and Michigan before coming to Columbus. Michael presently is Vice-President of the Central Ohio Federation of Musicians, Local #103, a member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Committee, International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) delegate and a musician representative to the CSO Board. As a lover of automobiles he is often attending local car shows and events of the 928 Buckeye Landsharks and the Mid-Ohio Porsche Club of America. Michael lives in Centerburg and enjoys the pace of rural living. He plays a Tetsuo Matsuda violin made in 1989.