Son of a professional freelance violinist in Manhattan, Michael Laster remembers composing short melodies on piano while in elementary school, in addition to conducting Disney's Fantasia along with Stokowski, a film which triggered a lasting love for classical music. After playing drums for two years, Michael became interested in electric guitar at age 13, playing each year in his high school's annual concert. After watching Leonard Bernstein's series of lectures at Harvard, The Unanswered Question, the emotional range and the aesthetic challenge of concert music proved irresistible. Michael has had his works performed by The Yakima Symphony Chamber Orchestra and other various ensembles while serving as a composer-in- residence at The Seasons Festival in Yakima, WA. Michael has studied privately with Daron Hagen in New York, and with David Del Tredici at The City College of New York. As of 2016, Michael holds a BA in music, and has been awarded the Presser Scholarship from CCNY's music department.