"I tell my students, ‘When you play with a group, you don’t play chops; you’re the timekeeper of the band. If you don’t groove, if you don’t lock with the bass player, that group doesn’t function, and they’re going to call somebody else.’"
"Early on in my career, I discovered that the power and magic of music from geographically diverse areas gave me a new understanding of the world. It is my goal to share my enthusiasm for and understanding of world music elements with my students."
Hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the "ideal musician of the 21st century," Mike Block is a pioneering multi-style cellist, composer, and educator. While still studying at the Juilliard School, Block joined Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and shortly thereafter also joined Mark O’Connor’s Appalachia Waltz Trio.