Mikhail Zemtsov first took violin lessons from his mother Ludmila Levinson at the age of 5, later studying at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Prof. G. Odinetz).
Mikhail Zemtsov is currently playng about 60 solo and chamber music concerts a year. He is also a principal violist in The Hague Philharmonic (Residentie Orkest Den Haag, chef conductor Neeme Jarvi), a position he has held since 2001, since 2004 he is also a member of the Artistic Comitee of this orchestra. In 2010 Mikhail got a teaching position at the Utrecht Conservatory and he became conductor of the Concerto Grosso Youth Chamber Orchestra in Roterdam.
Achievements, participation in competitions, festivals:
He gained Soloist Diplomas with Distinction from ABRSM (Mexico-GB, B. Dinerstein), Hochschuele fuer Musik in Hamburg (Germany,M. Nichetianu) and Maastricht Conservatory (Netherlands, M. Kugel). He is a prizewinner of the First International Viola Competition (Vienna) and of the Elisa Meyer String Competition (Hamburg).
Mikhail Zemtsov has participated in numerous International Festivals – Cervantino, Camarissima (Mexico) Rosendal, Egersund (Norway) Baastad (Sweden) Luebecker Kammermusikfest, Oldenburger Promenade, Amadeus Aachen, Bodensee (Germany), Cividale del Friuli, Tuscan Sun Cortona, Settimane Musicale di Stresa (Italy) Ost-West Musikfest (Austria), Neeme Jarvi Academy (Estonia), Gaia (Switzerland), Grachten festival, Schostakovitch festival Amsterdam, Delft, Middelburg, Peter de Grote Groningen, Storioni Eindhoven (Holland).
Mikhail plays duo with the guitarist Enno Voorhorst (Duo Macondo), he is also a member of the trio with Emily Beynon (soloflutist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra ) and the harpist Godelieve Schrama.
Zemtsov's solo appearances include performances with the Moscow Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, Lima Philharmonic, New World Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony of Mexico, Luxembourg Philharmonic (R.Strauss "Don Quixote" with Misha Maisky as cello soloist), Wiener Volksoper, Hamburger Symphoniker, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra (Norway) ODSO (Canada), Residentie Orkest (Netherlands) under Jaap van Zweden, Neeme Jarvi, Dmitri Kitaenko, Ilan Volkov, David Shallon.
He has recorded 6 chamber music CDs for Sony Masterworks, Tower Records, Deutsche Welle. His Solo CD "The Last Rose of Summer" (including world premier recording on viola of "The Last Rose of Summer" by W. Ernst) has been placed as number 2 among Top 50 on the TROS - Dutch Brodcast/TV Channel and it got 9 points (exellent) in the main dutch recording magazin "LUISTER".