Michael Sanderling, son of the contrabassist Barbara Sanderling and the conductor Kurt Sanderling, got his first cello lessons at the age of five in Berlin. At the age of eleven, he became student of Matthias Pfaender at the Spezialschule für Musik Berlin. The 17-year-old Sanderling was accepted at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" and studied with Josef Schwab. He took further lessons with William Pleeth, Yo-Yo Ma, Gary Hoffmann and Lynn Harrell. In 1987 he won a 1st prize at the Maria Canals International Music Competition. The same year, after his debut as a soloist, he was engaged as solo cellist of Kurt Masur's Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra where he stayed until 1992. From 1994 to 2006 he was guest solo cellist at the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (East Berlin). From 1994 to 1998 he was academic at Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler". In 1998 he started teaching at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. Between 2000 and 2003 he was also professor at Hochschule der Künste Bern.
Sanderling lives with his wife in Berlin.
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