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Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2019 personal letter of congratulations to Michael.  Click here!

"Miles is Chicago's best kept of the leading lights of contemporary instrumental music." 
- Midwest Record



Michael is represented by

Siegel Artist Management

(570) 258-5700

10 LIVE VIDEO CLIPS with some of the world's greatest musicians--Darol Anger on violin, Corky Siegel on harmonica, Erkan Ogur of Turkey and many more. 



New Releases

A-sides CD

Fingerstyle guitar with Darol Anger on violin 


Two New Hal Leonard books



To Play on the Banjo 
(co-written with Greg Cahill)


CD's On Sale




Orchestra and
String Quartet

“Thanks for the music you make.”  Yo-Yo Ma

"A remarkable first reaction to his playing was a smile, and then amazement." 
    - Janos Starker, Indiana University 

Michael J. Miles has been a student of classical music his entire career, and an important contributor to modern interpretation of classical music since the release of his groundbreaking American Bach CD, a unique exploration of the works of J.S. Bach performed on banjo.


Michael has integrated his passion for Bach on the banjo with traditional classical music organizations and performers, having collaborated with numerous professional orchestras and ensembles including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the de Pasquale String Quartet from the Philadelphia Orchestra.


Michael Miles in concert with the de Pasquale String Quartet from the Philadelphia Orchestra. 


Michael has also integrated his unique approach to classical music with his love of teaching, and regularly works with high school and middle school orchestras performing a repertoire featuring works by J.S. Bach, as well as original compositions like the "Yellowbird Concerto" and "Chicago Trilogy" that are informed by the best of classical music.


Michael's classical musicianship has been praised not only by critics, but by noted classical musicians and scholars like Yo-Yo Ma and Professor Emeritus and world-renowned cellist,  Janos Starker.


"Yellowbird Concerto:  Prelude"

“The most striking work unfolded in an original piece, his 'Yellowbird Concerto,' written for banjo and orchestra but played here by Miles with the Chamber Blues String Quartet.

The classical setting sounded thoroughly natural...The concerto managed to express the down-home Americana spirit of Miles' banjo writing in an unapologetically classical context.

Why hasn't this work been given a hearing with a noteworthy orchestra?”

       - Howard Reich,
Chicago Tribune

  Courante Movement of Suite For The Americas performed by Michael along with Chamber Blues String Quartet.  

Dorian Movement of Suite For The Americas performed by Michael along with Chamber Blues String Quartet.  


"New Century Suite" performed with Orchestra.


"New Century Suite" performed solo.