Michael Kozakis is an active percussionist and educator in the Chicago area. As a performer, Michael has played with many different groups including the Chicago Symphony, Lyric Opera Orchestra, Grant Park Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Ars Viva, Chicago Philharmonic, Joffrey Ballet, Illinois Philharmonic, Elgin Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta and MusicNOW. He has played in the studio for many national TV and radio commercials and accompanied well-known personalities such as Sting, Il Divo and Johnny Mathis. Michael held two one-year positions as a full-time percussionist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 2005-07.
As an educator, Michael is a certified K-12 teacher in Illinois and enjoys teaching all levels of students from junior high school through college. Michael serves on the percussion faculty of the DePaul School of Music and Carthage College and is a private teacher/drumline coach at two northwest suburban high schools near his home. Michael often gives master classes and adjudicates at local high schools, youth orchestras and Days of Percussion.
As a marimba concerto soloist, Michael has soloed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Rockford Symphony.
Michael received his bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music with a double major in music education and performance and a master’s degree in performance from the DePaul School of Music.