Michael DeBruyn

Cellist Michael DeBruyn joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra during the 2013-2014 season. Prior to joining the Pittsburgh Symphony, DeBruyn was principal cellist of the Louisville Orchestra. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

DeBruyn grew up in Nashville, Tenn., and began studying the cello at the age of four. His former teachers include Dr. Felix Wang, Dr. Tanya Carey, Richard Aaron and Desmond Hoebig. His summer engagements have included the Meadowmount School of Music, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival and the Aspen Music Festival.

As a chamber musician, DeBruyn has worked closely with members of the Arianna, Pacifica, Cavani and Cleveland Quartets. In 1998, he received an honorable mention in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition as a member of the Blakemore Quartet. DeBruyn and his wife, Francesca Tortorello, have been performing together as a professional duo since 2004.